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Greg Yarnall

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01604 720969
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Beanstalk is a national charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to provide one-to-one reading support in primary schools to children who have fallen behind with their reading.

Beanstalk reading helpers work with children on a one-to-one basis, giving them their full attention and support to:

The children we work with are chosen by their teachers because they struggle with reading and urgently need one-to-one support.  There are many reasons why a child may fall behind with their reading. They may lack support at home, they may not have English as a first language, they may simply have poor eyesight.

Each Beanstalk reading helper works with three children and sees each child for two 30 minute sessions a week for a whole year. Together, they read, play and talk. With Beanstalk's support the child's approach to learning and enjoying reading is often transformed.

Beanstalk reading helpers are trained to recognise what challenges these children face and work through them. With access to a library of books and games at their local branch they can tailor their sessions best to support the children they work with.


Categories of SEND

Cognition and learning, Communication and Interaction.

Age group



Community & Voluntary Sector Service, Education Service.

Referral Process

Schools can sign up to receive one to one support for children struggling or behind with their reading. Beanstalk recruits, vets and trains volunteers to develop a love and enjoyment of reading.