Children fall in love with reading in Oxfordshire
According to ARCH around 20% of children in Oxfordshire leave primary school with a reading level below government expected levels, in some schools in the most deprived areas this figure can be as high as 40%.
This has a negative impact on their secondary school experience and their life prospects. Many children do not enjoy reading for a variety of reasons – they may lack confidence in their ability, have no books at home or nobody to share them with or they may just have not come across books that interest them.
People’s Postcode Trust, supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery is delighted to award £15,360 for the Assisted Reading for Children project in Bicester. This award will allow the charity to recruit, train and support 20 new volunteers to provide personalised reading and mentoring support to disadvantaged primary school children.
After successfully completing the vetting and training process, each volunteer will work with the same 3 children for an entire year, providing twice weekly half hour sessions on a one-to-one basis, sharing conversations, books and games. Sessions take place outside the classroom, away from any peer pressure. Sessions are child led, stress free and fun and encouraging, with lots of opportunities for success and praise.