Independent schools can now provide further support to children struggling with their reading skills, thanks to an exclusive partnership between Endsleigh Insurance Services and Bookmark Reading.
A literacy charity dedicated to helping primary school children develop the skills they need to succeed, Bookmark volunteers provide dedicated support to children to help them read to the expected standard. According to the charity, poor literacy can lead to limited job prospects, poor health, and low self-esteem. Low literacy levels cost the UK economy approximately £36 billion each year, and with more than one in four children in England unable to read well when leaving primary school, its work is of utmost importance.
Endsleigh’s partnership with the charity will see the insurance provider make a donation equal to 1% of any premium paid by an independent school, in respect of fees protection, pupils’ personal possessions and pupils’ personal accident, to the charity.
Every £10 donated to Bookmark will gift a child in the UK with dedicated reading support for a week. As the exclusive general insurance provider to partner with Bookmark, working with Endsleigh means independent schools can further their commitment and provide additional support to hundreds of children.
Will Brunwin, Head of Travel and Schools, said: “Supporting small charities and the education sector is extremely important to Endsleigh, and we are looking forward to partnering with Bookmark and watching it grow as a charity. The help it provides children, families and schools is invaluable and we hope our relationship will help continue this success story.”
Kitty Higgins, CEO of Bookmark, added: “We have ambitious plans to provide reading support to the children who need us – but can only achieve this with generous support from partners, volunteers, and donors. We are thrilled to have entered this partnership with Endsleigh, whose donations will allow us to help more children, in more communities.”
Endsleigh has anticipated that it will have helped more than 90 children with poor literacy to learn to read well within its first year of the partnership.
For more information, please visit www.endsleigheducation.co.uk/bookmark/