How many places are on offer?
Schoolreaders need volunteers to go into local primary schools during the school day to listen to the children read to them 1:1. The volunteer needs to be able to commit to once a week during term time for one hour or more.
Each school uses our volunteers differently, so some volunteers see the same few children each week, while others get to spend time with every member of the class over a term.
Schoolreaders finds volunteers and matches them to primary schools where they give free one-to-one reading sessions. 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. Our volunteers currently listen to 12,500 children read every week across England.
If you have some spare time, a good grasp of English, and if you enjoy spending time with children, you could become a Schoolreaders. We do not ask for any particular educational qualifications. Our volunteers are drawn from all walks of life, and range in age from 18 to 92. Our volunteers get enormous pleasure from seeing the difference that a few hours of their time can make to a child's reading ability, confidence and enjoyment.
Schoolreaders is a free service for primary schools and all our volunteers give their time freely. Each potential volunteer completes an application form online or by post and agrees to the Schoolreaders code of conduct. The partner school who the volunteer is paired with completes an enhanced DBS check at the school's expense. The school provide guidance and training specific to their school and your activities.
Skills and Qualifications:
Ability to read and speak good English
Patience to support a child
This grid shows when you can volunteer for this opportunity.
2 working days
This is a remote volunteering role - No specific training is available