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ARCh reading helper with children

Posted for ARCh (Assisted Reading for Children)

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An ARCh reading helper visits a school twice a week spending half an hour each with three children. The school selects children who they believe will benefit from the additional help of a trained ARCh volunteer. The child may be struggling with reading, lack language skills or have little confidence. The volunteer talks to the child, reads books and plays games supplied by ARCh.

There are volunteer opportunities available in a number of South Northants primary schools as well as all Oxfordshire primary schools.

They are particularly looking for Brackley volunteers for the next training course in October 2018.


Our volunteers do not need particular qualifications or experience. They need to be patient, enjoy reading and have the appropriate interpersonal skills to help children and liaise with school staff. All volunteers must understand and observe our child protection and confidentiality policies.

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  • Children
  • Employment, Education and Training
  • No specific interest


  • Creativity
  • Teaching and Training


  • Accessibility
    Able to get to a local primary school
  • Age restrictions
    over 18
  • DBS check required
    Enhanced DBS will be undertaken by ARCh
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
    Regular contact from fieldworker, both in visit and email/phone calls. Also regular meetings and ongoing training opportunities.
  • Training provided
    Initial 2 day training followed by regular update training.
  • Volunteer induction
    Fieldworker will attend initial introduction visit with volunteer and complete necessary induction procedure.
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When do I need to be available?

Start Date: 31/10/2017

End Date: 31/10/2019

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No No No No No No
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Twice a week for 1½ hours each day for one year during the school term time.

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