Colne Valley High School first secondary school in Kirklees to launch Reading Friends scheme
BOOK lovers have rushed to join a new scheme to help boost youngsters’ reading skills.
Colne Valley High School has become the first secondary school in Kirklees to launch the Reading Friends initiative.
The scheme involves volunteers coming into schools and working with pupils on a one-on-one basis.
It has been running in primary schools for 10 years.
Now it is being rolled out to high schools around the region to help dozens of pupils whose reading is not up to scratch.
Ten Reading Friends have been signed up and trained and have just started working with pupils in school this week.
They will teach reading for one hour a week each, split between two pupils.
Jeanette Palmer, extended learning manager from Kirklees Success Centres, said the Linthwaite school had jumped at the chance to get involved and said others would be following its lead.
She said: “We’ve still got children in secondary schools who are reading much below their chronological reading age.”
Susan Barrington, Reading Friends co-ordinator at the school, said they had children in years seven, eight and nine who needed assistance.
She said: “Doing these extra classes is a massive benefit to these kids as it builds up their self- esteem as well.”
To volunteer as a Reading Friend you must be Criminal Records Bureau checked and spend one hour a week in school.
Ring Jeanette Palmer at Kirklees Success Centres on 01924 47784 or to volunteer at Colne Valley High School email email@example.com