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, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Pembrokeshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Greater London. We are open to applications nationwide.
To date, over 500 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.
To date over 1,200 volunteers have joined the scheme. If you have a little free time to give on a regular basis and would be interested in joining the scheme, then please click here.
We're calling on keen Book Clubbers all over the country to have a go at our fun quiz about books and literacy. Your Club could win a case of Prosecco, or Book Tokens for all members. And you'll be helping us to raise funds!
Why not join in and stage a quiz evening between March and May while also raising money for the Schoolreaders cause? We want Book Groups everywhere to sign up; click here to find out more and to register your club. We'd be delighted to have you along for the first Schoolreaders Book Club Challenge!
“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.