Children’s Literacy Charity Schoolreaders is looking for more volunteers who can help spread the joy of reading to children in primary schools in Plymouth.
Every year, 1 in 4 children leave primary school unable to read to the expected standard 1. Schoolreaders recruits volunteers to listen to children read in primary schools, focusing on schools where children require the most support. Volunteers are asked to listen to children read once a week in term time and to commit to an academic year.
95% of children supported by a Schoolreaders volunteer improve their reading age 2 . Partner schools also reported that volunteers had a positive impact on pupils with 95% improving their reading confidence and 87% their reading enjoyment. Additionally, children benefit enormously from the volunteers as positive role models in the classroom.
Jane Whitbread, founder of Schoolreaders, comments “Children who leave primary school unable to read well can’t access their secondary schooling fully which will compromise their life opportunities. One in seven adults in England (7.1 million) are functionally illiterate 3 and cannot read instructions on a medicine label, sit a driving theory test or fill in a job application form. Working together we can change this.
“ Our Schoolreaders volunteers provide a crucial supplement to classroom teaching and are welcomed by schools and the children. If more children gain pleasure from reading from an early age and their reading fluency and confidence improves too, communities and society will reap the benefits.”
A Plymouth based Schoolreaders volunteer, currently reading at Plympton St Maurice Primary School explains his experience, “The eight months have flown by, I am really enjoying listening to the children read to me. I am finding that they are getting more and more confident, in reading to an adult in a one-on-one situation, which can be a daunting experience.
“I must say that I am impressed with their reading ability and the way they conduct themselves is polite and helpful.”
To find out more about Schoolreaders visit www.schoolreaders.org. By applying now, new volunteers will be matched as quickly as possible to a partner school and be ready to start in the autumn once they have completed a mandatory DBS check and virtual safeguarding training.