Back to school - we're ready for the challenge

Our volunteers are ready to get back into classrooms to give free one-to-one reading practice sessions.  Find out how you can play your part in mending the damage done by COVID-19 and setting children on the path to good literacy.








We believe that all children should leave their primary schools able to read well.  Good literacy at this age is the cornerstone of success in secondary education and in later life.   But as many as one in four children left primary school in 2018* unable to read well, and this figure will have been made worse by the COVID-19 crisis. 

We recruit volunteers to listen to children read in primary schools.  One-to-one reading practice with an attentive adult helps children's reading fluency and comprehension and is a crucial - but often absent - supplement to classroom teaching.  

Everyone benefits from the Schoolreaders scheme; the children, the schools and the volunteers themselves - a little of their time can translate into life-changing improvements to a child's reading ability.

Our mission

We are recruiting new volunteers; apply today and we will place you in a school that needs you as soon as we can.


If you are already a volunteer and would like to discuss the timing of your return to school, or are interested in hearing about options for virtual rather than in-person volunteering, please contact us via email or on the telephone number below. 


If you are a partner school and would like to discuss any aspect of the resumption of our services, please contact us via email or on the telephone number below.

The safety of volunteers, children and teachers is of the utmost importance to Schoolreaders. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact us on 

A message for reading volunteers and partner schools

Watch our short film to find out what our charity does and to hear from some of the children benefitting from our support.

for Schoolreaders

Click here to put your lockdown creativity to good use - enter your photographs, paintings, needlework or other creations in our competition. Judges include potter Emma Bridgewater (pictured here) and winners will receive a fabulous prize and have their entries exhibited in a London gallery!

Photo © Emma Bridgewater Ltd

*  National Curriculum Assessments: Key Stage 2, 2018 (provisional). Published by the Department for Education and Standards and Testing Agency, 4/9/2018

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