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 to help us in our 2018 fundraising challenge. Sign up your group now to stage a fun and informative evening while also raising money for the Schoolreaders cause. We’re hoping to have groups all over the country holding events in early March 2018 – email us today to tell us you’d like to be part of the first Schoolreaders Book Club Challenge at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information will follow in January.
“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.