Berkshire charity ABC to Read has released their annual statistics for 2013/2014, reporting a remarkable 97% improvement in reading confidence with the primary school children they work with.
Among other figures, the charity reports an outstanding 99% improvement in general self confidence and a 97% improvement in children’s attitude towards reading. An impressive 99% of responses recorded that the children who had benefited from an ABC to Read volunteer mentor showed improvement in their overall achievement, 57% of whom showed significant improvement.
Importantly, the report also indicates that 98% of the children surveyed whose communication with adults was deemed to be an issue, demonstrated an improvement in this area.
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. Just over 50% of the children that the charity surveyed are eligible for free school meals.
Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read Chief Operating and Development Officer, said: “This is the second consecutive year of fantastic results and I am very thankful to our volunteer mentors who are key to the success of the youngsters they work with.”
There are still spaces available for any new volunteers to take part in training on 27 and 30 January.
ABC to Read are also looking for new schools to join the mentoring scheme. For more information about training days or joining the scheme as a school, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.