Health and Social Care students at Huddersfield New College recently completed a ‘Reading Leaders’ course with the national charity Beanstalk. This will help them to support young children become more confident readers and inspire a lifelong love of reading. 

Beanstalk is a national charity that trains volunteers to become reading helpers. The one day course saw Health and Social Care students developing the skills they will need to help children with reading difficulties with the group also taking part in some practical activities that they can use with children to help them become stronger, more confident readers. 

Following this, some of the group are going to work towards their Level 2 accreditation to further enhance their skills. Our students already grow their skills and experiences through a range of work placements where they work with children, with many of them also undertaking voluntary roles too.

Katie Griffiths, Teacher of Health and Social Care comments: “Our students often progress to roles working directly with young children, and understand the crucial importance of developing a love of reading in children from a young age. This interactive training was fantastic, helping our students to not only understand how they can support children to become stronger, more confident readers but also giving them a range of practical strategies they can use to help engage those they are working with. As a nationally recognised course, this experience has also enhanced the career prospects of our students. I would like to thank our trainer Lorraine Dowson for a brilliant session, and I look forward to hearing more from our students about how the strategies and techniques they have learnt are helping them to support the children they work with on placement.”