Play Your Part In Improving Children's Literacy
Dear Sir/ Madam,
This week sees many children back at school following the summer holidays and starting a new chapter in their education - either having taken those first anxious footsteps into primary school or excitedly transitioning to the next year group.
It also sees the celebration of International Literacy Day (8th September 2017), an important day for us at Beanstalk as we are reminded of the vital role our volunteer reading helpers play in helping to improve children's literacy.
At Beanstalk, we believe that life is better when everyone can read well and express themselves with confidence. Unfortunately many children do fall behind with their reading and need extra help. That's why we recruit and train volunteer reading helpers to go into local primary schools to provide one-to-one support to children struggling with their reading.
According to the most recent SATs test results, over 175,000 primary school leavers in England did not achieve the expected level in reading. Low literacy skills can have a devastating impact on the lives of individuals and our communities, and are estimated to cost the UK economy £81 billion every year.
Our volunteers change lives - without them, thousands of children would still be struggling to read, and facing all the problems associated with low literacy levels. But we need more reading helpers if we're to be able to offer this support to all those who need it.
As the new school year starts, we're calling for a new intake of volunteers to come forward to help support children in local primary schools with their reading. Visit www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk or call 0845 450 0307 to find out more about our work and how you can sign up as a reading helper.
Chief Executive of Beanstalk (literacy charity)
Play Your Part In Improving Children's Literacy, 7th September 2017, 16:21 PM