Reader Leader

From The Children's Literacy Charity

Resource type: Reading support

Price band: ££

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

Region(s): All of UK

Reader Leader is a peer-to-peer literacy programme for both primary and secondary schools. The programme trains older pupils to become effective reading ‘Leaders’ that provide one-to-one literacy support to younger ‘Readers’ in order to help them develop reading fluency and comprehension, improve their reading confidence and encourage a positive attitude to reading.

In primary schools, the Reader Leader programme trains Year 6 pupils to mentor pupils in Years 2 and 3. In secondary schools, pupils in Years 10-12 are trained to mentor Year 7 and 8 pupils. Readers and Leaders meet for 30 minutes at least once a week in a dedicated space over a period of 18 weeks or more.

Training is delivered face-to-face in schools by The Children’s Literacy Charity’s expert trainers and provides groups of up to 10 Leaders with all the information and strategies they need to confidently support their younger peers. Areas covered include:

  • The reading process.
  • Why some students struggle with reading.
  • Information on phonics.
  • How to carry out an effective and engaging reading session.

All Leaders receive a Reader Leader folder containing supporting resources and are awarded a completion certificate and badge at the end of the training session.

Cost:  £350 for primary schools (half day training). £600 for secondary schools (full day training). For groups bigger than 10 students, there will be an extra cost to cover additional materials.

About The Children’s Literacy Charity: The Children’s Literacy Charity aims to close the literacy gap for the most disadvantaged in society through the provision of specialist one-to-one and small group tuition.

Literacy Hive Likes:

  • A great way to build school cohesion and support Year 7 students transitioning to secondary school.
  • Participating schools report that the programme helps to embed a culture of Reading for Pleasure.
  • Leaders have the opportunity to develop valuable communication and mentoring skills while helping the younger Readers.
  • Schools are provided with all training materials, resources and slides so that they can expand their numbers of Leaders and Readers and continue to manage the project year-on-year.
  • The Children’s Literacy Charity also runs catch-up programmes in primary schools to close the literacy gap for the most disadvantaged children.

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0207 740 1008

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