Primary pupils get university support

PUBLISHED: 19:00 09 February 2014

Windwhistle School chidren from Year 1 and Y2 with their reading partners, who are student teachers at UWE.

Windwhistle School chidren from Year 1 and Y2 with their reading partners, who are student teachers at UWE.

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STUDENT teachers from the University of the West of England dropped into Weston’s Windwhistle Primary School to offer additional support for children learning to read.

The link-up is part of Windwhistle’s Better Reading Partners Programme, which has since trained adults working with pupils since 2009.

Staff say pupils benefit through increased ability and confidence, while helpers gained new skills towards their teaching qualifications.

Jane Carter, senior lecturer in primary education at UWE, said: “Last year children involved in the project made an average 7.3 months’ progress in reading during the two months of the project and 100 per cent of the students reported that their confidence and competence as teachers of reading has increased. Everyone has benefited.”

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