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Read to Lead

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"It’s a wonderful journey; a homecoming of sorts. You change when you hear an extract or a poem read to you for the first time, everytime"

Read to Lead graduate

Our flagship course, Read to Lead offers a total immersion in The Reader's innovative Shared Reading model. The programme can be delivered as an intensive three day course or as a sequence of modules delivered over an extended period.  

Who is Read to Lead for? 

  • Reader staff – every member of our team, from the Finance Assistant to Volunteer Coordinators, all undertake Read to Lead as part of their initial training. 

  • Staff and Volunteers from partner organisations or commissioned projects who want to bring Shared Reading into their workplace or local community. 

  • Individuals or organisations who want to discover more about Shared Reading and The Reader's wider work. 

Whether you are an employer who wants to make Shared Reading part of your workplace wellbeing scheme, or an individual who wants to start a group in your local community, Read to Lead can provide a full understanding of the practice, environment and impact of Shared Reading 

What to expect from a  Read to Lead course? 

  • You will experience and enjoy the dynamics of Shared Reading in action. 

  • You will develop an in depth understanding of the model's potential to bring about change. 

  • You will explore how Shared Reading creates a supportive space that enables open, creative discussion. 

  • You will develop the practical skills, knowledge and resources essential to successful Shared Reading delivery and a greater understanding of the emotional resilience required of the practice. 

We run regular Read to Lead courses throughout the year which are open to individuals, if you are interested in attending an upcoming date please complete the application form below: 

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Download Read to Lead application form - Electronic version 

If you are interested in commissioning a bespoke Read to Lead course for your company or organisation, the course can be tailored for specific settings or sectors such as health, children and young people or criminal justice. Courses can be delivered anywhere in the UK and beyond – we have previously delivered Read to Lead training in Australia, Denmark, Belgium and Ireland. Get in touch to find out more. 

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To find out more about how to commission a Read to Lead course, sign up for one of our open courses or for general information please contact Lisa Spurgin, Membership and Courses Assistant: 

Read first-hand perspectives from previous Read to Lead graduates:
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Beyond Read to Lead

Completion of Read to Lead provides participants with a range of ways in which to travel further, including:

  • The Shared Reading Refresher. This valuable continuation of Read to Lead delves deeper into the Shared Reading environment and provides an opportunity to reconnect with other explorers.
  • Access to the Shared Reading Hub, an active on-line community of Shared Reading practitioners
  • A year’s subscription to The Reader magazine


The Read to Lead programme costs £750 per person.

Bespoke Read to Lead programmes require a minimum of 8 participants.  

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