Resource type: Reading support
Price band: ££
Key stage: KS1, KS2
Region(s): England - South East
ABC to read only works with primary schools in Berkshire. It provides eligible schools with trained volunteer reading mentors to support children who are struggling with their reading.
ABC to read volunteers receive training in key areas such as:
- Safe-guarding responsibilities.
- How schools teach literacy skills.
- How to build trust with a child.
- How to support children with their own reading.
Volunteers come in to school twice a week to provide one-to-one support for up to three children. During the half-hour session, volunteers read with a child and play games in order to boost their confidence and reading skills.
Schools are encouraged to provide feedback about the service and are asked to complete a short survey each year to help monitor the impact of the programme.
Cost: £360 per volunteer (around £3 per child/week).
About ABC to read: ABC to read is a Queens Award and Investing in Volunteers award-winning charity that was founded in 2004. Its mission is to transform children’s lives by working with schools, families and children to provide high quality support in developing literacy skills and building self-confidence. It currently maintains around 100 volunteers and works with around 300 children in Berkshire primary schools each year.
Literacy Hive Likes:
- Volunteers bring in books and resources that have been carefully selected for each individual child to each reading session.
- Volunteers are supported by an ABC to read field worker and have access to further online resources and regular newsletters.
- Working with children on improving their literacy skills has also been demonstrated to have a positive impact on their emotional well-being.