About us Why we're needed We believe that life is better when every one can read and express themselves with confidence. Sadly, last year over 63,000 children left primary school unable to read the expected level. Low levels of literacy are a persistent national problem. With long-term damage on those affected. 11% of children left primary school laast year unable to read to the required level 70% of pupils permanently excluded from school have difficulties with basic literacy 16% of adults are 'functionally illiterate' If current trends continue, we will leave 2.5 million children behind by 2025 You can help a child start the next chapter of their life by becoming a Beanstalk trained reading helper today!