There are many reasons why you should become a Beanstalk reading helper:
You’ll make a lasting difference to a child’s life
Reading is essential in today's world. Unfortunately many children struggle to learn to read for all sorts of reasons - 1 in 8 children in England left primary school last year behind in their reading.
By becoming a Beanstalk reading helper, you’ll give a child the one-to-one attention they need to build their confidence and help them catch up with their reading. You’ll give them a chance to learn at their own pace and adapt the sessions to suit them.
Beanstalk reading sessions are relaxed and fun and by working together you can help give a child the vital skills they need to read, grow, succeed.
Seeing the progress the children make and knowing you’re making a difference is highly rewarding. This is what some of our reading helpers said when we asked what they valued the most:
seeing the children improve and develop and be able to read. Incredibly exciting.
seeing the children's faces light up when I get to the classroom door.
seeing my original group of readers move on to secondary school
as confident readers
seeing children develop and blossom
seeing the children I help improve in their reading and overall confidence
when I am told by school staff that my visits have had a positive impact
on some of the children
seeing the children mature and progress into improved readers.
seeing the children become more confident in their reading and more
confident in general.
helping "Looked After" children who have shown improvement when receiving
the attention they have not received elsewhere.
enjoyment of working with the children and seeing the progress that some
have made in both reading and self-esteem.
A recent survey or Beanstalk reading helpers1 showed that:
95% said becoming a Beanstalk reading helper had met their expectations
95% said they felt like they made a difference to the children they support
97% would recommend Beanstalk to a friend
(1 Survey conducted May 2012, 150 responses)
You’ll give something back to your local community
As you’ll be working in a local primary school, supporting children near you, you’ll get to use your skills and experience to help give something back to your local community. Being a Beanstalk reading helper is a great way to get involved.
You’ll develop new skills and make new friends
Becoming a Beanstalk reading helper is a great way to develop your communication skills and knowledge of the education sector. Your local branch will be there to support you along the way, providing further development training in areas like dyslexia awareness and phonics.
You’ll also make new friends – your local branch will organise:
regular book swaps
You’ll have fun
Beanstalk reading helpers are encouraged to make their sessions fun to help build the child’s confidence. You won’t just read together, you’ll get to play games and boost their self-esteem.
If you are interested, find out what's involved and then apply to become a Beanstalk reading helper today!