We have over 40 years' experience of recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to provide consistent one-to-one support to struggling readers. Our programmes support children and young people in their early years, at primary school and into secondary school.

Our approach is based on evidence about what works best for engaging struggling and reluctant readers. It is cost-effective and can aid your reading improvement plans

  • We partner with all our education settings to understand the support each child needs to succeed with their reading. 
  • Each Beanstalk reading helper receives full training and on-going support
  • Our reading helpers create an unpressured environment, taking the time to get to know each child. 
  • We provide robust impact data showing children's progress. 
  • We take care of all DBS checks
  • We provide Beanstalk Reading 321 volunteers in new schools with a range of brilliant children's books for use in their sessions, which the school can keep.

Our most recent schools survey shows:

  • 97% said that Beanstalk’s service saved their staff’s valuable time
  • 96% would recommend Beanstalk to other schools
  • 94% said reading helpers enabled them to offer one-to-one support to children that would be difficult to provide otherwise
  • 97% said reading helpers helped improve children’s attitude to reading
  • 99% said reading helpers helped children to increase their confidence
  • 98% said reading helpers helped children to increase their enjoyment in reading

Beanstalk offers reading support in a way that introduces a magic around books to children who might have previously seen them as something difficult to access and introduces to the phonics-entangled child an understanding of the real magic of reading. Mary Cooper, Head of Bushey & Oxhey Infant School 

Beanstalk has proved invaluable to our school. Our reading helper is highly skilled, knowledgeable, caring, and the children look forward to her sessions. We have seen a huge improvement in the children's attitude to books as well as a noticeable reading improvement. Kayleigh Phillips, KS1 Leader, Davenham CoE Primary School 

Discover the difference we can make to your pupils or find out more about the different reading support programmes we offer!