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School trains reading buddies to help out pupils

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 22, 2014

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OLDER pupils at a South Derbyshire school have been trained to help pupils in Year 7 to develop stronger reading skills.

The Pingle School, in Swadlincote, has provided specialist training to a group of pupils in Year 10 and 12.

The Pingle School’s ‘reading buddies’ learned about the difficulties some readers experience whether it be related to phonics, grammar or comprehension.

Mary Hall, assistant head teacher at the school, told The Mail: “We have a lot of very talented senior pupils who are not only achieving well themselves in English, but who have excellent leadership and coaching skills. The ‘reading buddies’ scheme gives these pupils a chance to develop these skills and build their CV’s for sixth form, university applications and employment.”

Olivia Boyce, Year 12 pupil, told the Mail: “The Reading Buddies meet each week and listen to the younger pupils read. We also talk about the books. It really is a rewarding thing to do when each week you can see them becoming more confident readers.”

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