It was recently discussed by the Secretary of State for Education that by the time children leave primary school 1 in 5 are still unable to read well enough to do well in secondary school. As quoted by Nicky Morgan
This is an issue that is becoming more prevalent in all areas of the UK and ASKAMS decided to approach primary schools where our regional offices are based; offering book donations.
Everyone at ASKAMS can remember going to the school library and finding books held together with sellotape, pages yellowed with age and torn front covers; not the most appealing things to pick up and read. By providing several schools with new books for their students we hope that it will encourage and motivate the children to delve into a world where their imagination can take charge whilst improving their verbal skills, focus, concentration and preparing them for the future.
Our newest office in the South East chose Horsted Primary School to receive a donation; Laura Packman the schools literacy co-ordinator provided guidance on what books would be of the most benefit to the school and is quoted as saying:
“Horsted School would like to say a very big thank you to ASKAMS Compliance, newly opened office in Chatham, for the lovely book donation they have made to our library. We greatly appreciate their generosity and help in supporting the children in our establishment and look forward to working with them in the future.”
All of our regional offices were involved and we asked the staff who actually work and live there to suggest the schools. Garnteg Primary in Pontypool, St Joseph’s RC Primary in West Lothian and Stobhill Gate Primary in Morpeth were suggested for this year’s donation and have all received their new books.