Year 10 students at Sandwich Technology School have been instrumental in a new initiative to boost literacy levels. They have been acting as “reading buddies” for Year 7 students in a fortnightly reading group. Their aim is to increase the confidence and self-esteem of younger readers and work with them to improve their literacy across the curriculum.

Working with the English Department, the school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and the Sixth Form Transition Manager, the Year 10 group has successfully secured funding from the HeadStart ‘Pay it Forward’ Scheme. This has enabled the purchase of specialist reading books and dictionaries to be enjoyed and used by the reading group.

Headteacher, Tracey Savage, said: “The work that Year 10 students are doing with Year 7 is excellent. During our recent inspection visit, Ofsted listened to the Year 7 group read – the Inspector commented on how confidently the students read and was impressed. I would like to say thank you and well done to all those involved.”