Closing the attainment gap by providing all learners with access to reading...

Once upon a time there was an English teacher called Hannah.

Hannah taught in secondary schools and complex needs schools. She thought no one could match her love for reading, but then she met James. He slept with an encyclopaedia under his pillow as an 8-year-old!

Hannah felt anxious and exasperated by the rapidly declining levels of reading in children. James suggested doing something about it. And Reading Mate’s story began.

Being better everyday, for every child’s tomorrow

Access to reading opens the door to unlimited possibilities. It allows children to explore their capabilities, form thoughts of their own and grow into well-rounded individuals.

child reading on a tablet sat next to their dog

Open hearts

Reading helps children grow their understanding of people and the world. It fosters creativity, acceptance of others and openness to new experiences.

We’re dedicated to opening doors. We bring teachers, learners and parents together to share the joy of reading.

Feed curiosity

Reading expands children’s minds and sparks their imaginations. It’s a virtuous cycle - the more they read, the more they want to learn.

We’ll make inspiring books accessible to all. We’re always hungry for knowledge to better ourselves and society.

Brave the unknown

Being better at reading makes learning much easier across all subjects. It provides the confidence every learner needs to take on the world.

We challenge ourselves and the status quo. We’re not afraid to stand up for the interests of every child.

Together, we are committed to closing the attainment gap between
learners of all backgrounds.

James Rix BSc, MAST – Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder

James has a wealth of business experience having started his career at Deloitte, before moving to an early-stage tech company. James enjoyed several years working within the fast-paced and ever-growing company. This included VC investment before a buyout.

Hannah Rix BA, PGCE – Head of Education/Co-Founder

Hannah studied English Literature at university and went on to complete a Secondary English PGCE. Hannah has over 9 years’ experience teaching English in secondary schools as well as being Literacy Lead in a SEND school. This experience led to co-founding Readingmate Ltd and has since written for ADDitude, Teach Primary, Teach Secondary and Teach Reading and Writing.

Vikas Upadhyay – Chief Technology Officer

Vikas has been developing websites and web/mobile applications for 10+ years. Vikas has shown proficiency at leading teams of developers to complete non-trivial, mission-critical objectives, as well as providing client consultation for high-level strategic and architectural project decisions. Vikas developed mobile and web applications at all stages of the product life-cycle for all over global clients.

Laura Tusting MSci – Head of Marketing

Laura joined the company in January 2022. She holds an MSci in Biochemistry from UEA and, during this time, developed content for social media and a newsletter, which inspired her love of marketing. She enjoys channelling this creative outlet to give all children the opportunity to lose themselves in books, just as she did as a child. Favourite children’s book: The Wind in The Willows

Ruby Fitzgerald BA, MA – Education Resourcer

Ruby studied American and English Literature at University, before going on to complete a Masters in American Studies, with a focus in her Thesis on the power of storytelling. Prior to joining Reading Mate in August 2022, Ruby worked at an SEMH specialist school where she supported children in both their educational and social development, and worked closely with parents to best support children across school and home environments. As an Education Resourcer, Ruby aims to help schools to inspire children to have the same positive experiences of getting lost in stories that she had as a child.