ARCh – Assisted reading for school children in Oxfordshire

Even in a prosperous area like Oxfordshire there are many children who have trouble reading.

The website introduces you to who they are and what they do. In addition to this you may find information on how to become a volunteer and what is expected of them to provide assisted reading for children in Oxfordshire.

  • Some have lost confidence because they’ve fallen behind.
  • Some are shy and don’t communicate well.
  • Some have missed out on the development of vital skills in early childhood.
  • Some have difficulty concentrating.
  • Some don’t speak English at home.
  • Some just need a boost to help them catch up.

The children are chosen by their teachers as the ones most in need of help.

ARCh recruit, train and support volunteers in primary schools across Oxfordshire, and help hundreds of children a year.

The children have two individual half-hour sessions each week during term-time with their ARCh volunteer. The sessions are at school during school hours. The main idea is to make the children feel happy and successful, so they start to think of reading as something they can enjoy.

With this in mind, ARCh volunteers do a variety of things with the children. In addition to reading they may play word, board or memory games, make and draw things, help the children write their own stories, or just talk. This all helps to boost confidence.

ARCh Website

Colin has maintained and developed the ARCh website for a year now and has made such a difference! We are very grateful for his professional expertise and efficiency – we only have to ask for something and it is done! The improved site has been admired and complimented by many, and we can highly recommend Colin’s services.

Elaine Adams

Development Manager, ARCh Oxfordshire