Our Time to Read programme ran by our Business Action on Education is Ireland’s first business to education reading initiative. We have commenced the 2015/2016 school year and are encouraging all businesses to sign up.
The initiative provides second class (7/8/9 year old) children with the opportunity to receive reading support from a business volunteer over a 20 week programme. The programme aims to increase the enjoyment of, and confidence in reading whilst encouraging self-discovery for the participating children.
Teachers and participants are already reporting significant impacts on the children. All business volunteers who partake in this programme receive training in advance.
What business volunteers have said:
“The improvements in confidence, fluency and comprehension were clearly visible from the start of the programme to the end. Enjoyment is harder to measure, but while the girls may have been more timid at the start, by the end of the programme they were bounding with enthusiasm about reading new books, re-reading favourites and trying to sound out new words. We had lots of giggles over funny illustrations and the girls loved reading in different character voices”
“It was great to feel like we were making a difference to these children. The girls were a credit to the school and an absolute pleasure to read with every week. To see their confidence and their reading abilities grow week on week was very rewarding”
Check out this video to see RTE Nationwide featuring Time to Read with the ESB’s CEO, Pat O’Doherty speaking about the business benefits of participation.
If you are an existing member and would like to know more please contact your Account Manager.
If you are not a member, please contact Germaine Noonan Programme Manager The Schools’ Business Partnership T: 01 874 3813 E: firstname.lastname@example.org