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Reading Charities


Each year, eight children in an average class will leave primary school unable to read well. These children will often struggle in school, and beyond.

When a child can navigate words, they can navigate the world. That’s why we’re helping children develop the reading skills and confidence they need for a fair chance in life, through our flexible, volunteer-led programme.

The Bookmark app matches schools with fully safeguarded, vetted and trained reading volunteers. During each programme, a volunteer has one-to-one reading sessions, twice a week for six weeks, with a child who needs extra help with their reading. Sessions take place in school and are delivered online through our secure, interactive platform.

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We are a  local charity whose aim is to support teachers in improving literacy standards across Norfolk.

We do this by providing trained volunteers to support children's reading on a one-to-one basis within Primary Schools.

Our volunteers are given an understanding of the importance of phonics in leaning to read, in line with the emphasis placed on this in the New National Curriculum. This focus on phonics is particularly welcomed by teachers as it supports rather than conflicts with their class teaching.

Our charity was started in 2015 in response to increasing concern about reading standards across the county and the impact this has on future prospects. In the last few years we have trained over 200 volunteers and we are supporting more than 50 schools throughout the county.

We are a non-affiliated organisation whose sole aim is to improve children's reading skills and lifetime opportunities. Reg. charity no: 1176987. Our email is: info@thenorfolkreadingproject.co.uk

We appreciate that all children need plenty of opportunity to practise their developing reading skills.

The Norfolk Reading Project recognises that it is increasingly difficult for teachers to hear children read on a one-to-one basis within the classroom. Trained Reading Support Volunteers can help fill this gap. If you think your School might benefit from this support please do not hesitate to get in touch via our Contact Us Section.

If you already have volunteers in the classroom whom you feel might benefit from some phonics training we would be happy to include them in one our sessions.

Aims of the Norfolk Reading Project 

  • We can provide volunteers to support your teachers.

  • The volunteers will have training in the current methodology for teaching reading, including Phonics and also Child Protection issues. 

  • Our Volunteers are DBS checked.

  • We can arrange for volunteers to come to your school regularly each week to hear children read on a one-to-one basis.

  • We are a charity and this service is FREE.