Schoolreaders is an organisation that aims to help children improve their literacy by providing volunteers to listen to children read in schools with the support of organisations including WI, U3A, Inner Wheel and Age UK.
What do we do?
We match reading volunteers with local primary schools to listen to children read in schools on a 1-1 basis.
This is a free service for both the school and volunteer.
Where are we?
We launched in Bedfordshire in 2013 and have now expanded to Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Carmarthenshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, Cumbria, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Pembrokeshire, Surrey, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Greater London.
We are open to applications nationwide.
To date, over 130 schools have joined the scheme. There is no charge made for the introduction; the school may agree to pay for the DBS administration charge on behalf of the volunteer. If you are a state school and would like to join the scheme then please click here.
If you are a member of a local/national organisation and have a little free time to give on a regular basis and would be interested in joining the scheme, then please click here.
“We are delighted with the success of the Schoolreaders project and believe it will play an important contribution helping children learn to read and in them becoming established independent readers.