Berkshire charity ABC to Read has released its annual statistics for 2015/2016, reporting an impressive 96% boost in self-confidence in the primary school children it works with, thanks to one-to-one reading mentoring.
Among other figures, the charity reports a 95% improvement in reading accuracy and a 93% improvement in reading comprehension. Where communication with their peers was considered a particular concern, the statistics record an impressive 90% improvement as a result of time spent with an ABC to Read volunteer mentor. The survey also recorded an 83% improvement in written communication and a 59% improvement in attendance where these areas were identified as specific targets for development.
ABC to Read works very closely with schools to ensure that the time children spend with a volunteer mentor complements their work in the rest of their school life and is designed around their specific needs. The annual statistics demonstrate that, as a result of this personalised model, children’s reading levels and general confidence can be dramatically increased.
The children often look forward to their ABC to Read session as a highlight of their week with one school commenting: “The child really enjoys her sessions. There is a noticeable change in her manner when the volunteer arrives and is very enthusiastic and always wants to go first.”
Another report commented: “ABC to Read has had a significant impact on [the child’s] language acquisition and confidence with reading. This child was very under confident with their reading and ABC to Read has had a significant impact on their learning and progress in reading.”
Others remarked that the resulting improvement in the child’s reading also made an impact on their overall language skills: “These children do not have fluent English speakers at home – the opportunity for these children to have someone to read to on a one-to-one basis is invaluable.”
The primary school children selected to work with an ABC to Read mentor are identified by the schools as those children who are struggling with their reading and would benefit most from one-to-one support.
Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read Chief Operating and Development Officer, said: “When a child’s confidence in reading grows, that confidence spreads to their communication with their peers as well as other adults. It’s so encouraging to hear from our schools that the work of ABC to Read mentors extends beyond the walls of the classroom.”
There are still spaces available for any new volunteers to take part in training in November. For more information about training days or joining the scheme as a school or volunteer mentor, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org