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QFL launches QUEST 5000!

Did you ever have extra help with literacy from Reading Quest?
Wednesday, June 20, 2018


This summer, we are delighted to launch Quest 5000 – an exciting new campaign to trace some of the 5000 young people we have helped with literacy since Quest for Learning (formerly Reading Quest) started 22 years ago!

Quest for Learning is a charity which believes that learning to read well is the right of every child, and that without this essential skill, children’s life chances can be destroyed.  For the past two decades, Quest tutors have provided specially developed programmes to support pupils in primary schools. During highly personalised sessions, working one-to-one or in very small groups, the tutors aim to create for every child the possibility of their very own “light bulb moment”, where the world of words suddenly opens a door to learning and pleasure. The results are impressive, boosting not only reading, comprehension and spelling levels (by up to three years in just six weeks), but also, crucially, the children’s confidence across the curriculum.

Director Jayne Lacny explains:

“We know that our work in schools has always made a world of difference to children who needed that extra help at a key point in their development. Poor literacy is not about low intelligence. It is a skill which needs to be learnt, but there are often a whole array of barriers to that learning – low confidence, English as an additional language, low literacy levels at home - which we can help a child overcome.

“What we would love to find out is if the help we gave those children all those years ago has made a difference in secondary school or in the world of work beyond. The children who first benefitted from the scheme will be well into their twenties now, and we would love to hear from them!.”

In addition to providing literacy interventions, we also support children in numeracy with our innovative Numskills and Numskills Money resources.

Were you lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and had help from a Reading Quest tutor? Did your child have help? We would love to hear from you! Find out how to get in touch here. 

At the same time, we are launching a fundraising campaign to help the next 5,000 children. Our aim is to raise £50,000. Donations can be made here.

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