Every Child Our Future (ECOF)
Membership Number: AJC466
Reading and writing are fundamental skills that most children master with little difficulty.
Evidence shows the lack of these basic skills has a negative impact on children’s life chances unless they receive help at an early stage.
Children with low literacy levels may suffer low self-esteem, may become disengaged and have poor attendance at school.
Poor readers are more likely to find employment challenging later on.
In partnership with the States of Jersey Department of Education, we deliver:
Reading Recovery programme run by specialist teachers
Training for teaching assistants in Better Reading @ Primary
An army of trained volunteers who read with children on a regular basis
82% of Jersey children in States schools reach expected standards in reading at Key Stage 1. In England overall it’s 90%. Literacy, numeracy, writing and communication are fundamental skills that most children master with little difficulty.
However, some children find it difficult to grasp these essential skills and, even in the early years of education, they fall behind the standard expected of their age group. There is a great deal of evidence that shows the negative impact these gaps have on children’s life chances unless they receive help at an early stage.
Fortunately, there are tried and tested ways of supporting children to overcome these early difficulties and to catch up with their peers. In the UK the key players are charitable organisations, mobilising the expertise to make effective interventions and working alongside teachers and parents.
Our reading volunteers commit to one hour per week during term time to listen to children read on a one to one basis. All volunteers undergo specialised training before they start mentoring any children and will need to complete a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.
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