Welcome to Reading Quest

How we empower teaching assistants to support maths in the classroom
How we help raise literacy in young people
Find out how we empower teaching professionals to support literacy in the classroom


Celebrating our success!

We are delighted to say that our East Oxford Children and Parents Learning Project sponsored by The Big Lottery has finished with an astonishing 750 children from 7 different schools being taught over a 5-year period. Our average gains remained at an amazing 15 months in reading and 9 months in spelling. This was achieved with courses running for just 6 weeks and our Reading Quest tutors working one-to-one with children aged 6 or 7 in Year 2.

Big Lottery Funding Officer, Lynn Stoddart, said, ”Brilliant project, brilliant results.  Please pass on my regards to everyone who has worked on the project and helped to make it such a great success.”

We are also very pleased with the initial results from our mental maths initiative, Numskills, which is being piloted in 7 schools across Oxford. Plus, our literacy innovation at Key Stage Two, BookQuest, is going from strength to strength with a training course being launched in the autumn.

See the news page for details of all our exciting work.


Our literacy work

Throughout the UK, there are thousands of children struggling to get to grips with reading and writing. They face years of frustration in the classroom and run the risk of becoming turned off by education.

Staggeringly, around 1 in 3 children don’t reach expected levels of literacy by aged 11 in disadvantaged areas, and the future life chances of these youngsters look bleak unless help is at hand.

Reading Quest dedicates itself to reaching out to these young people to give them the opportunity to catch up with their peers, enjoy attainment in the classroom and have aspirations for the future.

Since our charity was launched more than 17 years ago, we have trained thousands of teachers and teaching assistants to use our programme in Oxfordshire, where we are based, as well as in other parts of the country, such as Bristol, the West Midlands and London. We have created special relationships with schools and work in partnership with them in order to raise attainment.

Our aim is to give every child an equal chance through reading to think, write and enjoy learning.

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Our numeracy work

A child’s life chances are also hugely dependent on learning basic maths. Children who struggle with numeracy are twice as likely to be excluded from school, and later in life adults with poor numeracy are twice as likely to be unemployed.

Two-thirds of young people in custody have numeracy levels at or below the level expected of an 11-year-old. There are schools throughout the UK in which only half of pupils reach the expected standards of numeracy.

Our commitment to supporting children also extends into the area of numeracy and we have launched some exciting numeracy initiatives, which include workshops to help teaching assistants feel more confident supporting pupils with their maths.

Plus, we also run seminars for maths teaching specialists who want to improve their skills.
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  • I would encourage parents to give it a go. It was lovely seeing my son smile when he read a word that he couldn’t before. It also helped me to know ways to teach him effectively at home.