Beanstalk, helping to get Lambeth’s children reading

10 February 2016

Written by: Beanstalk

Children and young people - Opportunities

Life is better when everyone can read well and express themselves confidently. Sadly, last year over 63,000 children across England left primary school unable to read to the expected level.

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Beanstalk, helping to get Lambeth’s children reading

Being unable to read well can have a severe impact on a child’s future:

  • 70 per cent of pupils permanently excluded from school have difficulties with basic literacy
  • Men and women with poor literacy skills are less likely to be in full time employment by the age of 30
  • If current trends continue, by 2025 we will have left behind 1.5 million children

Beanstalk recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide one-to-one literacy support in primary schools to children who have fallen behind with their reading. Beanstalk trained reading helpers transform the lives of the children they support, turning them into confident, passionate and able readers. After just three terms of support, 93 per cent of Beanstalk supported children improve their reading ability. In Lambeth we currently work in 23 schools supporting over 140 children to improve their literacy, but we need to reach more children in the borough. Over 370 children left primary school in the borough not reading at the national expected level.

Could you spare a few hours to help a local child improve their literacy?

As a Beanstalk reading helper you will:

  • Have the opportunity to develop and use your skills to help children in your local community
  • Get the chance to make new friends and share experiences with other volunteers
  • Receive training and ongoing support
  • Have access to books, games and activities to use in your sessions
  • Have your travel expenses covered

For more information visit the Beanstalk website or call 020 3751 1091.