As the new academic year begins, literacy charity Beanstalk is calling for members of the community in Leeds to sign up to its 2017-18 intake of trained volunteers that will help children in local primary schools become more confident readers.
Low levels of literacy continue to be a persistent problem both nationally and locally. According to the most recent SATS test results, almost 3,000 of primary school leavers in Leeds did not achieve the expected level in reading. This can have a devastating impact on the lives of individuals and our communities, and is estimated to cost the UK economy £81 billion every year.
“The start of a new academic year is a critical time for us to ensure there is enough one-to-one reading support available for schools that have identified children that need extra help and encouragement with their reading,” explains Janet Skeen, Area Manager for Beanstalk.
“Without intervention, the outlook for children struggling with reading is concerning. It can lead to behavioural problems and can affect their future prospects in life and work. We need to recruit a further almost 200 more reading helpers in Yorkshire and Humber by the end of the academic year to ensure that we help more school children achieve the skills, confidence and imagination to reach their true potential.”
Beanstalk needs more compassionate and caring members of the local community that would like to volunteer as reading helpers in Leeds. For more information or to apply, please visit the website at www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk or call Beanstalk on 0845 450 0307.