Berkshire charity holds prices despite education cuts

News from: ABC to read (Assisting Berkshire Children to Read)

Local charity ABC to Read has announced that it will be holding the price of school contributions for its volunteer mentors, despite acute pressures on school budgets.

The charity’s prices are being held for the seventh successive year at just £360 per volunteer, representing a real-term reduction of 12% over that period; just £3 a week per child. 95% of the children working with an ABC to Read experience an improvement in their reading performance, with 96% reporting a higher self-esteem as a result.

The school’s contribution helps towards the cost of recruiting, training and supporting volunteers. It also provides the charity with the necessary resources and pays volunteer travel expenses where appropriate, which is essential for the charity to carry on with their vital work in helping children find the fun in reading.

Many schools choose to allocate children in receipt of Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) funding for disadvantaged children to be assigned an ABC to Read mentor. If all three of the allocated children are receiving PPG support, the charity contribution uses just 9% of the total PPG income, leaving schools with over 90% to use in other ways.

There are still spaces available for any new volunteers to take part in ABC to Read volunteer training as well as for new schools to join. For more information about training days or joining the scheme as a school or volunteer mentor please email abctoread@btconnect.com.

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