Secondary School Buddy

From ABC to read

Resource type: Reading support

Price band: £

Key stage: KS3, KS4, KS5

Region(s): England - South East

ABC to read only works with secondary schools in Berkshire. Their Reading Buddy programme is designed to improve literacy attainment and school cohesion by training older secondary-school pupils to deliver one-to-one literacy support to KS3 students for whom reading is a challenge.

Reading Buddy training takes place in school over the course of a normal school day. During the training session, delivered by ABC to read trainers, the Reading Buddies will:

  • Consider what makes a good reader and the strategies required to be able to read well.
  • Discover the most effective ways to support a struggling or reluctant reader.
  • Learn how to ask questions to check reading for meaning.

Cost: £20 per head.

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:

  • A cost-effective way to support KS3 children struggling with their reading as a result of missing schooling due to Covid-19.
  • Older students are natural role models and younger students often find communicating with peers easier than with adult volunteers or teachers.
  • A good way for older students to develop leadership and mentoring skills, while helping younger students to improve their reading.
  • Volunteering as a Reading Buddy can be used for the volunteering section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

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