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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


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


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,, updated 13th December 2019, Department for Education