The Let’s Read Programme
What is Let’s Read’?
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.
Additional support at an early age can help decrease the number of children who experience difficulties with literacy later in school and reduce costly consequences (truancy, exclusion and later in life; unemployment, poor health and involvement with the criminal justice system).
Many of the children in our local primary schools struggle with their reading and risk falling behind national literacy levels and being denied real life chances and choices when they move to high school and beyond.
Schools work extremely hard to help these children but are not always able to provide the individual time required. Also, for a variety of reasons, many of the children don’t receive any support at home.