In May we heard from Anne Thorley, co-founder of The Norfolk Reading Project.
Anne introduced the great work she and co-founder Sarah Seymour have done over the past three years to develop The Norfolk Reading Project. A surprising statistic is that Norfolk is in the bottom 15% of literacy in the UK, with many children leaving school unable to read. The Norfolk Reading Project is focused on improving literacy standards across Norfolk and works closely with local schools. They have built up a team of over 60 volunteers who offer their time, listening to children read in Key Stage 1 and 2 on a one-to-one basis within primary schools. The ability to read early on helps children progress through secondary school and into their working life. Practice, practice, practice is a key message and the Project does a brilliant job at giving children the chance to practice their reading more. The Norfolk Reading Project is helping to train volunteers before they enter schools, which is something teachers really value as they can ensure there is no conflict between the teaching styles. Volunteers are given an understanding of the importance of phonics for example.
Being a relatively new Charity, their future aims include reaching out to secondary schools and working with parents to enforce the importance of reading at home.
To get involved you can visit their website www.thenorfolkreadingproject.co.uk. Their next training days are being held at The Forum, Norwich.