School needs more reading buddies

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Would you be able to spend half an hour or so each week helping a local child to improve their reading?

The Duke of Bedford Primary School is looking for people in the village willing to become Reading Buddies.

It’s a voluntary role and involves going into school once a week to read with a number of children on a regular basis during term time.

No special skills are required – just a love of reading and a wish to help children to enjoy books and to improve their reading skills.

Bert Brookes (88) of Chestnut Drive has been a Reading Buddy for a number of years. He says: “Some children – predominantly boys – have varying degrees of difficulty with reading. The individual attention that Reading Buddies can give to these children can lead to a marked improvement over a relatively short time.

“The main requirements of a Reading Buddy are a desire to help, a degree of perseverance and a modicum of humour and appreciation of the child’s difficulties.  The reward is well worth the effort.”

If you’re interested, you can contact Assistant Head Teacher Cathy Gibson via e-mail at cathy.gibson@dukeofbedford.peterborough.sch.uk or call the school office on 01733 270243 and leave your name and contact details.

“Our Reading Buddies are a great asset to our school,” said Cathy. “We’re really keen to encourage our children to enjoy reading and having a Buddy can be just the boost they need. The children gain self-confidence, reading skills and often a new desire to read.  They thrive on having someone to share a book with one-to-one.”

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