Coram Beanstalk's training for reading helpers is perfect for schools that want to inspire their pupils to read for pleasure whilst implementing a 'whole-school' reading approach.

What is Coram Beanstalk's reading helper training? 

This three-hour course is delivered on site by a professional Coram Beanstalk trainer to a selected group of volunteers from the school community, or foster carers. Participants will receive inspiring training on how to run one-to-one sessions with children in Years 5 to 7 focusing on reading for meaning and pleasure, allowing children that may have become disillusioned with reading to rediscover their interest in a relaxed and fun way.

As part of the training package you will receive:

  • Online promotional materials and templates to attract the right people to the training course
  • High-quality, evidence-based interactive training delivered by a skilled trainer
  • Reference materials to share via email that summarise and reinforce content delivered on the day

Who is this course designed for? 

This short course is designed for:

  • Primary schools with volunteers that help Years 5 to 7 children with their reading - parents, carers or other members of the community
  • Virtual schools or fostering agencies looking to train foster carers who are supporting children in Years 5 to 7 
  • Independent schools who wish to train their older students to provide reading support to children in Years 5 to 7 in local state primary schools to demonstrate their charitable benefit
  • Businesses who provide volunteers to local primary schools to help children in Years 5 to 7 with their reading

Attendees will go away feeling inspired and able to have a greater impact on the children they are helping.

Course learning outcomes 

Participants of the course will learn how to:

  • Have relevant and purposeful book-based conversations with a young person
  • Read aloud appropriately to older children
  • Motivate and support older children to feel more positive about reading
  • Check and deepen comprehension
  • Have fun with books in a way that enriches and enhances a child's learning how to build reading range and stamina

The course is designed to take away any worries about supporting the 'teaching' of reading and leave people free to share the joy of brilliant books with children. Once your reading volunteers have received the training, they will be equipped to support children within your school to read for pleasure and grow a love of reading.

Course content

The course covers:

  • Creating the right relationship - considering what being ‘a reader’ is, what ‘rights every reader has’ and how a young person may be feeling as you begin
  • Bringing books to a young person - how to read aloud appropriately, make the right reading choices and use pictures effectively
  • Sharing books with a young person - how to recognise when they are ready to join in and create and capitalise on moments for purposeful book-based talk
  • Supporting the young person as they read - how to make the experience both manageable and positive as a young person reads to you

Our parent reading helper training works best for schools that can source between 12-20 parents or people within their community who are capable, confident and understand the need for reading for pleasure.

The course costs £1,500 for a group size of up to 20 individuals.

Why choose Coram Beanstalk? 

We are an award-winning national reading charity with over 45 years' experience in training volunteers to help children aged 3-13 to improve their reading skills. 74% of children showed an improvement in their reading ability after working with a reading helper we trained.

For more information, simply fill in the form below, email [email protected] or call 020 7729 4087.