Coram Beanstalk are the leading charity provider of one-to-one reading support in primary schools. We have worked with thousands of schools across the country since 1973, using our evidence-based reading for pleasure approach to help children switch onto reading, learn to read and become confident independent readers.

Coram Beanstalk diligently vets, trains and supports a large network of high quality 'reading helper' volunteers. They provide regular, outside the classroom, effective and safe support to children identified as needing the extra one-to-one time we know schools struggle to provide.

For as little as £3.75 per individual session, we enable children to grow a love for reading - in turn improving attainment across the curriculum, confidence and wellbeing. Over the past 50 years, we have developed our expertise in making this happen.

This is arguably, best evidenced by the feedback from our current training programme for new volunteers.

The training changed my perception of what Coram Beanstalk was all about: from being a reading 'teacher' for children, to being there to encourage a child's love of reading and confidence with books. The training was enlightening, enjoyable and very helpful. All in all, it was a very impressive training course and the course leader was excellent.

Nick Redman, new reading helper trainee (Sept 2020)

Our dedicated volunteers sit within a wider range of benefits that partnering with Coram Beanstalk offers, from book packs to training, resources and help for parents; we provide a whole school community approach to nurturing children and increasing attainment through reading for pleasure.

But don't just take our word for it...

Gladys has worked tirelessly with 3 of our children who were essentially non-readers. Over the term, she has developed a rapport with these children and this has contributed to a positive working relationship being created between them all. The children's reading skills have improved significantly and the children are now enjoying all aspects of school more. It is the one intervention I would not be without. 
Ian McDermottHead Teacher Sacred Heart RC Primary School 

We also have a range of resources you can share with your parents, including films like our myth-busting guide to how best to help children with their reading at home which you can find here along with other 'reading tips for parents' in our reading resources menu. 

For further information, please check out these downloadable information sheets which you can print off and share with your staff.

How we work with you to raise reading attainment

Our one-to-one support

Or, to register your interest in becoming a Coram Beanstalk partner school and to find out more about our membership offers, please complete the enquiry form below.