Berkshire charity ABC to Read has released their annual report for 2012/2013.
Among other figures, the charity reports an impressive 98% improvement in reading performance and 97% improvement in children’s attitude towards reading. A staggering 100% of schools who responded, recorded that the children who had benefited from an ABC to Read volunteer mentor showed improvement in their overall achievement, 54% of whom showed significant improvement and 23% demonstrated outstanding improvement.
The primary school children selected to work with an ABC to Read mentor are identified by the schools as those children who are struggling with their reading and would benefit most from one-to-one support. 28% of the children that the charity surveyed are eligible for free school meals and the largest percentage of the children (29%) is in Year 2.
The report communicates the findings from half of the 60 schools that the charity currently works with.
Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read Chief Operating and Development Officer, said: “These figures are testament to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers who work so hard with the children who are struggling most with their reading.”
Following a £4975 donation from Berkshire Community Foundation last month, the charity are still looking for volunteers to be trained as reading mentors, enabling a further 24 Berkshire children to get the direct support they need to improve their reading.
ABC to Read are also looking for new schools to join the mentoring scheme. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org