BITC Scotland’s Paired Reading programme continues to help tackle Scotland’s child literacy problem

BITC Scotland pairs up with Edinburgh-based business to make a difference to young lives.

People's Postcode Lottery logoA team from charity lottery, People’s Postcode Lottery is the latest organisation to join forces with Business in the Community Scotland for its paired reading programme. Twenty members of the lottery team will be heading to a local primary school to read one-on-one with children aged eight and nine.

The team at People’s Postcode Lottery are excited to be taking part in the paired reading programme alongside Business in the Community Scotland. Each week, members of our team will go along to a local primary school and sit alongside a child whilst they read their chosen book, helping to read along with them and boost their confidence. The project will also see children getting a real insight into the business world, developing both their academic and social skills too.

- Jo Bucci,
Managing Director, People's Postcode Lottery
Paired Reading is helping to tackle Scotland’s child literacy problem by bringing together business volunteers and schools to help raise children's literacy. One in five of the poorest children in Scotland are leaving primary school not able to read adequately.

"We are delighted that People’s Postcode Lottery are embracing the responsible business agenda by supporting their team, volunteers and their communities to improve Scotland's literacy levels," said Jane Wood, Managing Director, BITC Scotland. "Working together, we are striving to make our country fairer and more sustainable, making a tangible difference to young lives, and helping to create vibrant communities where people can flourish."

Fiona Murray is Head Teacher at Prestonfield Primary School, where the volunteers have been reading with pupils.  She said:

“Excellent schools work closely in partnership with their community to make sure that every child achieves the very best outcomes.  At Prestonfield Primary School we have the fantastic support of People’s Postcode Lottery through Paired Reading Partnerships.  The impact that these volunteers have on raising pupil confidence and attainment is extremely powerful.  Through the Paired Reading Partnerships, children also get to know people who are positive role models, who work for a living and have aspirational jobs, helping pupils make that link between developing skills for learning, life and work.”

People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery whose players have raised more than £154 million for over 2,000 good causes across Great Britain and internationally.

Find out more about Paired Reading and e-mail James Tindell, Senior Programme Manager, Employee Volunteering if your business is interested in being involved.