Tes talks to…Teresa Cremin

The Open University professor and trustee of the UK Literacy Association tells Kate Townshend that if teachers really want their pupils to be keen readers and writers, they need to show them that they are keen readers and writers themselves

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Teresa Cremin has some questions for you: when was the last time you read a book? When was the last time you did some non-work-related writing? And when was the last time that you asked your students to do either of those things?

The answer to that last question will likely come more readily to mind than the answers to the first two. And Cremin, who is a professor of education at The Open University, thinks that is a problem.

“It’s critical to think about authenticity,” she explains. “It’s not about being a role model for the sake of it, but offering young people an authentic example of an ...

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