Charity reports 97% improvement in Berkshire children’s attitudes to reading

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97% of the local Berkshire children who benefit from a one-to-one ABC to Read mentor have improved in their attitudes towards reading. The result comes from the charity’s most recent annual report, which also highlights that 93% of the youngsters working with them have improved in their reading accuracy.

ABC to Read works with primary school children who have been identified by their schools as struggling most with their reading with many of the schools assigning their pupil premium to provide an ABC to Read mentor. The charity’s model of assigning a volunteer to work with children on a one-to-one basis is achieving excellent results and leaving teachers and children alike thrilled with their progress.

Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read CEO, said: “These superb results prove once again that offering our local children one-to-one mentoring can dramatically improve their reading. Our volunteers love to see the steady improvement in their children’s ability and enjoyment of books.”

The benefits of good reading and comprehension extend beyond the classroom, demonstrated by the 92% of respondents who said their children’s general self-confidence and self-esteem had increased thanks to the time spent with their ABC to Read mentor. Teachers commented:

“This child’s confidence with reading and other areas of the curriculum has improved greatly. He has become a much more positive member of the class and positive towards his work.”

“She has become more communicative as the year has progressed. The sessions have helped develop her confidence and use of the English language.”

ABC to Read works very closely with schools to ensure that the time children spend with a volunteer mentor complements their work in the rest of their school life and is designed around their specific needs. The annual statistics demonstrate that, as a result of this personalised model, children’s reading levels and general confidence can be significantly increased.