Catching up on lost literacy - we're ready for the challenge
We have adapted our service so that we can continue supporting children's reading at home and at school. As well as face-to-face reading support, we're providing a video service - Schoolreaders Storytime - and a new digital volunteering option
What we do
We believe that all children should leave primary school 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 support with an attentive adult helps children's reading fluency, comprehension and enjoyment. It is a crucial supplement to classroom teaching for many children.
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.
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A message for reading volunteers and partner schools
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 registered 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 don't hesitate to contact us on
* National Curriculum Assessments: Key Stage 2, 2019 (interim), www.gov.uk, updated 13/12/2019 Department for Education