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Our vision is that every child should learn to read well.
There has never been a more important time for our work.

What we do

We recruit volunteers to listen to children read in primary schools.  One-to-one practice with the support of an attentive adult helps improve children's reading fluency and is a crucial supplement to classroom teaching.  Even before Covid, 1 in 4 children left primary school unable to read well*, and the situation is now much worse especially for the most disadvantaged children.  Help children catch up on vital reading skills by volunteering, donating or supporting us - you'll be making a life-changing difference to a child who needs your help. 
 
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Could you walk, run, cycle, swim or even hop to help give children a brighter future?

Join Race for Reading today to make a world of difference to children's literacy and life chances.

 

Kindly sponsored by:

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Hear from some primary school pupils benefitting from time with a Schoolreader

I wanted to volunteer at a school where the kids aren’t reading well or don’t have stories

"I wanted to volunteer in a primary school where the children aren’t reading well or don’t have stories read to them when they go home at night."

Alison, volunteer, Birmingham

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'Thank you so much for the wonderful books – they are fabulous and I know the children will love them.’

Schoolreaders Partner School

Thank you to Moonlight Publishing who have provided us with some of their beautiful picture books for 5-7 year olds to support our charitable work. Read more here.

Update for volunteers and schools – May 2022

VOLUNTEERS:

There's still time to volunteer in a primary school this academic year. We have a particular need for individuals who can support schools who have the greatest need for our scheme. Do sign up here

SCHOOLS:

We welcome new partner schools to join our free scheme especially if you have many pupils who require extra reading support. Please sign up today

National curriculum assessments at Key Stage 2 in England, 2019 (revised), p 4, www.gov.uk, updated 13th December 2019, Department for Education