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Nearly three-quarters of teachers believe that volunteers are crucial in the fight against poor literacy, according to a new report.

Research from the national volunteering charity TimeBank and the reading charity, Volunteer Reading Help (VRH) found that two-thirds of teachers believed that an adult helper was more valuable than new books, special reading software or after-school support.

More than nine out of ten of the 500 teachers asked said that a love of reading and books was the key factor in developing literacy skills.

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