Self-proclaimed Supernanny of Education, Abi Steel, has been working with teachers and parents to support children’s education for almost half a decade. Recently, Abi has partnered with local Berkshire reading charity, ABC to Read, to create bespoke materials for use at their training workshops as well as helping to put together additional resources for the charity to use online.
ABC to Read provide one-to-one mentors for children in Berkshire primary schools who are struggling with their reading and in their recent annual report, the charity announced a remarkable 97% improvement in reading confidence with the children they work with.
ABC to Read is passionate about enabling young children to read and in addition to using volunteer mentors, they run parent workshops to teach parents how to help their children to develop this essential life skill.
Based in Berkshire herself, Ms Steel said: “Supporting and encouraging education is my passion, not just through children directly but also by working with their teachers and parents who play vital roles in their development. It has been a delight to have the opportunity to use that passion locally with ABC to Read who make such a tangible difference in the schools in our region.
“My own daughter attends school in Berkshire and I’m delighted that this charity is so focused on helping my daughter’s peers be the best they can be and give them greater hope for their futures.”
Ms Steel undertook her teacher training at one of the schools that ABC to Read support and went on to attend their AGM as a speaker. From there, Supernanny Abi has provided a wealth of knowledge to spur the charity on to further success.
Marcia Rowlinson, Chief Operating and Development Officer for ABC to Read, commented:
“We have always been advocates of parental involvement in a child’s education. We can see the immediate impact of the work our volunteer mentors do with our local children, but this education must continue at home. Abi understands our ethos. She understands that a child’s education is constantly evolving and isn’t confined to the walls of a school building.
“Her passion matches ours and her input and support have been invaluable in producing new materials and resources for our mentors and for our training workshops. We are incredibly grateful for her help!”
ABC to Read is always looking for new schools to join its scheme and new volunteers to be trained as one-to-one mentors. For more information or to book onto the next training course in March, please visit www.abctoread.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on Abi Steel, visit her consultancy website: www.blackberrycottageconsultancy.co.uk