IOP Publishing is a global scientific publisher specialising in the physical sciences. Employees were invited to support the Ablaze reading buddy scheme in 2011 as part of the company's corporate social responsibility policy.
Seven employees have committed to participate in the scheme for a second year, working with children aged 6-7 at Hannah More Primary School in St Philips, Bristol. The buddies visit the school once a week, supporting children with their reading practice. The children improve their skills and confidence during the 30 minute sessions, which above all are intended to be fun.
Kate Gardner, Physics World production editor at IOP who volunteers with Ablaze, says: "I really enjoy being a reading buddy. It's great to help a child learn to enjoy and look forward to reading. Reading is such a hugely important and rewarding skill to have."