School Readers

The most recent National Curriculum assessments reveal that one in three children aged 11 in the UK fell below the expected standard in reading ability for their age group. If a child leaves primary school, aged 11 , with compromised reading ability, they face potential disadvantage at secondary school as they may not to be able to access the curriculum and as a result can have restricted opportunities in life. One of the reasons that children are not learning to read as well as they could by this age is that there is insufficient opportunity to read to an adult on a one to one basis.

Schoolreaders is passionate about helping give children the best start in life and we recognise that reading is key to a child's development and life chances. By providing reading support early in a child's development, we are aiming to address the wider social and economic inequalities to which low levels of literacy can contribute.

We hope to encourage people living in Hertfordshire and Essex who might be able to spare an hour or two a week, to sign up with Schoolreaders and assist children at a local primary school who may not be getting the reading support they need. Our volunteers tell us that they are tremendously rewarded by going into their local schools, knowing that a few hours helping a child learn to read each week can have such a great impact on their life outcome.


Our volunteers listen to the children, support them and build their confidence and fluency in reading. Literacy opens doors, helps learning and brings new opportunities. We want to help give all children the best start in life.


  • Accessibility
    Not known - will depend on the school
  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 20/05/2019

End Date: 20/05/2020

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Availability Details

Time would vary depending on the school that you support. Ideally, the commitment is 1 hour a week for a year


This opportunity is available Countywide.

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