Appeal for volunteers to help Langtoft pupils

Volunteer tutors at Langtoft Primary School.  Volunteer tutors, David Lawson and Kiera Pearce, with pupils, Freya Fairhead-Abrahams, four, and Thomas Ferris, five.'Photo: MSMP270313-009ow
Volunteer tutors at Langtoft Primary School. Volunteer tutors, David Lawson and Kiera Pearce, with pupils, Freya Fairhead-Abrahams, four, and Thomas Ferris, five.'Photo: MSMP270313-009ow

More volunteers are needed to help with a successful tuition scheme that has improved the literacy skills of primary school children.

Langtoft Primary School parent governor Kate Coles set up a volunteer scheme a year ago to give pupils the chance to have some one-on-one help with reading and writing.

The scheme was a great success but several of the volunteers have now moved on and Kate is hoping to recruit more for the coming academic year.

She said: “We originally recruited 14 volunteers after an appeal in the Mercury.

“Some were interested in teaching, some just wanted to help children.

“People came forward for a range of reasons.

“We have since lost a few volunteers.

“One is training as a teacher, two are becoming teaching assistants and some people have just moved on.”

According to Kate one of the main benefits teachers have spotted since the volunteers came to the school has been the speed of improvement of the children.

She said: “Volunteers have helped the children get to certain levels a lot quicker and they can then move on to the next stage. Their confidence is also boosted.

“Having male role models coming in is also important. The head is the only male teacher at the school.”

One of the volunteers is Dehlia Barnard-Edmunds, 51, a self-employed textile artist from Market Deeping.

Dehlia, a former teacher, joined up to give something back to the community.

She said: “I have been working with foundation age children once a week. I know how important it is to give those basics of reading and writing to small children.

“It has been remarkable the progress you see each time you visit. It gives the children a one-on-one opportunity with someone which is a rarity in a state school.

“They get as much out of it as we do. They look forward to seeing you.”

Headteacher James McCullough pointed out that results have improved since the volunteer scheme began.

He said: “Their commitment is great – so many of our children benefit from their visits each week.”

Volunteers can commit as little as an hour or two per week. To find out more call Kate on 07912 111 472 or e-mail kiwikatecoles@yahoo.com.