Beanstalk’s reading helpers use our Reading Records to demonstrate children’s progress under the following three outcomes:

  1. Children accelerate in their reading progress, narrowing the gap with their peers
  2. Children increase in confidence and attitudes to reading and wider learning
  3. Children increase their enjoyment of reading

Schools provide data on reading attainment, while reading helpers consider children’s levels against a variety of competency statements to demonstrate progress against reading, understanding, speaking, and confidence and enjoyment.

Our latest impact data shows the following results:

  • 82% of Key Stage 1 children who were classed as reading ‘Below’ age-related expectations when they began working with a Beanstalk reading helper moved up to ‘Working Towards’ (47%) or ‘At’ or 'Above’ (35%)

  • 57% of KS1 children who were classed as ‘Working Towards’ age-related expectations when they began working with a Beanstalk reading helper moved up to ‘At’ or ‘Above.’

  • The number of KS1 children able to predict what might happen next in a story without additional support increased from 27% at the beginning of the Beanstalk intervention to 61% at the end.

  • The number of KS1 children able to use their sounds to work out new words on their own increased from 28% to 67% during their time with their reading helper.

  • The number of KS1 children who could talk on their own about a range of books they have listened to and read including stories, poems and factual books increased from 8% to 34% - a 425% increase!

  • The percentage of children who were confident when choosing books and games during the session more than doubled – from 26% to 56%.

  • Children’s confidence and enjoyment also improved; the number of children requiring support in order to maintain a positive attitude throughout the reading session almost halved.

  • The impact on KS2 children was less pronounced but significant progress was made – especially in their breadth of reading and engagement in a wider range of genres.

View our Impact Report

He's made vast improvements in his reading, the biggest improvement being his interest in reading, his attitude towards it as well as becoming self motivated. Cliff Woods Primary School, Kent

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