3.1 What are the benefits to older students?

For older students it can be a struggle to build the skills they need to progress in their future education or career. The Reading Leaders programme begins with "adult style" training to empower students to take ownership of the delivery of sessions for a younger peer. Often, for the first time, they step into a responsible position with someone looking up to them. They build career readiness skills, gaining a confidence boost as well as evidence to take forward into their next stage. 

3.2 Can the Reading Leaders programme be used for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme?

Coram Beanstalk Reading Leaders is recognised as an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) by the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and participation in the programme can be used towards the Bronzevolunteers section of the award. 

If you would like to volunteer with Coram Beanstalk for your Duke of Edinburgh award, please note that we are only able to offer this through your school's involvement in our Reading Leaders programme.  

3.2 What are the benefits to younger students?

For younger pupils, struggling with reading can make secondary school feel daunting. Having someone they look up to from an older year group can give them the motivation to engage with reading, ultimately improving their reading skills and confidence. Younger pupils meet with their older mentor for regular one to one sessions. The pressure of reading is lifted as they share books together and chat about what they have read.