Coram Beanstalk reading helpers work with children on a one-to-one basis, giving them consistent support to improve their reading ability, increase their overall self-confidence and enjoyment of reading, and help give them the vital skills they need to succeed in school and life.
Coram Beanstalk provides one-to-one literacy support to children across England who struggle with their reading ability and confidence.
Becoming a Coram Beanstalk reading helper is a great way to make a difference to a child’s life and enjoy a rewarding volunteering experience.
With Coram Beanstalk's volunteer programmes, you'll help three children on a one-to-one basis, twice a week, for at least 1 year (starting at any time of the year). With your support, you'll help them improve their reading ability, confidence and learn to love reading.
This simple method helps to motivate and support a child to feel more positive about their own reading, to check and deepen the child’s comprehension and to have fun with books in a way that enriches and enhances a child's learning, giving them the skills to succeed in their education.
No specific qualifications connected to working with children are required to become a Coram Beanstalk reading helper. All volunteers are subject to safer recruitment checks and must attend a training and selection day prior to being placed in a school. On-going support is provided by Coram Beanstalk's dedicated support team and online learning and development resources.
We need you to have a passion for working with children and giving them the best possible chance of improving their confidence and literacy, as well as being fluent in both spoken and written English. Our volunteer role descriptions (which can be found on our website) provide more detail about what we are looking for from volunteers.
Travel expenses, 40p per mile. Maximum cover of 10 miles per day
We have a dedicated support team
Coram Beanstalk offer a day of training designed to cater to the needs of the age group our volunteers choose to support.
For early years:
The day is set up to cover overall awareness of the Story Starters programme and a chance to learn about and practise the key activities of a Story Starter. These activities are split into 4 main sections
1) Reading aloud for meaning
2) Labelling and joint attention
3) Using props and actions
4) Interactive reading
The final session of the day covers the wider context of the role with an overview of the next steps to getting the programme running in your Early Years setting.
For Key stage 1 and 2:
The day is split into 4 sessions with breaks between each one. In the first session you’ll find out more about Beanstalk and how we support children to become confident readers.
After the morning break you’ll learn how to relate to and engage with children, how to get the most out of picture books whilst having lots of fun, and how to bring stories alive by reading aloud really well.
After lunch you’ll learn how to support children when they read to you, creating a positive environment for children to practise and improve their own reading and you’ll look at how you can check and deepen their understanding of text and story.
The final session of the day covers the wider context of your role looking at how to keep you and the children safe and how to play your part in keeping your sessions running smoothly.