Children’s literacy charity Schoolreaders is looking for more volunteers who can help spread the joy of reading to children in primary schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Every year, one in four children leave primary school unable to read to the expected standard.

Schoolreaders recruits volunteers to listen to children read in primary schools, focusing on schools where children require the most support. Volunteers are asked to listen to children read once a week in term time and to commit to an academic year.

They say that 95 per cent of children supported by a Schoolreaders volunteer improve their reading age.

Partner schools also reported that volunteers had a positive impact on pupils with 95 per cent improving their reading confidence and 87 per cent their reading enjoyment.

Additionally, children benefit enormously from the volunteers as positive role models in the classroom.

Jane Whitbread, founder of Schoolreaders, said: “Children who leave primary school unable to read well can’t access their secondary schooling fully which will compromises their life opportunities.

"One in seven adults in England (7.1 million) are functionally illiterate and cannot read instructions on a medicine label, sit a driving theory test or fill in a job application form. Working together we can change this.

“ Our Schoolreaders volunteers provide a crucial supplement to classroom teaching and are welcomed by schools and the children. If more children gain pleasure from reading from an early age and their reading fluency and confidence improves too, communities and society will reap the benefits.”

Reading skills and developing a love of books from the earliest age will hopefully aid children to become confident, interested and engaged readers who read for pleasure.

To find out more about Schoolreaders visit By applying now new volunteers will be matched as quickly as possible to a partner school and be ready to start in the Autumn once they have completed a mandatory DBS check and virtual safeguarding training.