Volunteers help literacy

The Literacy Nurture Group meets every Tuesday to support a group of selected pupils and help to improve their literacy skills.  Each learner is paired with a volunteer who works with them on a 1-1 basis during the sessions every week. The volunteers have built a strong rapport with the pupils and the work they are doing is helping to boost the pupils’ academic and social self-esteem.

The group comes together at the end of each session to reflect on what they have done well and to recognise the efforts of others in the group. This week the group held a little party to celebrate the birthday of one of the volunteers and the pupils had to complete a task to earn presents for this volunteer.

The sessions last 45 minutes and volunteers are trained in nurture and teaching literacy skills using multi-sensory methods.

Literacy Nurture Group Coordinator, Madeleine Merrifield, said: “We are very grateful to our wonderful volunteers who are so generous with their time and are making such a difference to our boys.”

The principal and leadership team, well supported by the Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust, have provided strong leadership, which has had a positive impact on the school’s effectiveness. As a result, there have been improvements in all areas, most noticeably in pupils’ behaviour and attitudes, the curriculum and in the wider opportunities for pupils.

Ofsted, February 2019

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