Tackling educational disadvantage has never been more important.

Did you know that one in five children can't read well by the time they leave primary school?


For more than 20 years, education charity Quest for Learning has worked in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Oxfordshire to help children who are struggling to keep up in class. This year, we will once again be working as an official partner in the Government's National Tutoring Programme, delivering our proven literacy programmes, as well as working with partner schools in both literacy and maths. 


Our work is needed now more than ever. In February 2019,  Oxfordshire County Council highlighted the fact that the attainment gap between children eligible for free school meals and their peers is widening in Oxfordshire despite decreasing nationally. This has only been made worse by disrupted schooling due to the pandemic, with multiple studies suggesting that disadvantaged pupils, with less access to remote learning, have suffered the most. Simply put, children from the poorest families in Oxfordshire are being left further behind their school friends than elsewhere in the country.


We don't think that's OK. 


With our ReadingQuest and BookQuest literacy programmes...
...we can help these children catch up with their peers, making on average:
11 months progress in reading
17 months progress in reading comprehension
And 86% of children felt confident or super-confident about reading after taking part in ReadingQuest or BookQuest

Freya has really grown in confidence when reading since taking part in BookQuest. She now enjoys reading rather than finding it a chore. 


- Parent

Using our NumSkills numeracy games and resources...
...we can change the way children feel about maths whilst boosting confidence with numbers:
87% of children felt confident or super-confident about Maths after taking part in Numskills
Teachers felt that 77% of children would achieve higher assessment results after taking part in NumSkills

My son was able to improve maths learning with NS sessions. Doing maths in this way allows him to learn while having fun…it is a very good learning model.


- Parent

By offering affordable, relevant CPD training for primary teachers...
...we can help all schools access the best and latest thinking and approaches in primary education:
Regular online courses covering key topics in English and Maths for teachers, TAs and subject leads
>95% of delegates believe courses represent good or excellent value for money
A dedicated programme of workshops focusing on Moderation and Assessment at the end of KS1 and KS2

The course gave me lots of ideas that I can realistically take back into the classroom straightaway.


 - Delegate