University supports schools to boost reading ages

UNIVERSITY students have been supporting school children to improve their reading.

Sunday, 23rd December 2018, 4:19 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 10:46 am

The 10-week programme was delivered by 18 trained students who visited schools to provide targeted learning support to Year 7 pupils.

The initiative was targeted at students with a reading age at least 18 months lower than their actual age.

Professor Graham Galbraith, the university's vice-chancellor, said: '˜I'm thrilled that our students have helped so many local school pupils to boost their reading ability which is such an important life skill. As a university we have a global outlook but we are firmly rooted in our city.'

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In addition to improving the children's reading ages, it is also hoped the scheme may inspire some students to pursue teaching as a career.

University student Chloe Bolton, who was involved in the scheme, said: '˜It's great to represent the university in making a difference with these pupils in the local community.'

The children have been awarded certificates from the university in recognition of their participation in the programme.