On 1st December 2016, the Schoolreaders team were invited to 3 Counties Radio to talk to Nick Coffer about the work of the charity across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.
To listen to the interview, please visit iPlayer radio by clicking here.
The interview with Schoolreaders begins on 2 hours 43 minutes.
It has been a very busy year for Schoolreaders. There are now 250 volunteers participating in the scheme and 127 partner schools across 22 counties. In the next academic year, the time committed by our volunteers will be the equivalent of 150000 ten minute reading sessions!
To see our 2016 summer newsletter, please click here
Earlier this year Schoolreaders Chairman, Jane Whitbread, along with other members of the team, visited the Department of Education for a meeting with Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools.
The meeting raised government awareness of Schoolreaders, and the Department of Education undertook to help us with guidance, endorsement, contacts, and by suggesting routes to funding.
Mr Gibb was pleased to hear how the Schoolreaders volunteers are helping children achieve greater reading fluency, speed, confidence and comprehension. He was keen to see the scheme in action, and intends to visit one of our schools soon. Mr Gibb clearly recognised that the success of Schoolreaders rests principally on the shoulders of our dedicated group of volunteers, and he stressed the need to retain as many readers as possible over time.
Our thanks to Richard Fuller MP for organising this meeting.
Thank you to both schools and volunteers for your feedback over the summer. The responses are extremely encouraging and have provided us with important insights to help develop the Schoolreaders scheme in the coming year.
93% of school respondents rated the volunteer impact on the children as good or excellent.
Individual schools commented on improvements to reading confidence, expression and fluency, even motivation of the children.
"Volunteer support has a fantastic impact on our pupils. We truly believe the more you read, the more you know and our volunteer helpers support this.”
Deputy Headteacher, Central Bedfordshire School
Our school readers were asked in their feedback if they felt the 1-1 reading time had a positive impact on the children they worked with at the school.
95% noted a positive impact on reading confidence.
83% noted a positive impact on reading fluency.
73% noted a positive impact on reading comprehension.
This academic year we estimate our current volunteers will support 1100 children every week and will commit up to 11000 hours to schools in their community.
That is 66,000 10 minute reading sessions!
A big thank you to our volunteers and schools for your continued support. Together, we will make a difference.
Schoolreaders is currently in the process of extending its coverage across the country. If you are a new visitor to our website and would like to register an interest in the scheme either as a partner school or a reading volunteer, please contact us via the Apply section, our Contact Us page or call us on 01234 924111.
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Schoolreaders is currently in the process of extending its coverage across the country. If you would like to register an interest about Schoolreaders either as a partner school or a reading volunteer, please contact us via the Apply section, our Contact Us page or call us on 01234 924111.
WI Life, the Women's Institute magazine which showcases the wide-ranging activities of its members, has written an article about the involvement of Bedfordshire WI members as 1-1 reading volunteers in the Schoolreaders scheme.
The Schoolreaders team enjoyed their day at the Rotary District 1260 Conference in St Albans, Hertfordshire on 21 March 2015.
Thanks to District Governor Jenny Muir’s invitation, we were able to raise awareness of the desperate need to improve literacy in our primary schools and to share our enthusiasm for Schoolreaders with many of the 500 Rotarians present.
Schoolreaders provide volunteers to schools to listen to children read on a one to one basis. Thanks to the support of Rotary we now have more potential volunteers and several requests for speakers.