Young people supporting young people with inspiring results

  • Are you looking for accredited leadership opportunities for your older students?
  • Do you want to support your lower reading ability Key Stage 3 students and help stop the drop in reading levels?
  • Do you have students who would benefit from one-to-one peer tutoring with their reading?
  • 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 students to support younger ones for whom reading is a challenge. Reading Leaders is an accredited peer tutoring leadership programme that enables older students to work one-to-one with younger students to improve their reading skills, attitude towards reading and 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 Leaders (the older students) participate in a leadership programme that is recognised by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and CERTA. As part of the programme they will be trained by Coram Beanstalk expert trainers on the school premises on how to support their Reading Partners (the younger students) in reading. The training includes two free CPD places for the nominated staff members who will be responsible for coordinating the programme.

Reading Leaders are recommended to be at least two years older than their Reading Partners but can be from the Year group(s) that your school chooses.

What your students will receive

During the training day, the Reading Leader (the older student) 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!

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.


Coram Beanstalk is a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Approved Activity Provider and a Recognised CERTA Centre.


  • The Reading Leaders programme costs £995 for up to 12 students. Additional students can participate for £85 per head.
  • If you would like your students to receive individual accreditation by CERTA the fee is an additional £35 per student to cover costs of accreditation.

All our Reading Leaders courses include two free CPD places for coordinating members of staff, a co-ordinator’s pack, and training notes. Students undertaking individual accreditation 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! 

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