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Strong start for Norfolk campaign inspiring a love of reading in children

PUBLISHED: 11:43 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:43 13 December 2017

The launch of the Get Norfolk Reading initiative. Pictured are 
Lionwood Junior School children Emily Balls, Lola Cook, Keran Forder, Rhyse Walton and Ruby Noble-Griffin.
 Picture: Nick Butcher

The launch of the Get Norfolk Reading initiative. Pictured are Lionwood Junior School children Emily Balls, Lola Cook, Keran Forder, Rhyse Walton and Ruby Noble-Griffin. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A scheme which matches trained volunteer readers with primary pupils has helped more than 50 youngsters.

So far, the Get Norfolk Reading campaign, which is run by the Transforming Education in Norfolk (TEN) Group in partnership with national charity Beanstalk, has trained 21 readers since its launch earlier this year.

They have been regularly reading with one-to-one pupils in 12 primary schools around Norfolk, with a further three having recently joined the scheme and 10 more volunteers ready to be placed in schools.

They include Lucy Mole, from Ridlington, near Happisburgh, who has been working with three pupils at Bacton Primary since September.

She said: “It’s been absolutely amazing… To hear from the teachers that the children were shy and not so confident before, and that thanks to this one-to-one time they have improved not only in their reading but in their confidence, it’s really lovely.”

• For more information on the scheme, click here.

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