Volunteers wanted for children’s reading scheme

Volunteers needed to help primary school youngsters to read. Jarrow Cross C of E Primary School pupils with volunteers Mark Barron, Eric Edwards and John Smerdon with Lorna Nicoll (front)
Volunteers needed to help primary school youngsters to read. Jarrow Cross C of E Primary School pupils with volunteers Mark Barron, Eric Edwards and John Smerdon with Lorna Nicoll (front)

A primary school in South Tyneside has praised a scheme which is helping pupils become more confident readers.

Jarrow Cross CE Primary School is taking part in a project run by the charity Beanstalk.

As a school we see the long term benefits, as well as building confidence in reading, it will hopefully encourage them to have a lifelong love of literacy.

Kevin Taggart

The scheme sees volunteers spending time with pupils one-to-one, supporting them as they enhance their reading skills.

The 20-minute sessions, twice a week, aims to help increase their confidence in their ability to read - and they also have the chance to express their own views about storylines and characters.

Now, the charity is hoping to increase its group of reading helpers as they look to provide the opportunity to other youngsters in South Tyneside.

Deputy headteacher Kevin Taggart said: “Beanstalk were invited into the school and we immediately saw his the project would be beneficial to our children.

“Originally, the volunteers were parents, but we now have others who have come forward and we are really pleased with the progress.

“It’s about helping to build a child’s confidence around reading, but they also discuss the book and their views.

“It shows the children that they do have views and that they do count.

“As a school we see the long term benefits, as well as building confidence in reading, it will hopefully encourage them to have a lifelong love of literacy.”

The charity recruit, train and support volunteers. Volunteers can be placed in a primary school, nursery or pre-school.

For details and to apply visit www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk or call Beanstalk on 0845 450 0307.