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  • Children / families
  • Education

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Geographical remit: 
National - England


Schoolreaders goal is for all children, regardless of background, to leave primary school being able to read well so they can go on to access their secondary education fully and maximise their future life chances.

Established in 2013, Schoolreaders matches volunteers to local primary schools - focusing on schools with the greatest need - where they give one-to-one reading sessions.

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.’ Currently, our volunteers support 16,500 children every week.


Schoolreaders recruits volunteers and matches them with local primary schools where they go in once a week and read with children on a 1:1 basis who need some additional support. The current statistics are that 1 in 4 children leave primary school unable to read at the expected level for their age and our charity aims to support children before they leave primary school. Schoolreaders is a free service for primary schools.

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