4 August 2014
Principality helps Llanishen pupils improve their reading
Children at a school in Llanishen have been improving their reading thanks to help from Principality Building Society.
Employees from Principality’s head office in Cardiff and Llanishen branch have been taking part in “Better readers,” a project with Llanishen High School to help pupils that need support with their literacy.
Wales’ largest building society held an end of year celebration at the school for pupils with a reading session from storyteller Michael Harvey, a chance to hear about his career and a presentation to the pupils.
Sue Richards, Principality’s Llanishen branch manager, said: “We are proud to be at the heart of our communities and want to get schools and businesses working closer together to help our young people’s development.
“Our employees go into Llanishen High School once a week to take part in the reading project, which assist in helping pupils move towards their chronological reading age. Many of the pupils have not yet reached this level and without this important skill they are less likely to be able to succeed in gaining qualifications to support them when they join the world of work.
“We hope our input benefits the pupils and helps them to gain in both literacy levels and confidence.”
Marissa Early, literacy co-ordinator at Llanishen high School said: "The support from Principality staff has been invaluable. Not only have they helped pupils to progress academically but also with their confidence and self-esteem. The consistent dedication of reading partners coming into Llanishen High School each week, in their own time, allows us to match pupils accordingly with someone we feel will be able to make them feel comfortable and confident. The relationships formed really do go beyond reading support.
“This is the second year the programme has run and it is ever evolving, we look forward to the start of our third year in partnership with the Principality in September."