MEP for South East England, Catherine Bearder, dropped into an Oxford school today to see the work of a successful literacy charity.
The visit at Church Cowley School was to celebrate the European Year of Volunteering and to see in action Reading Quest, an Oxford-based charity which trains teachers, teaching assistants and volunteers to work with children in Year 2 who are struggling with reading and writing.
Catherine was able to watch a Reading Quest lesson delivered by core tutor Mandy Kirkby-Dyer and chat to staff about the impact of the charity's work.
"Throughout the European Year of Volunteering I want to take the opportunity to highlight the great work of organisations that depend on volunteers such as Reading Quest."
"It was inspiring to see the Mandy working and the great progress being made."
Reading Quest is celebrating its 15th birthday and is proud of its record of on average boosting a child's reading development by seven months through one-to-one teaching three times a week for six weeks.
The charity's new Director, Jayne Lacny, said:
"We know we have a tried and tested method of helping children feel good about their literacy learning and themselves. It's was lovely to host Catherine's visit and to explain about the work of the charity. We have trained and worked with volunteers for years and we love to see them progress professionally in their Reading Quest work."