Children's Literacy Tutors

BOOST needs volunteers in Mid Canterbury Schools. The Boost programme is run in 20 schools in Ashburton, Methven and the Foothills with 200 students and 50 volunteer tutors. This is a locally funded child literacy initiative, which has been set up to support and improve the literacy success rates for our children. It is aimed at children 7 to 9 years old who need a BOOST to achieve in literacy.
 The programme runs for 30 weeks (March to November)
 2 hours of tuition twice a week, 2 children per tutor during tuition, (each tutor has 4 students so they have two students then the next 2)
 Tuition is at the school, in the morning
 BOOST is a 30 week programme during school terms and full training is given
 As volunteers if you need time away we work it out
 The BOOST programme complements the school programme
 Information about the ‘Steps’ approach can be viewed at
 BOOST supply all of the materials required (laptops, workbooks, resources)
 BOOST is free to the school and the child

Anecdotal comments from teachers include the following_
• My children are now close to achieving, due to Boost.
• Very good for children with ‘dyslexia’
• Children loving it. Can’t wait to go to their lessons.
• Lovely relationship has developed between tutor and child. Especially nice for these particular children to have someone special to relate to.
• Children are more confident to have a go and take part in class activities.

If you think you could be a tutor for BOOST we would love to have you. We do a police check and full training in February. If you have a friend, we can do a job share where each person does one morning each.


Ability to work with children, patience and understanding, real-life literacy skills, willingness to learn

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment:

2 hours twice a week or job share 2 hours once a week with a friend

Getting started:
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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