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Reading Buddies

posted 29 Apr 2014, 03:13 by Google Google   [ updated 29 Apr 2014, 03:13 ]


Sixth form buddies are helping younger pupils with their reading at Millbrook Academy. The initiative developed after the literacy skills of the Academy’s Year 7 and 8 children were tested in the summer.

Rhian Williams, from the Academy, said Millbrook then found intense support was required for some boys and girls who appeared to be dyslexic.

“At the same time we were looking to provide opportunities for our sixth formers to offer a community service within the school,” Ms Williams said.

“After we raised the chance to work with younger children at a sixth form assembly we were delighted with the number of volunteers who came forward.”

Ms Williams said as a result 35 younger pupils were able to be offered daily intervention for seven weeks.

“Everybody has benefited,” she said.

“The younger students have become more confident and on average their reading ages have risen ... and the sixth formers really connected with the younger students and felt a huge sense of pride in helping others.”

The practice was now part of daily life at Millbrook, she said, with other pupils now linked to reading buddies.