Sanctuary staff helping children to improve reading skills

Children in Hackney are learning to discover the wonderful world of books thanks to the help of employees from Sanctuary Housing.

Members of staff from the national housing provider are working with Kingsmead Primary School and local education organisation Inspire to improve the reading skills of Year Three pupils.

The project sees an adult partnered with a child for 30 minutes every week to read a story of the child’s choice.

Pupils are then encouraged to engage with the story through discussion and by using their imagination.

The project is designed to provide support for children of all reading abilities, whether they need help to progress or want to try more challenging books.

Toby Moore, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “Reading can bring so much joy to children and we are delighted to be able to support Inspire and Kingsmead Primary School with this project.

“Our staff take great pleasure from seeing their child progress and look forward to spending their lunchtimes with them.”

Lisa Atamian, from Inspire, said: “We are always keen to work with individual schools and companies to develop new ideas and activities to enrich children’s education, and this project is testament to that.

“Not only is it beneficial to the children’s learning but it is rewarding for the adults as well because of the positive impact they can have on young people’s lives.”