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Volunteers sign up for schools project

Wed 4 November 2015, 10:31 am

A charity is aiming to recruit volunteer readers for Medway's primary schools.

Launched in April 2015 by the literacy charity, Beanstalk, as part of the council’s Get Medway Learning initiative, 28 volunteers have taken part in helping young people to read, with a further 12 vetted and awaiting placement.

Beanstalk set up the project in response to its findings that one in six children in Medway leave primary school having failed to reach the expected reading standards for their age. 

The Get Medway Learning project also aims to recruit experienced and good quality teachers, as well as promoting the important role it feels school governors have to play in improving Medway’s schools.

Medway Council’s portfolio holder for children’s services, Councillor Mike O’Brien, said: “This campaign is set to be a spring board for improvement and progress for our schools here in Medway, particularly primary schools.

“While we have some excellent schools in the area, some are not performing to the expected standard and while they are working hard to improve, some are not making progress quickly enough.”

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