Huddersfield New College Health and Social Care and Childcare and Education students recently undertook specialist training with Beanstalk, a national charity that trains volunteers to work with struggling readers to help to improve reading ability and confidence. 

Students discovered more about strategies to help children become confident with reading, with practical hints and tips. The group also have the opportunity to progress to a Level 2 accreditation. Following an application process for places, the group have gained skills that will allow them to support children they work with both on a voluntary basis and during work placements. 

Katie Griffiths, Teacher of Health and Social Care says: “Our students often progress to roles where they make a real difference to the lives and outcomes of children. Reading is a crucial life skill, and developing a love of reading at an early age can support lifelong success. This training helped our students to develop a toolkit that will help them to improve reading ability and confidence, and make a real difference to those they work with. It is a great example of the unique opportunities our students enjoy, and how as a College we provide experiences that give our students the competitive edge when applying for university places and employment.”

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