A group of Health and Social Care and Early Years students from Huddersfield New College have been undergoing training today with Beanstalk, a national charity. This specialist training will help them to undertake an exciting role as a ‘Reading Leader’ which will see them visiting local primary schools to support children who need help with their reading.

The students, who all hope to work with children in their future, have volunteered for the Reading Leaders scheme with Beanstalk. The charity runs training for reading volunteers so that they can provide practical and positive guidance for young children to help them become more confident and competent readers.

Following the training, HNC students will work with children in local schools. As part of this, each student will develop a portfolio and, if successful, will be awarded a Level 2 Accreditation in Supporting Reading Skills.

Katie Griffiths, Health and Social Care teacher, comments: “It was fantastic to see our students participating in this training with such a positive attitude, contributing enthusiastically and developing the skills that will help them to change children’s lives now and in the future. Following this, our students will be visiting schools in our local community and will be working on a one-to-one basis with pupils to improve their reading ability and confidence. This is a great example of how our students are encouraged to volunteer and give something back, whilst gaining the additional skills and experience that will support them in their chosen careers in the future.” 

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