Workers go back to class

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VOLUNTEERS from Sheffield Forgemasters headed back to the classroom to help children in an initiative to improve their reading skills.

Fifteen staff from the 200- year-old steelworks pledged one hour a week to pupils at Canklow Woods Primary School in Rotherham.

Over the course of five weeks the workers held one-to-one reading sessions with children aged between four and seven, as part of the Business in the Community’s national Right to Read initiative.

Forgemasters CEO Graham Honeyman said: “We are delighted to be involved in Right to Read and all 15 of us thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the children.

“We have an established apprenticeship programme which offers young people in this difficult economic climate the chance to establish a successful long- term career in one of the most innovative industries in the world.”

Canklow headteacher Christine Gough said: “Working with Forgemasters’ volunteers has been a brilliant opportunity for the children to share books with an adult on a one-to-one basis. Learning to read is the most important skill children can learn and as a school we value links with companies like Sheffield Forgemasters.”