Could you help a child learn to read?

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Could you give up your time to help a child learn to read?

Local children’s literacy charity Beanstalk is part of a new campaign to get all children reading well by age 11 by 2025.

The Read On. Get On campaign brings together teachers, parents, businesses and charities including Save the Children. Last year around 75,000 pupils left primary schools in England unable to read to Level 1, and they claim that by 2025 one-and-a-half million children will reach the age of 11 unable to read well’ unless urgent action is taken.

Beanstalk is now recruiting and training volunteers to go into primary schools to work with children who are failing behind with their reading in Milton Keynes

Spokesman Greg Yarnall said: “It is truly shocking that so many children leave primary school unable to read confidently, and we are urgently looking for more volunteer reading helpers across the whole of Milton Keynes to provide vital one-to-one support in local schools.”

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or you are from a school that would benefit from additional reading support, call 01604 720969, email or visit