Guest Blog from Benenden Health

I recently completed my first term taking part in the Right to Read scheme at Poppleton Road school and I have to say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. From the initial training right through to the one-to-one sessions with the children, it’s been hugely rewarding – and fun!

I personally love reading and the idea of helping children with their reading skills really appealed to me.  When colleagues have taken part in the programme previously they’ve always come back saying how fantastic it’s been to be involved and how much they get out of it personally. So I was really keen to sign up when the next opportunity came round.

Each time I go into the school, I read with about five or six children on a one-to-one basis and it’s been great to see how they have progressed with their reading skills even in such a short space of time. The children all really seem to benefit from having that extra one-to-one reading time and it’s been great seeing how enthusiastic they are to develop their reading.

Being part of Right to Read has been unlike anything I’ve ever done before and it’s really taken me out of my comfort zone professionally. However, the support from York Cares and the school has been fantastic. The initial training session was highly informative, with practical tips and advice on how to read to children of primary school age. The school have made me feel very welcome and the children are just so excited to read, that’s it been a real pleasure.

If anyone is considering taking part in the Right to Read scheme, I would definitely recommend it without hesitation. My placement is only a ten minute walk from where I work so it’s really convenient and there can be flexibility on the age of children you read with and days/times of the placement. It’s a great chance to do something in your local community and help improve children’s confidence in reading whilst also learning new skills and meeting new people!


Amy Goodman, Media Relations Executive,  Benenden Health