The primary schools we work with find that Beanstalk’s support makes a lasting difference to children’s lives.
In the last academic year (2011-2012) we helped over 7,300 children across England in over 1,100 schools through the help of over almost 2,400 reading helpers.
To demonstrate the effectiveness of our service, we monitor both attainment and attitudinal outcomes for the children we work with.
To measure attainment outcomes, we ask the schools we work with to capture information on the reading levels of the children that we support. The Government target is to improve by 2 reading sub-levels a year. On average, the year before they were supported by a Beanstalk reading helper the children we work with had shown minimal or no progress. After three terms of working with a Beanstalk reading helper, the children we support had improved by approximately 2 reading sub-levels on average.1 This shows the impact our support can have on a child’s reading.
To measure attitudinal outcomes, in 2012 we introduced a new survey that we undertake with a sample of the children we support at the start of our intervention and again at the end, to see how their attitude to reading and to learning has changed. Further information will be available late 2013.
Do you have pupils who are struggling with their reading? Contact your local Beanstalk branch to see how we can help.
(1 Based on information captured by schools on a sample of the children we work with in November 2012)