Thank you for becoming the Coram Beanstalk key contact! 

On this page you'll find everything you need to know about Coram Beanstalk working in your school along with some helpful resources you can download to help.

We are really excited that our trained reading helpers will be supporting some of the children in your school and we really appreciate your support in helping the sessions run smoothly.

What do we need your help with?

  • Please ensure the Partnership Agreement has been signed by the Head Teacher or School Business
    Manager.
  • Keep your contact details up to date – please let us know if you or the Head Teacher are moving on from
    the school, or if there is a change to who is the Coram Beanstalk key contact.
  • Respond as promptly as possible to our requests for information.
  • Arranging dates for introductory meetings as soon as possible when we have a new trained reading
    helper for your school – this gets reading helpers into your school sooner!
  • Attending our annual service review meeting to ensure expectations are being met.
  • Completing our annual impact survey to help us measure the impact of our service.

How can you make the best use of our service?

  • Be an ambassador for Coram Beanstalk in your school by introducing the service to the wider staff team, so
    that all staff are aware of the role of our reading helpers and are encouraged to share our awareness-raising
    messages.
  • Ensure reading helpers are only asked to work with children in a way that follows our approach.
  • Select children who will engage with the programme – see additional information on how to do this.
  • Celebrate your reading helpers in school and take time to thank them for their commitment to the children.
  • Contact us quickly if you have any questions or concerns regarding reading helpers or our service.

Download a poster for the staff room or school office

Guidance for choosing the right children

How can you support the reading helpers in school?

  • Provide all reading helpers with an appropriate space to hold their 1-1 sessions and an area to store their
    books which can be easily accessed.
  • Show reading helpers where they can find books in school to supplement our book pack with other
    non-reading scheme titles.
  • Share your contact details with reading helpers for them to keep you up to date.
  • Brief all office staff so they know who the reading helpers are and which days they will be in school.
  • Arrange a meeting (in person or over the phone) at least each half term with your reading helpers to ensure
    they feel valued and can share updates on the children they are supporting.
  • Let reading helpers know about any school events taking place which might affect their sessions.

Download a calendar of suggested termly activities


For any help, please email: [email protected]