‘Ready to read’ course to improve reading standards

Article date
7 March 2017
Primary interest

ABC to Read is backing a national campaign spearheaded by Save the Children to improve reading standards on a radical scale. The Read On Get On campaign comes in response to a specially-commissioned report which sparked the fear that by 2025 1.5 million British children will reach the age of 11 unable to “read well”.

To help pre-schools, toddler groups and children’s centres during the campaign, we are extending our services through a “Ready to read” course to show parents how they can support their children with their reading especially before starting primary school.

ABC to Read, which has recently received the prestigious Queen’s Award, has long since pioneered the cause for higher literacy rates and works with Berkshire children who are identified by their teachers as struggling to read.  We recruit, train and support community volunteers to visit schools twice a week and mentor those children that are struggling to read and lack confidence.

The aim of our “Ready to read” course is to give parents the confidence and basic skills to help them support their children’s reading at home, and so enable them to achieve success in early years and later education.

The course is interactive and uses a range of activities to help parents understand how they can help their children to succeed and enjoy learning.  The length of the course can be adapted according to the audience.

The topics included in the sessions are:

  • Importance of speaking, listening and interacting with your child
  • Why some children find reading difficult
  • The importance of pre-reading experiences
  • Strategies for helping children with their reading
  • Supporting children’s reading – role play exercises
  • The importance of praise
  • Exploring picture books
  • Reading comprehension and asking the right questions
  • The importance of making reading fun
  • Importance of rhyming.

Experienced trainers from the education sector carry out the course.

The feedback from the course was very interesting and all parents felt that it had been extremely useful and informative.  I would welcome the opportunity to host another course with ABC in the future.”- St Andrews Pre-school.

We would require a donation to the charity of £250 for the workshop.  Depending on our our funding success this term, we may be in a position to offer the workshop for free! The course would run for approximately two hours and it is useful to have a member of staff available to attend the course along with refreshment facilities for parents during a tea break. For details please contact us on 0118 951 1336 or at abctoread@btconnect.com.