School Readers

School Readers

Children’s literacy charity Schoolreaders is looking for more volunteers who can help spread the joy of reading to children in Hertfordshire primary schools – especially around Royston.

A recent survey of young people by the National Literacy Trust (NLT) revealed that reading enjoyment had reached a 15 year low, rallying slightly in the pandemic before declining again by 2022, especially amongst those from disadvantaged backgrounds and amongst boys.

School readers is looking for volunteers of all ages – from students to retirees – who can listen to children read in a local primary school.

School readers volunteers act as trusted role models in the classroom alongside the class teachers, not only helping children improve their reading but also being a positive influence.

School readers volunteers are asked to listen to children read once a week during term time and to commit to an academic year. By applying now new volunteers will be matched as quickly as possible to a partner school and be ready to start once they have completed a mandatory DBS check and virtual safeguarding training.

To find out more or to apply today to be a Schoolreaders volunteer in primary schools with the greatest need in Hertfordshire, visit