Irthlingborough reading scheme hopes to boost literacy

Sixth Form students from Huxlow will read, play and learn one-to-one with children from Irthlingborough Nursery & Infant School in a new scheme
Sixth Form students from Huxlow will read, play and learn one-to-one with children from Irthlingborough Nursery & Infant School in a new scheme

A scheme to boost standards of literacy in primary schools as well as building confidence in its teenage volunteers has been launched.

Huxlow Science College successfully bid for funding through Northamptonshire County Council’s ‘Race to the Top’ fund winning a grant for their new community initiative, LitKits.

The Race to the Top fund aims to boost performance in schools to make Northamptonshire one of the highest performing counties for education by 2020.

The new LitKits are kit-bags which contain resources to make reading more exciting, to engage children with books using different methods.

Each bag contains a fiction book, a non-fiction book, a toy or game, and some puzzles or quizzes on a particular theme to be used by the teen volunteer readers helping out in primary schools.

Sixth Form students from Huxlow will read, play and learn one-to-one with pupils from Irthlingborough Nursery & Infant School, Irthlingborough Junior School and Finedon Mulso CEVA Junior School over the next six months.

Huxlow’s deputy headteacher, Mrs Isaksen, and Teacher of English and Literacy Co-ordinator, Miss Sampson, came up with the original LitKits concept.

Miss Sampson commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity to develop links with our feeder primary schools and foster a love of literacy throughout our local community. For the younger ones, it’s raising literacy standards, for the older ones, the key purpose is to develop skills.”