“Rushall Inclusion Advisory Service in Walsall, West Midlands hosted Reader Leader training for several year four and year five children from a number of schools. The training was fabulous! It was fun, engaging, inspiring and helped the children to further develop their passion and commitment to reading. During the training day it was amazing to watch the children’s confidence and esteem as leaders grow. They made tremendous progress in their questioning skills. Every school that attended has set up the Reader Leader programme in their school and all report positive gains. When I visit these schools I am constantly told about measurable positive impact in terms of reading accuracy, comprehension and fluency. Schools are also celebrating the progress the leaders and their tutees are making in terms of their confidence, engagement, self-esteem and love of reading. We look forwards to hosting training sessions in the future and continuing to develop our relationship with Reading Matters.”

Beccie Hawes, Head of Service at Rushall Inclusion Advisory Support Team


“This was a fantastic course, very helpful, supportive and positive. It’s made me consider how I support children with their reading and reflect on my practice so that I can improve. One of the most beneficial courses that I’ve been on”.

Lindsey Dixon, re Reading Support Workshop, Pudsey Primrose Hill primary


“The Reading Leaders scheme benefits the whole school community from year 7 through to year 13 and also the staff. Reading is placed at the heart of learning, students are encouraged and supported in working together, and both students and staff benefit from a whole school being engaged in learning. Everyone involved sees the scheme as a positive and essential part of life at Brooke Western Academy.  I wholeheartedly recommend Reading Matters to other schools. The trainers and training are superb. The support is excellent and the benefits to the whole learning experience are phenomenal.”

Sandra Childs, Curriculum Support Manager at Brooke Western City Technology College


“I really enjoyed the parents’ workshop, and leave feeling excited about the difference I can make using these ideas to help my children. I will definitely make more effort to read every day and also try out some of the suggested activities that we can do together.”

Parent on the Reading Together course at Longsands Academy


“David Young Community Academy has been involved with Reading Matters for six years. The Reading Leaders’ programme is beneficial to the Sixth Formers and the younger students alike.

 The one-day training programme for the older students is challenging, but enjoyable. Because they are in an adult environment, the 6th formers gain in confidence and maturity, as well as developing strategies to help their mentees enjoy their reading. 

Working alongside younger students over a sustained period of time, planning and logging their sessions takes a lot of commitment on the part of the Sixth Formers. They develop vital life skills along the way  – communication; punctuality; patience; empathy.  And, on top of all that, they have the opportunity to submit their work for an OCN level 2 accreditation. A win-win situation!”

Alison Vanes, Learning Resource Centre Manager, David Young Community Academy