What is Let’s Read Programme by Learning Partnerships?
A primary school literacy programme which aims to address the link between deprivation and poor educational achievement and raise levels of literacy amongst inner-city children.
Through the support of reading volunteers, the programme helps children struggling with their literacy skills to become confident and able readers, to access the education they deserve and achieve their potential.
Why we need reading volunteers?
Reading is a vital skill in today’s world and the first step to education. Being able to read impacts on learning and achievement in every area of the curriculum and children who struggle encounter barriers to learning throughout each day in school.
Weak reading skills also prevent children from reading for pleasure and enjoying a world of fiction, not to mention reducing their ability to cope and be independent in the real world.
Lockdown has had an impact on children’s learning and for many, the school closures will have negatively affected their progress and achievement. It is recognised that the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their more affluent peers will widen even further. Please Join us as a reading volunteer to help us prevent this from happening!
Why become a reading volunteer?
By providing weekly individual support to targeted children you not only help to increase their reading levels and literacy attainment but also help to foster a love of reading and a positive attitude to learning.
You can make a lifelong difference
Evaluation shows that that volunteer support provides the children with an opportunity to develop their language and communication skills as well as increase their self-confidence, self-esteem and social skills.
In addition to providing the children with positive role models, volunteers can provide the opportunity to interact with professional people outside the boundaries of school and an insight into the world of work.
Knowing you are making a difference and that the children look forward to your visits is really rewarding. Volunteers from our recent evaluation survey share what they enjoy the most:
“ Seeing the children become more enthusiastic and confident as the weeks go by, they become less shy and ask questions whereas compared to the first week they were really quiet.”
“Seeing the kids improve and building that rapport with them.
“The feeling that I am contributing to the children acquiring a really important life skill. “
Get the ‘feel good factor’
Giving time to the community and providing ‘hands on’ practical support to the children to help them improve their reading, literacy and communication skills and better their future life chances and choices.
Increase your knowledge and skills
Develop your own communication skills, confidence and self-esteem as well as increasing your social awareness and knowledge of the education sector.
Get to know the local community
Increase your understanding of the inner-city neighbourhoods and the different and diverse communities of Leeds.