Literacy tutors scheme

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Students from the University have been working with schools in Birmingham and the West Midlands to help young learners to improve their reading skills.  Over the course of 12 weeks, our student tutors spend time with the pupils, aged 4-11, to practise reading and ensure they understand what they are learning.

On average, each student works with 10 youngsters at a school, spending 20-30 minutes with each learner per week. We provide all tutors with comprehensive training and staff support to ensure they can make a real difference.

Case study: Annie Ross, Literacy Tutor

When I first saw the role of literacy tutor advertised, I knew straight away that I wanted to be in that role and was so excited to find out I had been accepted onto the scheme. The training and support I have received in order to prepare myself for this role have been fantastic. We met with the education department of the university to complete our paid training. They gave us tips and ideas to track progress and encourage improvement.

Prior to this, I had been apprehensive about my first day at the primary school as I had never had a similar opportunity to this, being a criminology undergraduate. I knew I could debate any criminological topic under the sun but help children improve their reading? As enthusiastic as I was, I wasn’t so sure. However, this changed post training and I felt confident in my new role.

When the time came to meet my readers, I felt fully prepared and I’m glad that I was. They are the most fantastic group of children I have ever had the opportunity to work with. Although they are with me to help enhance their reading, these children are little diamonds with different strengths and quirks that they bring to the table every session. I have seen the children become more comfortable in reading with me, finding the time and confidence to enjoy what they are reading and even laugh out loud at their books. Having the opportunity to be a literacy tutor with the university has been, and is, a pleasure.