Reading Volunteer

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Location: Anywhere, London, SW (see map)

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Start date: Ongoing

What will I be doing?

  • Deliver Bookmark’s specially design 6-week programme, offering one-to-one support to an individual child, during 30-minute sessions, twice a week at a local school.
  • Help raise the child’s literacy attainment by guiding them through their classroom text, which is matched to the core curriculum, whilst moving at their pace and providing encouraging feedback.
  • Encourage the child to explore their reader identity, by helping them find books which match their interest. Volunteers are also encouraged to use their creativity and bring in literature from their local library in order to challenge and inspire their reader.
  • Make the sessions fun by playing literacy games provided by Bookmark, which enable the child to find enjoyment in reading whilst expanding their vocabulary and learn literacy by stealth.
  • Use the Bookmark app to connect to a local school within their specified radius and pick a programme at times and dates that work with their own schedule.
  • Have the opportunity to engage in Bookmark’s mission outside of reading sessions and meet other like-minded people by providing feedback, becoming ambassadors or attending literacy events with other volunteers.
Reading with children in Y1-Y3

Reading with children in Y1-Y3

What impact will this have?

  • 1 in 4 children leave primary school unable to read to the expected standard. This number is higher for children growing up in poverty. This can have a huge impact on the opportunities available to young people at school and beyond as well as having an effect on their confidence and behaviour. Providing extra support for children who are struggling allows them the opportunity to gain fundamental skills at a crucial age so that they can catch up with their class-mates and are able to take on even more challenging lessons as they move through the school stages.
  • When volunteers engage their readers in ‘book talk’ and Bookmark’s literacy games, children are able to extend their vocabulary, which is of huge importance to the programme, especially as many of the early readers have English as an additional language. There is also a ‘word-gap’ in the UK, in which the poorest children start primary school on average 19months behind their peers, putting them at an additional disadvantage. Having conversations with external adults can have profound effects on a young persons knowledge and skills.
  • Reading is not just about ability; it is also about enjoyment. Research by the National Literacy Trust shows that reading for pleasure improves social skills, learning across other subjects and even health. All readers are given autonomy during the second part of the session to read a book that suits their own interests, which encourages a positive attitude towards reading. Volunteers can increase this progress by bringing in exciting texts from outside of the school, which is especially important for children who do not have books to read at home.

When are you needed?

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Commitment

  • - We ask volunteers to commit to 2, 30-minute sessions each week for 6-weeks.
  • - Sessions can take place either in the morning or lunchtime, between Monday to Friday, during school term time.

What else do I need to know?

  • Volunteers use the Bookmark app to arrange sessions at times and dates that work for them and can search for opportunities within their local area. We want to make it as easy as possible for anyone to volunteer, during their lunch break or on their way to work.

Expenses

  • We reimburse travel expenses at a maximum of £5 per session.

Background checks

  • A DBS check is required

About the organisation:

Additional Information

What skills will be useful?
  • Academic
  • Reading
  • Creative
  • Creative
  • Interpersonal
  • Advice and support
  • Listening
  • Mentoring
  • Youth work
  • Leadership
  • Leadership
What skills can I gain?
  • Interpersonal
  • Advice and support
  • Listening
  • Mentoring
  • Teaching
  • Youth work
  • Leadership
  • Leadership

Training

  • We provide complete online training which ensures all volunteers are completely prepared for the volunteer programme. There will be 9 modules which include:
    Health and Safety

    Safe Guarding

    First day​

    Helping a child find the right book​

    Navigating a book together​

    Behaviour​

    Engaging reluctant readers
  • We provide ongoing support and resources through our online library and newsletter. We also have a community manager on hand should volunteers have any suggestions or questions throughout whilst volunteering.

Location

Anywhere, London, SW

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