Beanstalk’s one-to-one literacy support is proven to help improve the reading attainment, self-confidence and enjoyment of reading of children who are struggling or reluctant readers.

In the last school year we helped over 11,000 children across England in almost 1,400 schools through the help of nearly 3,100 reading helpers.


Our aim is to ensure that every child we support has the skills and confidence to reach their true potential and shape their own lives. 


In March 2016 we published our Year in Review 2014-15 which provides an overview of everything we achieved and the impact we had on the children we support:

  • 98% of schools agreed that Beanstalk trained reading helpers helped children improve their attitude to reading.
  • 94% of schools agreed that Beanstalk trained reading helpers helped children increase their enjoyment of reading.
  • 94% of schools agreed that Beanstalk reading helpers helped enrich the learning of the children they supported.
  • 97% of schools would recommend Beanstalk’s service to others.

The impact our support has is not limited to the children we support, as Beanstalk trained reading helpers also benefit from the one-to-one literacy support. Our latest volunteer survey showed that: 

  • 85% felt their Beanstalk volunteering made them feel valued. 
  • 88% felt proud to be a Beanstalk reading helper.
  • 90% would recommend becoming a Beanstalk reading helper to a friend.