School Reading Volunteers

Could you spare a small amount of time each week to help Portsmouth school children with their reading? 

We are looking to support schools in Portsmouth by having a team of reading volunteers, who will go into schools regularly and help the children with their reading skills. 

The volunteers will help by listening to them read, and talking to them about their books and reading choices 

A school reading volunteer is someone who volunteers at a local school to listen to pupils read one-to-one on a regular basis. Reading like this can help pupils to have more fun reading, develop their confidence and skill in reading, encourage them to read more and help them to overcome any challenges they face.

Benefits of volunteering

Helping children to become confident, independent readers is so important, and an area of work where parents, carers and other members of the community can make a big difference. 

Benefits for the pupils

Pupils benefit by developing a positive relationship with volunteers who will support them with their reading. This helps develop their confidence, ability and increase their long term enjoyment of reading.

Benefits for the school

By becoming a school reader, you are providing the school with a valuable way of improving the attainment of underperforming pupils, offering rewarding one-to-one reading time, which schools may be unable to offer themselves.

Benefits for the volunteer

You will gain pleasure from knowing that you are making a real difference in a child’s life by helping to develop their literacy and interpersonal skills. You will also get the opportunity to see this progress first hand, as you will often work regularly with the same children. You will also add valuable skills to your CV.

What's required to become a School Reader?

If you have a spare couple of hours a week, good grasp of written English, enjoy reading and enjoy spending time with children, you could become a school reader. We do not ask for any particular educational qualifications. 


- over 18 years old

- volunteers will need to undertake a DBS check 

- you will need to provide two references (non family members) 

- you will need to enjoy working with children 

- have good reading skills yourself

- are patience and reliable. 


  • Not suitable for under 18's
  • Will require a criminal record check (DBS)
  • Will require references

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