Volunteer Reading Coach

WC2B, London (On-site)
Pimlico, Greater London
E15, London
This is a voluntary position
Job description


To support the delivery of literacy learning. In particular, to work with and provide support to adult learners on a 1-1 or small group basis. 


Main duties

  • Establish constructive relationships with learners and interact with them according to individual needs 

  • Help to check learners’ understanding, build their confidence in reading, and provide help where needed  

  • Use the strategies of non-directive learning, as instructed by our training providers, to help learners get the best out of their reading practice through providing encouragement, positive feedback and reassurance 

  • Work with individuals outside class (in a setting selected by the Trust, typically on the partner’s premises) to practice the skills learned in the classroom with feedback, support and encouragement, and to help build resilience so that learners persist with their learning 

  • Take part in regular meetings (online or in-person) with other volunteers and members of ALT staff, in order to share experiences and learn with and through each other. 


Person Specification  

To be eligible to serve as a Volunteer Reading Coach, no prior teaching experience or qualification 

will be needed. Volunteers will, however, need to satisfy a number of eligibility criteria, including 

but not limited to: 

  • Be at least 18 years old 

  • Speak, write and understand English well enough to communicate clearly, and have a minimum education of a secondary school level or equivalent 

  • Be able to meet with a learner at an approved site, on a set day and time (minimum of 1 hour per week), for a minimum of 1 academic term 

  • Agree to receive an up-to-date DBS check (ALT will cover related fees) 

  • Successfully complete volunteer induction and training, including safeguarding, and any further training as required 

  • Adhere to all charity relevant policies and procedures 

  • Have the right to volunteer in the UK 


Essential Skills 

  • A good communicator, with strong reading and listening skills 

  • Patient, friendly and approachable 

  • Reliable and punctual 

  • Non-judgemental approach  

  • Ability to explain things in a simple manner 


Desirable Skills 

  • Passionate about literacy and its importance 

  • Enjoys helping others and able to demonstrate empathy 

  • Ability to encourage and motivate others to overcome barriers 

  • Ability to work as part of a team 

  • Awareness and understanding of equal opportunities and safeguarding 

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Posted on: 21 November 2023
Closing date: 13 January 2024 at 23:30
Tags: Training, Teaching

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