The Bristol Reading in Schools Consortium is offering free training for those wanting to help children learn to read as part of the Cities of Service programme. 

Click Here to find out more about the volunteer role.

We all want to make sure that all out children get off to the best possible start in their education, and being able to read well by the age of 11 is a vital part of that.

Some of our children are in need of some extra help to get them reading well. All the evidence shows that this should be done as early as possible, so we are inviting you to step forward and volunteer to read with some of our 5, 6 and 7 year olds.

A recent Save the Children report highlighted the problems that occur when a child has not reached the required level of reading by the time they finish primary school. If a child is unable to understand their lessons in the first year of secondary school, the risks rise that they will continue to fall further and further behind and fail in their education altogether.

Research conducted by the National Literacy Trust for the Read On. Get On campaign has demonstrated how low literacy affects individuals’ health and employment prospects, as well as increasing the risks of criminal activity.

So what can you do about it?

We are asking you to become a Reading Volunteer.

The commitment you will be making will be for 1hr per week (plus travel time to and from the school) during term time. Schools are located acrossd the city and we always try and match volunteers to their most convenient school.

In line with our commitment of protect and safeguard our children we ask that all our volunteers have a current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. In addition to this all our schools have their own Safeguarding Policies designed to ensure that their pupils are protected for harm. All volunteers will be shown this policy as a part of their induction at the school. 

We provide two excellent training opportunities, Boosting Reading@Primary, which is a 1 day course and equips the volunteer to take pupils through a planned process of improvement over a 10 session 'block' and Reading Buddies, a half-day course which gives the volunteer a basic understanding of the theory of reading and how to inspire children to want to read. 

We have had fantastic feedback from our previous sessions and it’s all FREE!

We are now recruiting for the Autumn term for which training sessions will shrotly be announced.

If you’re interested in this opportunity to help make sure our children get off to the best possible start with their reading, please register your interest HERE.

Or if you would like some more information, please contact us on

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