A team from People’s Postcode Lottery is joining forces with Business in the Community Scotland for their 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.

Figures from Business in the Community Scotland state that one in five of the poorest children in Scotland are leaving primary school not able to read adequately.

Jo Bucci, Managing Director at People’s Postcode Lottery, said, “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 beside 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.”

Jane Wood, Managing Director of Business in the Community Scotland, said that her organisation was pleased to team up with People’s Postcode Lottery. "We are delighted that People’s Postcode Lottery is embracing the responsible business agenda by supporting their team, volunteers, and their communities to improve Scotland's literacy levels.

"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, Head Teacher at Prestonfield Primary School 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.”

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A team from People's Postcode Lottery will be heading out to read with children