Young people supporting young people with inspiring results

  • Do you want to raise the reading levels of your Key Stage 3 students? 
  • Do you want to give all of your KS3 students the ability to access the wider curriculum?
  • Do you have students who would benefit from one-to-one peer tutoring with their reading?
  • Are you looking for leadership opportunities for your older students? 
  • Are you interested in CPD training for your staff that will save them planning time and reduce their workload? 
  • 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 wider engagement across the curriculum by training older students to support younger ones for whom reading is a challenge. The Reading Leaders programme is designed to train, support and credit young people from Years 9 - 13 to help students at least two years younger than themselves improve their reading skills, attitude towards reading and reading confidence.

Reading Leaders is cost-effective and beneficial to both students taking part; the younger students benefit from enhanced reading skills while the older students benefit from a leadership programme that they can use to further their education or career.


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

Reading Partners (the younger students) will be tutored in fun and focussed one-to-one sessions delivered by your Reading Leaders (the older students). Reading Leaders will be trained by Coram Beanstalk expert trainers on the school premises in how to support their Reading Partners. You can learn more about the backgrounds of our trainers 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. 

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

What your students will receive

The Reading Partners: will have the opportunity to read on a regular basis in fun, varied sessions and benefit from personalised support from well-trained older students. 

They will see improvements in their: 

  • Reading skills - decoding, expression, pace, fluency and comprehension
  • Reading confidence
  • Ability to engage with a wider range of reading materials
  • Enthusiasm for reading
  • Engagement in the classroom
  • Vocabulary 
  • Enjoyment of reading

During the training day, the Reading Leaders 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 - we are an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for the Volunteering section of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award - great for CVs!


    Coram Beanstalk is a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Approved Activity Provider.


    The Reading Leaders programme costs £995 for up to 12 students. Additional students can participate for £85 per head. 

    All our Reading Leaders courses include two free CPD places for coordinating members of staff, a coordinator’s pack, and training notes. Students will also receive portfolios.

    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! 

    Find out about our other one-to-one reading support programmes

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