ARCh – Assisted Reading for Children

Inspiring children to read

Celebrating 15 years inspiring a love of reading in Oxfordshire children, enhancing their well-being and improving life chances

Who we are: Assisted Reading for Children (ARCh) helps pupils in Oxfordshire who struggle with their reading. We send trained volunteers into primary schools and aim to inspire in the children we see a love of reading. This will enhance their lives and improve their life chances.

Why we are needed: Oxfordshire has more than 16,000 children living in poverty; twelve of its wards are listed in the top 20% most disadvantaged nationally. Around 20% of children leave primary school with a reading level below expected and this has worsened following the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis. In some areas of disadvantage this figure can be as high as 60%. This has an impact on children’s ability to learn across all subjects and severely affects their confidence.

How do we know it works: the schools we work with report dramatic improvements in reading ability and interest, comprehension, self-esteem, communication skills, and general attitude to school and learning.

Staff Vacancies

Interested in helping children develop a love of reading?

Field Worker for Bicester and Thame area

We are looking for someone with good organisational and communication skills to join our team to support our volunteers. A position has become available 10 hours per week (term time only and spread throughout the week). 

The role is home based but involves visiting volunteers in local schools.

Salary according to experience

(own car essential - travel expenses paid & home computer required)

Please email for information

Vacancies subject to enhanced DBS check and references, as part of our commitment to safeguarding children.

The Queens Award for Voluntary Service