Young people supporting young people with inspiring results

Transition to secondary education can be challenging enough, but students who lack the skills, confidence or motivation to read effectively find the whole curriculum harder to access and can struggle to achieve their potential.

Reading Leaders is a ready-made peer tutoring programme that enables older students to ‘break through’ to key stage 3 students who cannot or do not read at the expected level; it is a great way of improving whole school reading attainment and engagement

Reading Leaders, students from Years 9 – 13, are trained and supported to help students at least two years younger than themselves improve their reading skills, attitude towards reading and reading confidence.

Reading Leaders is a cost-effective whole-school approach to increasing reading engagement and attainment and beneficial to both the younger students who receive evidence-based support and encouragement and the older students who are credited under a leadership programme that they can use to further their education or career.


This really helped me feel comfortable helping others with their reading
Reading Leader, Burton Borough School, Newport, Shropshire

    Reading Leaders training covers how to support Reading Partners (the younger students) by expert Coram Beanstalk trainers (learn more about them here). 

    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 Bronze volunteers 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. 

    The training includes two free CPD places for the nominated staff members who will be responsible for coordinating the programme, enhancing their knowledge of the programme and saving them planning time.

    What your students will receive

    Reading Partners: will have the opportunity to experience positive reading experiences on a regular basis and benefit from personalised support from well-trained older students. 

    You will see improvements in their: motivation to read, reading skills, engagement with a wider range of reading materials, enjoyment of reading, confidence, self-esteem and engagement in the classroom.

    Reading Leaders: will be empowered to demonstrate their initiative and organisational skills, their ability and commitment in a responsible volunteer role, and their capacity to act as a positive role model and inspirational member of a community.


    The Reading Leaders programme costs £995 for up to 12 students for in person delivery (if available) or £600 for online delivery. Both sessions are led by one of our trainers, are interactive and include course materials.

    All our Reading Leaders courses include two free CPD places for coordinating members of staff and a coordinator’s pack.

    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!