Schoolreaders is a member of the Fair Education Alliance, a membership organisation aiming to tackle inequality in the education system and ensure no child is limited by their socio-economic background.
Like the Alliance, we welcome the Government’s 2022 White Paper commitment to ensure at least 90% of pupils leave primary school able to read to the required standard by 2030.
Currently, 1 in 4 (around 25% depending on the region) children leave school unable to read properly although the pandemic, and resultant school closures, have set some children back enormously, particularly younger children and those from more disadvantaged circumstances.
Whilst studies are showing that many children have made great strides in catching up there is still a long way to go. To rectify this, like the Alliance, we believe in ‘strong foundations in reading and writing’ and are steadfast in our commitment to expand our network of Schoolreaders across England and Wales. We want to ensure that every child – especially those in greatest need – have access to the reading support they need.
Just ten minutes a week with one of our volunteers has been shown to improve children’s reading fluency, comprehension and enjoyment. It also gives them valuable time with an adult who is not a teacher or parent which aids their social skills. The Fair Education Alliance reinforces this need saying children need to ‘engage with a wide range of adults including volunteers and businesses to support their literacy.’