Young people supporting young people with inspiring results

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.

There are many benefits for both the Reading Leader and the younger child they are supporting:

  • Improved reading and communication skills
  • Raised confidence and self-esteem
  • Better engagement at school

We train pupils to be Reading Leaders in both primary and secondary schools. For those aged 14 and over, a Level Two Certa UK accreditation is available, which will enhance any CV or UCAS application.

Training takes place over the course of a normal school day. The content of the course will cover;

  • Understanding how it feels as a struggling reader
  • Diagnosing reading difficulties
  • Ways to motivate and improve reading skills
  • How to plan reading sessions and select appropriate resources


  • Reading Leaders Accredited Training for secondary schools costs £85 per head, minimum course cost £995.
  • Reading Leaders Training for primary and junior schools costs £45 per head, minimum course cost £750.
  • Travel costs may be incurred depending on location.

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 and portfolios. 

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 Beanstalk Reading Leaders in your school, then fill in the form below and we'll get in touch with you!