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‘Ladies in Read’: Reading Mentors

Reading mentor in the New Hall

“I am enjoying the reading mentoring because I love reading. The book we are reading is very interesting. My mentor is super nice and always compliments me about my reading. This makes me feel happy and confident.” Year 4 Pupil

Although lockdown delayed our initial plans, in April 2021, eight of our year 10 students have took part in a 'Reading Mentors' scheme with year 4 pupils from Galleywall Primary School.

Each week, the mentors and mentees connect over Google Meet to read together and discuss Michael Murpurgo's The Butterfly Lion. It has been a joy to see the connection that the pairs have made over such a short space of time and to hear them take it in turns to read, discuss tricky vocabulary and spellings, to make plot predictions, and to develop a trusting and fun relationship.

It was wonderful to be able to expand the scheme in September and now we have a new year 10 cohort as well as the original group of mentors.

“I love Reading Mentors; it's really fun and I love seeing the pleasure my mentee gets from reading a book that I really enjoyed ready when I was his age.” Year 10 Mentor