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Primary school reading volunteers needed!

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160503 reader 2Dovecote Primary school in Clifton, Nottingham are keen to welcome civil servants to help their pupils improve their reading skills by spending some time with them on a regular basis to listen to them read. You would be expected to attend the school every week but exact timings are open to negotiation.  For more details about this offer please e-mail: Claire Large

Business in the Community are still looking for reading volunteers to go to Djanogly Northgate Academy or Glenbrook Primary School, Bilborough. Both are easily accessed from Nottingham City Centre and Business in the Community (BITC) will place you at the school that best suits your location where possible.

The role will involve working with children on a one-to-one basis to enhance their reading ability, for a minimum of one school term.

The children identified for the programme will be experiencing difficulties in reading. Low levels of literacy exclude young people from employment and impede the development of the skilled workforce it also increases the chance of young people entering into crime. Raising standards of literacy is a key factor in improving future economic competitiveness.Business in the Community Logo

There is evidence that one-to-one reading activity at primary level, for just one additional hour per week for one term, can progress a child’s reading by 6 months. Some children will be from families that have a history of long-term unemployment and a business volunteer can offer a child the insight into a different world; the world of work and the benefits associated. A business volunteer represents a positive role model from working life.

BITC will provide training (including Safeguarding) and ongoing support and all volunteers will also be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

 To find out more and sign up, 18 volunteers are needed, please contact the relevant BITC contact:  Ann Hilton (supporting Djanogly Northgate) or Kerri Pomeroy (supporting Glenbrook primary)






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  1. Comment by CW posted on

    This is a really good idea, will it be rolled out nationally?

  2. Comment by Janice Smith posted on

    This may well be a national programme. The Business in the Community contacts should be able to tell you.

  3. Comment by Tamasine Swift posted on

    I am a Deputy Head at a Nottingham school and would love, love to have reading volunteers in my school. I can't find an email address to contact anyone with regards this. How can I enquire about this fantastic opportunity?

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      Comment by John Mark Haskey posted on

      Andrea James the Coordinator for the Midlands will have arranged someone to contact you. Hope we will be able to help.