Reading Volunteer - Tower Hamlets

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Location: Primary School, London, E1, E2, E3 and E13 (see map)

Travel: Whitechapel station. Booth Memorial bus stop.

Start date: Ongoing

What will I be doing?

  • Providing crucial support to a 5-8 year old who is struggling to read, by visiting your local school for two 30-minute sessions per week.
  • Working with the same child for the duration of the 6-week programme, leading fun and creative reading sessions to help them gain confidence and find enjoyment in reading.
  • Spending each session helping the child develop their ability, attitude and enjoyment to reading. This involves supporting the child to read their classroom book, helping them read a book of their choice or introducing inspiring literature and playing literacy games from the Bookmark Box.
  • Make the sessions fun by playing literacy games from the Bookmark Box - a trove of resources and books which are kept at each of our partner schools.
  • Using the Bookmark app to pick which school you want to volunteer at, within your specified radius, and choosing sessions at times and dates that fit within your schedule.
  • Joining our friendly team of Bookmarkers! You will have the opportunity to share tips with other volunteers at our regular events and book themed meet ups.
Change a child's story!

Change a child's story!

What impact will this have?

  • 8 children in an average class leave primary school unable to read well. This number is higher among children growing up in poverty. This can have a huge impact on a child's confidence as well as affecting their future opportunities. Providing extra support for children in Years 1 - 3 who are struggling allows them the opportunity to gain fundamental skills at a crucial age. The are given the chance to catch up with their class-mates and are able to take on even more challenging lessons as they move through the school stages.
  • 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 volunteers engage their readers in ‘book talk’ and literacy games, children are able to extend their vocabulary whilst learning through play. This is of huge importance as many early readers on the programme speak English as an additional language. There is also a ‘word-gap’ in the UK, in which the poorest children start primary school on average 19 months 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.

When are you needed?

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Commitment

  • We ask volunteers to commit to two 30-minute sessions each week for 6-weeks.
  • Sessions take place either at the beginning of school or in the afternoon, between Monday to Friday. On the Bookmark app you can choose which sessions work for you.

Expenses

  • We cover travel costs up to £5 for each sessions.

Background checks

  • A DBS check is required

About the organisation:

Additional Information

What skills will be useful?
  • Academic
  • Reading
  • Interpersonal
  • Listening
  • Team working
  • We would like to meet enthusiastic, patient volunteers who can inspire reluctant readers. We provide all training to make sure everyone has the skills required to lead reading sessions.
What skills can I gain?
  • Interpersonal
  • Advice and support
  • Listening
  • Mentoring
  • Negotiating
  • Teaching
  • Team working
  • Leadership
  • Leadership

Training

  • We provide full training so you are totally prepared to help a child learn to read. You an choose to do the training either online or face to face.
  • The training covers six modules including safe guarding, choosing the right book, navigating a book together managing your behaviour and your first day.
  • After you have finished the training you will have access to the Bookmark Library. On this website you can go back and look at your training at any point as well as find resources, updated termly, and information about the games and books in the Bookmark Box. You can also share tips and stories with other volunteers.

Location

Primary School, London, E1, E2, E3 and E13

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