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Mayor's Fund For London

Inspiring Reading

Illiteracy is closely linked to long-term unemployment, ill-health and involvement in crime. Children living in an area of significant disadvantage or coming from a deprived background are far more likely to struggle to read and often the first to get left behind.

Inspiring Reading places trained reading volunteers into schools to boost ability in primary pupils who have fallen behind in reading.

Part of the Evening Standard’s Get London Reading campaign.

“The children that I support as a reading helper are very bright and quick to learn new games.

We play chess and Scrabble and do Bananagrams and Hangman as a way of reinforcing new words. I also help them with reading aloud.

The children rush to the door when I put my nose against the glass. It’s very rewarding.”


Our Impact

88 London primary schools have been engaged in Inspiring Reading.

2,000 pupils have been supported with their reading

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