Sheffield secondary schools are being signed up for a pioneering literacy project being run in conjunction between Sheffield University and the council.
The Literary Exchange and Achievement Programme – LEAP – will seek to boost reading skills among pupils needing help to progress to further education or employment.
Groups of youngsters will be partnered with English and education undergraduates to improve their reading comprehension abilities in particular.
From this term the undergraduates and pupils will work together using internationally recognised methods to improve literacy.
Project officer Matt Colbeck said: “The pupils taking part in this project will get a unique opportunity to work with university student mentors to help them improve their literacy.”
Vicki Ransome, assistant headteacher at Ecclesfield School, said: “Improvement of literacy at all key stages is a huge priority for schools, so this project will not only help support this but will also grant undergraduate students experience of mentoring within a classroom environment.”