What do we do?

Schoolreaders, established in 2013, finds volunteers and places them in primary schools - focusing on schools with the greatest need - where they give free one-to-one reading sessions. Volunteers are provided with guidance and training. Our aim is to make sure that every child can read well by the time they move to secondary school at the age of 11. 


Click here to see our latest Impact Report and here to view our most recent Accounts.

Discover some of the facts behind

the UK's literacy problem, and see why our service is so urgently needed. 

Recognition of the Schoolreaders scheme:

"Evidence is clear that where school reading volunteers are involved in a structured programme and given appropriate training and support, for instance by charities such as …. Schoolreaders, the results can be highly effective."

Lord Nash,

Conservative Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools (2013-2017)

January 2018

"We are delighted with the success of the Schoolreaders project and believe it will play an important contribution helping children learn to read and in them becoming established independent readers. This project has our full support and we are extremely grateful to the volunteers who give up their time so generously."   
"Having been an English teacher at an inner-city comprehensive, I know how difficult it is when children arrive at senior school being unable to read properly.  It puts them at such a disadvantage.  Schoolreaders is a brilliant idea, not just for an individual child, but for society as a whole."

Allison Pearson,

Chief Interviewer on the Daily Telegraph, and author of international bestseller,

'I Don't Know How She Does It'.

May 2018

The Worshipful Company of Grocers

April 2018

‘We are delighted to be funding you. The Committee thought your operating model was brilliant!’

Our network has spread rapidly

since we were founded in 2013.  View our map to see where we operate. 

Schoolreaders is run by a small

team of full-time staff with the help of lots of volunteers.  Find out who we are.

Councillor Henry Vann,

Portfolio Holder for Education,

Bedford Borough Council