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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. 

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

Head teacher David Griffiths, who ran 5km every day for a year for Schoolreaders, raising £2,000, explains why children's literacy is so important. Read more here.

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Congratulations to Michael, 7, and Aurelia, 10, winners of our Summertime Book Review Competition. Here's Michael's drawing of Grandpa's Great Escape by David Walliams.

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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 – December 2021 / January 2022


Due to increased demand we are looking for new volunteers to start in school next term (Jan 22). We have a particular need for individuals who can support schools who have the greatest need for our scheme. Do sign up here. Many of our current volunteers are now back in school but if you are an existing volunteer and haven't heard from your school, please make contact with them directly. For any other questions, please do get in touch with us. 


We are accepting 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