Mayor joins in ‘cracking’ reading scheme
WHEN it comes to reading schemes, the mayor and deputy mayor of Corby can spot a cracker when they see one!
They visited Corby Primary Academy this month to see Beanstalk Trained Reading helper, Ruth Lawson, supporting children with their reading.
And afterwards, Mayor Peter McEwan said: “It’s a cracking scheme! It’s all about getting children to enjoy reading and not spend so much time on gadgets or in front of the TV.”
Beanstalk is a children’s literacy charity that recruits and trains reading helpers who provide dedicated one-to-one support to primary school children. Trained helpers work with three children on a one-to-one basis for 30 minutes each. Deputy Mayor Julie Riley, a retired teacher herself, said: “Reading is the key to everything, it gives children the confidence to fly!”
Headteacher Nikki Lamond said: “We can really see children’s confidence and reading improving as a result of their reading sessions with Ruth.
“The training from Beanstalk has been of good quality and relevant, as are the materials provided to the reading helpers.”
Ruth, who has been helping children at Corby Primary Academy since September, said: “It is such a rewarding role and I thoroughly enjoy it. It has given me back the confidence I had before stopping work to look after my family. It can be challenging, but I won’t let that stop me!
“I can’t believe how much the children’s confidence in reading has grown, one child received an Improvement in Reading award at assembly recently which was my proudest moment as a Beanstalk Reading helper.”
Beanstalk representative Sarah Kent added: “It is brilliant to see our work in action at this great school!”
GROWING CONFIDENCE: Helper Ruth Lawson shows a Corby pupil and the mayor and deputy mayor how the Beanstalk scheme works.