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

We provide one-to-one reading support for children both at school and in their homes via three different means; face-to-face reading in classrooms, online reading support sessions and through the Schoolreaders Storytime video library.  

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.  As many as one in four children left primary school in 2019 unable to read well*, and the situation has been made worse by the Covid-19 crisis.   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. 

What we do

Hear from some of the children benefitting from time with a Schoolreader

COVID-19: A message for reading volunteers and partner schools


Schools are now open; if you are interested in volunteering please 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 talk to us, 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. 

Could you step up for

children's literacy?

March to June '21

Sign up for our challenge, get active and change children's lives!

March to June '21

With thanks to our sponsor:

Writer and explorer

Levison Wood is supporting the Race for Reading campaign.  He walked the entire length of the Nile and he may be fitter than most but like all of us he wants to do his bit to champion better literacy. 

If you’re feeling full of beans post-lockdown (or if you’re not) why not set yourself a positive challenge? You could help improve children’s reading while you run, cycle, or even walk your dog. We’re hoping that during the 80 days of the event we’ll jointly travel the distance around the world - have a go and be part of reaching this 25,000-mile target!


If you are a partner school and would like to talk to us about the current situation, or to discuss options for virtual volunteering in your school, 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 admin@schoolreaders.org 

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

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