ABC To Read defies lockdown to report improvement in children’s reading confidence

Despite lockdown completely transforming children’s schooling, local charity ABC to Read have announced outstanding results in their most recent annual report, with 98% of the local Berkshire children who benefit from a one-to-one ABC to Read mentor improving in their reading confidence. The report also highlights that 98% of the youngsters working with them have improved in their attitudes towards reading and 95% have enhanced their accuracy and comprehension.

ABC to Read work 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.

Improvements in reading confidence have also been shown to have a direct impact on children’s self-esteem, with 98% of those surveyed reporting an improvement in general self-confidence.

Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read CEO, said:

On behalf of everyone, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for the support we’ve received over the last few months. As we face many new challenges, we remain focused in providing the best support for every child. We would like to thank all our volunteers who continue to help Berkshire children to improve their reading. We are passionate about developing a love of reading and to this end we strive to support children’s potential and by doing so increase their confidence, competence and wellbeing.

The charity are hoping to place volunteer mentors in schools again from September, dependent on government guidance. They are actively recruiting in order to ensure they are able to support those children who may have fallen behind with their reading during recent unprecedented months.

There are still spaces available for any new volunteers to take part in training and for schools to sign up to the scheme. For more information about training days or joining the scheme as a school or volunteer mentor, click here or contact: info@abctoread.org.uk.