Redrow helps Moulton school plant the seed for a love of reading
With reports that 1,300 children* in Northamptonshire left primary school last year unable to read to the required level, Redrow is helping Moulton Primary School ‘book’ the trend.
The housebuilder has sponsored a reading partner to assist children living near its soon to launch Carey Fields development in Moulton.
Volunteer Teresa Quigley has been trained by children’s literacy charity Beanstalk and now supports children at the village school twice a week.
It follows the launch of a new campaign Read On, Get On, which aims to get all children reading well by the time they reach the age 11 by 2025.
Teresa said: “When my own children were at school I used to help with reading, but the role of a reading partner is more structured to support the children. A lot of children don’t read for pleasure or enjoy reading so there’s real value in having regular one-to-one reading time. It helps improve their literacy skills and understanding of what they’re reading.”
Redrow also donated copies of What Happens in Redrow Green to the school, a book written by Redrow’s Pauline Turnbull. The book is designed to teach children about the natural environment and the different habitats that animals call their home.
New Moulton Primary head teacher Debbie Bastin said: “Reading is such a key skill that we welcome any support with helping our children make good progress. More importantly, we want our children to love reading as it opens the doors to worlds and experiences beyond their daily lives. We’re grateful to Redrow for supporting children’s reading by sponsoring a volunteer and donating books. ”
The Carey Fields development will be undertaken by Redrow Homes (South Midlands), whose sales director Tonia Tyler said: “Fostering a love of reading in children is important as good levels of literacy will open so many opportunities for them in later life. We’re proud to be able to help support children in Moulton by sponsoring a Beanstalk reading partner.”
According to figures releases as part of the Get On Read On campaign, one and a half million children will reach the age of 11 unable to ‘read well’ by 2025 unless urgent action is taken to tackle the reading crisis.
In Northamptonshire last year, 1,300 pupils left primary school unable to read to the required level.
Greg Yarnall, Beanstalk area manager for the Northamptonshire area, added: “It is truly shocking that so many children leave primary school unable to read confidently. We are urgently looking for more volunteer reading helpers to provide vital one-to-one support in local schools. If you think you could give a child the gift of reading I would urge you to step forward to become a reading volunteer.”
*Figures from 2013 Standard Attainment Test results for 11-year-olds
Currently celebrating its 40th year, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and four consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Redrow also collected the Silver award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2012 and 2013 What House? Awards; the award for best marketing initiative at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Housebuilder Awards and its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence.