Group of companies Open global navigation Open menu

July

Steel manufacturer joins unique book club

12 July 2011

A group of dedicated volunteers from Sheffield Forgemasters have headed back to the classroom to help children in a literacy initiative to improve their reading skills.

A group of dedicated volunteers from Sheffield Forgemasters have headed back to the classroom to help children in a literacy initiative to improve their reading skills.

Fifteen staff from the 200-year-old steelworks pledged one hour a week visiting pupils at Canklow Woods Primary School in Rotherham.

Over a course of five weeks Canklow Woods Primary School the volunteers spent time engaged in a one-to-one reading session with children aged between four and seven years, as part of the Business in the Community’s national Right to Read initiative which aims to improve reading levels across the country.

Graham Honeyman, chief executive at Forgemasters, said: “We are delighted to be involved in The Right to Read initiative and all 15 of us thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the children. 

“This program allows us to invest in the region’s education by not only by dedicating time but also to improve the literacy skills of children and in turn the future workforce of the UK.

“As a business Forgemasters is dedicated to giving back to the local community. We already have an established apprenticeship program which offers young people in this difficult economic climate the chance to establish a successful long term career in one of the most innovative industries in the world.”

Christine Gough, headteacher at Canklow Primary School, said: “Working with Sheffield Forgemasters’ volunteers is a brilliant opportunity for the children to share books with an adult on a one to one basis.  Learning to read is the most important skill children can learn. 

“As a school, we value links with companies like Sheffield Forgemasters, as it is important to develop strong collaborations with local businesses.  For the children to read with a range of adults from the world of work is vital for developing aspirations.

“Reading with adults helps children to become successful, confident and independent readers.  Making reading enjoyable provides an experience to develop interests in books and reading.”

The Inspire Rotherham Right to Read program aims to help increase the literacy skills of Rotherham children who suffer from one of the lowest levels of attainment in literacy in the UK.