As primary schools across the country aim to meet the tough literacy targets set out by government, a new volunteer group has sprung up enabling local people with a love for the written word to go into schools and read with pupils.
A National curriculum assessments at key stage 2 in England, 2019 states: “65% of pupils reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths (combined) and 11% pupils reached the higher standard” but this figure still suggests that many children are falling short of the expected standards.
‘School Readers‘ is the only national literacy charity which recruits, matches and supports reading volunteers to help primary school children, at no cost to the school.
There are primary schools registered with School Readers in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch areas who are looking for volunteers that could spare an hour or two a week during term time, just to listen to children read. You would be matched up to the primary school nearest to where you live.
Anyone who is willing to volunteer, simply need to complete an online application via the Schoolreaders website or call Schoolreaders team on 01234 924 222.