Aims of the project
The aim of the project is two-fold; firstly to enable our students to develop their leadership and communication skills and be involved in a project within the local community. The project is also intended to help support literacy in the primary school and aims to improve confidence and reading skills amongst the primary students involved.
The project has been run in conjunction with ABC to Read - a local charity that works within Berkshire. The charity provided training to Bradfield College students prior to them going into primary schools and delivering the paired reading programme.
Background and goals
This partnership project was established in the September 2015 and has therefore been running for over a year. The school became a partnership school as a result of an advert for a local charity 'ABC to Read'. Following discussions about how Bradfield College might be able to deliver the paired reading scheme to some of our local state primaries it was agreed that ABC to Read would provide training and then the college would setup its own satelite scheme. Partnership schools were quickly identified and a reading scheme was chosen as something that could be of immediate positive benefit to the primary school students. As a result of its success with 12 students in the first year, the project has been expanded to include 14 students this academic year.
This project requires only limited resources. To fit with the timings of the school day, the project runs during the afternoon between 1pm and 3pm on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. This coincides with the start of afternoon lessons in the local primaries. As a result, Bradfield College students travel in a school minibus to three of the partnership schools on Tuesday afternoons and then pupils travel to the three other partnership schools on Thursday afternoons. Once at the primary schools Bradfield College pupils then read with the students in their school library or classroom. A member of teaching staff accompanies the students every week. The only costs incurred are for the minibus transport and a reading resource box that can be used by Bradfield College pupils when planning what they will be doing each week.
Qualitative assessment is collected from the teacher responsible for the project in each of the partner primary schools. They report on the efficacy of the project, and the specific pupils placed at their school. Last year we received reports that the project had ‘a really positive impact on the children’ and 'the children loved their one to one session each week'. It has proved so successful that we are now over-subscribed.
Fourteen students from Fifth-Form and Sixth-Form at Bradfield College read with Year 3, 4 & 5 primary school children. There is a mix of genders that volunteer, and there is an even gender divide in the students from the local primary schools
Frequency and duration
Weekly on Tuesday & Thursday afternoons