Young people supporting young people with inspiring results

  • Are you looking for a cost-effective way to support Key Stage 3 students struggling with their reading to ensure they are ready for English GCSE?
  • Do you have students who might benefit from one-to-one peer support from well-trained older students?
  • Do you want to provide leadership opportunities to older students to support higher education and employment applications?
  • Coram Beanstalk’s Reading Leaders is the solution you’re looking for!

Our Reading Leaders programme is a great way of improving literacy attainment and school cohesion by training older pupils to support younger ones for whom reading is a challenge. 

High impact for low cost. - The Sutton Trust

Older pupils are natural role models for younger ones and young people often find communicating with peers a lot easier.

We train pupils to be Reading Leaders in secondary schools. Training takes place over the course of a normal school day. During the training day, the Reading Leader will:

  • Consider what makes a good reader
  • Discuss which strategies need to be in place in order to be able to read well
  • Learn how to ask questions to check reading for meaning
  • Explore resources and discover which will be most effective when supporting a struggling and/or reluctant reader.

Your trained Reading Leaders will be empowered to:

  • Demonstrate their initiative and organisational skills
  • Demonstrate their ability to take on a role of responsibility
  • Act as a positive role model and inspirational member of your school community
  • Become a volunteer – perfect for Duke of Edinburgh awards

The students they support (their Reading Partners) will:

  • Benefit from personalised support from well-trained older students
  • See improvements in their
    • reading skills
    • confidence and self-esteem
    • decoding skills, expression, fluency and comprehension
    • engagement in the classroom
    • enthusiasm for reading
  • Engage with a wider range of reading materials
  • Extend their vocabulary
  • Develop a love of reading
  • Get the opportunity to read on a regular basis in fun, varied sessions.


  • Reading Leaders Training for secondary schools costs £85 per head (minimum course cost £995).

All our Reading Leaders courses include a free place for a coordinating member of staff (perfect for CPD), a co-ordinator’s pack and training notes. 

I have enjoyed today! I feel confident and excited to start these sessions and help another student with their reading. - Secondary Reading Leader, Appleton Academy Bradford

If you'd like to speak to us about having Coram Beanstalk Reading Leaders in your school, then fill in the form below and we'll get in touch with you!