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Volunteers in Preston needed to teach children how to read

Posted on - 2nd April, 2024 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Charities, Education, Preston News, Proud Preston

A children’s literacy charity is looking for volunteers to help teach primary school children in Preston to read.

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Schoolreaders, aims to spread the joy of reading, with data showing that every year one in four children leave primary school unable to read to the expected standard.

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The charity recruits volunteers to listen to children’s reading, focusing on schools where children require the most support.

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Volunteers are asked to listen to children read once a week in term time, committing to an academic year.

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With Schoolreaders help, 95% of children supported by a volunteer improve their reading age and 87% improve their reading enjoyment.

Sheena, retired and a Schoolreaders volunteer said: “For me, establishing a rapport with each child and recognising their uniqueness by making the sessions relevant and fun is what counts and the earlier we can do this the better.

“Reading skills and developing a love of books from the earliest age will hopefully aid children to become confident, interested and engaged readers who read for pleasure.

“I thoroughly enjoy my time listening to readers and look forward to returning to school after half term.”

A volunteers at Schoolreaders helping a child with his reading.

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By applying, new volunteers will be matched to a partner school and have to complete a mandatory DBS check before starting.

To find out more you can visit the Schoolreaders website.

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