Schoolreaders volunteer

To listen to children read in a primary school to help improve their reading, their comprehension and their love of reading. This would be done weekly, individually with each child and you would read with a number of children each week.
Duration: Ongoing
Start date: 28th November 2023
End date: 31st August 2025
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

Listen to children read individually and support them to improve their reading and develop their comprehension skills.
Spend 1-2 hours in school each week during term time and commit for a minimum of 1 year.


The school that you are matched with may provide some brief relevant training if they feel it is necessary.

Requirements: Willing to travel by public transport or find own way to volunteering location
Skill and Qualifications Required:

We do not ask for any particular skills or qualifications, but Schoolreaders volunteers need to have good written and spoken English and need to enjoy spending time with children aged 5 - 11.

Areas of Interest: Children, Education
Opportunity suitable for: Indoor, Long term commitment, Older people, 18 and over
What activities will the volunteer do? Coaching
Skills gained in this role: Listening, Talking to others
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: Yes

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Schoolreaders
Organisation Profile: Established in 2013, Schoolreaders matches volunteers to local primary schools - focusing on schools with the greatest need - where they give one-to-one reading sessions. Just ten minutes a week with one of our volunteers has been shown to improve children’s reading fluency, comprehension and enjoyment. If you have some time to spare, a good grasp of written English, and if you enjoy spending time with children, you could become a Schoolreader. We do not ask for any particular educational qualifications. Our volunteers are drawn from all walks of life, and range in age from 18 to 92. Our volunteers get enormous pleasure from seeing the difference that a few hours of their time can make to a child's reading ability, confidence and enjoyment. We do request that you commit to a minimum of a year's volunteering during term times, and will require you to agree to our Code of Conduct and have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check carried out.
Charity number: 1159157