Primary School Reading Coaches

  • Brighton North Rotarians commenced the reading coaches program in 2012 and currently has a team of 12 reading coaches.
  • The program targets students identified by the school literacy coordinator as needing extra help with reading, particularly reading aloud.
  • The program may include students who are dyslexic, suffer from ADHD or those with English as a second language.
  • A recent addition to the program is the sponsorship of a story dog who also listens to the students read. Many students open up to these canine companions and look forward to pats and cuddles as part of their session.
  • It is a simple project, requires no budget, just volunteer time and a willingness to help young people with reading skills.
The program assists students to:
  • Read aloud.
  • Have conversations about the deeper meaning behind stories.
  • See reading as a lifelong joy.
General Approach
  • Rotary administers the program, selects & trains coaches.
  • Schools nominate a contact person, select and liaise with students, choose books for coaching sessions.
  • Coaching sessions: generally 1 hour per week/fortnight/Rotarian, held in a public area. Rotarians may share coaching time with the students over alternate weeks- if agreed with the school.
  • Rotary nominated coaches must comply with Rotary Policies for working with children including WWCC and Rotary Youth Volunteer Declaration.
Key Success Factors
  • Commitment of School Principals and nominated school contacts.
  • Open communication between Rotary and participating school.
  • Respecting confidentiality.
  • Promotion of Reading Coaches program in relevant school media.
  • Observing improved reading level of participating students.
  • Positive feedback from students and parents.
Refer Template available on District 9800 website: