Reading Mentor Scheme

At the beginning of Autumn Term Year 12 pupils are asked to volunteer to be a Reading Mentor to a Year 7 pupil and hear them read once a week for 30 minutes each session or to participate in reading activities and games. Mrs Rosenberg, the Librarian, offers advice about choosing appropriate books. The scheme mentees are reviewed every term.

The scheme is very simple and after some initial training all the volunteers are ready to start hearing the Year 7 pupils read. Half a term later the impact of this scheme begins to show. The mentees are more confident, they enjoy reading and all are reading more difficult books. They also benefit from knowing an older pupil in the school. The volunteers and mentees are monitored throughout their time in the reading scheme.

The Year 12 pupils feel they are making a difference to the lives of the young people they mentor. What greater gift can you give to a young person than that of being literate.

Well done to the Year 12 pupils who make a commitment that they keep each week and well done to the Year 7 pupils who remember to go to the Library on the right day and at the right time.

Harley and Alfie, the Reading Dogs