Through the Let Leeds Read project, Leeds Beckett University students volunteer in local schools and listen to young people read in one-on-one sessions with the aim of increasing their reading age over a ten-week period. Volunteers spend an hour a week in each school with a range of children who need extra reading help. The students provide a consistent presence in the schools for one term, and we then recruit another cohort of volunteers each semester to ensure volunteer commitment.
Due to increased interest from both schools and students, Let Leeds Read has expanded to provide volunteering opportunities for 39 students in seven local primary schools this semester. We are now keen to expand the project to secondary schools to ensure that young people in Leeds continue to receive one-on-one literacy help as they progress to secondary education.
We are keen to work with your school to deliver this project. Please get in touch with Anna Woodhouse (HEART) at A.Woodhouse@leeds.ac.uk or Will Atkinson (Leeds Beckett University) at W.Atkinson@leedsbeckett.ac.uk to express your interest.