30 November
By Claire Featherstone
Categories: Charity and Not-for-profit/Social/Fundraising/Giving Back

Naylor Wintersgill support cutting-edge remote reading scheme in Bradford

Naylor Wintersgill is proud to be the first business in Bradford to become a corporate partner of TutorMate UK – a pioneering remote reading support scheme for young children.

Established by the charity Innovations for Learning, the TutorMate programme has recently come to the UK after much success across America. As the first business to sign up to TutorMate UK in the local area, Naylor Wintersgill have adopted a classroom at Westminster C of E Primary School in Bradford, with each of our 12 volunteer team members being matched with a pupil from the school aged between 5 and 6 years old.

From 22nd November, our volunteers have started to donate 30 minutes of their time every week during the academic year, providing one-to-one reading support to their assigned reading buddy by logging in to their TutorMate Portal from our office.

Naylor Wintersgill Managing Director Victoria Wainwright said, “As a responsible business which has been part of the local community here in Bradford for over 100 years, we are firmly committed to supporting our city and the people within it. We believe that engaging with local school pupils through TutorMate will help us to have a positive impact on the future educational and employment outcomes of young people in Bradford and in turn allow us to drive inclusive growth for the city. ”

Emma Bell, Executive Director of Innovations for Learning UK spoke of our involvement in the programme, “Naylor Wintersgill’s financial support, in connection with your outstanding volunteer efforts, will help improve the lives of children served by Innovations for Learning’s cutting-edge literacy programme. This school year, because of your support, we will reach over 400 UK school children in their communities through TutorMate, helping them build the critical reading skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.”

Head of HR at Naylor Wintersgill, Claire Featherstone also added, “43% of all Bradford children left primary school last year unable to read to the required level, rising to 54% if they were from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our team, including myself, couldn’t wait to get involved in the programme. It’s such a great feeling knowing that we can really make a difference to our TutorMate buddies, building their confidence and helping to open the doors to a lifetime of learning  – I’m sure my session will become the highlight of my week!”

Naylor Wintersgill have pledged to donate in excess of 120 volunteer hours in 2019 to the TutorMate UK programme to help improve the literacy outcomes of young children in Bradford.

You can keep up to date with our TutorMate UK journey throughout the year on our website and on Twitter.