Learn to Love to Read

Learn to Love to Read

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  • Children / families
  • Education

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Every child a reader - this is our goal. We are a small, place-based charity delivering literacy support to children living in the London borough of Wandsworth. More than a quarter of children leave primary school without reaching the required standard in reading. We know that becoming a confident reader transforms a child’s life chances, and we want all children to have access to frequent, positive reading experiences.

We work solely in Wandsworth and are embedded in the local community. We focus our interventions in the most deprived areas of the borough, supporting some of its most vulnerable families. We target partnerships with primary schools whose catchment areas includes a high proportion of Pupil Premium, Free School Meals and/or EAL families. Our interventions are aimed at families who will most benefit from additional support: for this we rely on referrals from our partner schools and from a growing network of professionals across the borough, including children’s centre practitioners, charity workers, librarians, health visitors and speech and language therapists. We are recognised as being professional and yet unthreatening, often engaging families known by our partners to be reluctant or uncertain.

Unlike other national literacy charities, we are focused on our local community and on building relationships with parents so they can receive support with their children’s literacy from birth to the time they leave primary school. We want parents to become more engaged in their children's learning and to have the confidence and skills to support their child's reading at home. We know that children with interested parents pull ahead no matter what their starting point. 


We have a three-strand approach:

  • We work with young children aged 0-4 at risk of starting school poorly prepared for reading. We run free early literacy classes, largely targeted at disadvantaged families, introducing children to vital skills to help close the 'word gap'; so often seen between disadvantaged children and their more affluent peers on starting school. We distribute book packs and deliver helpful messaging and advice.
  • We work with primary-age children who are finding learning to read challenging. We recruit and train volunteers to offer one-to-one reading support in school and online.
  • We work with parents, equipping and encouraging them to offer support at home, delivering training courses and offering individual support and regular messaging.

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