We've been working on this for a long while but we've managed to secure a partnership with one of our favourite charities! Coram Beanstalk. Earlier last week we signed an agreement with the charity and we'll be donating a portion of each book in support of their efforts to help to promote and support early years readers nationally.
The work they do is beyond noble, these guys are the real deal when it comes to literary super heroes. Their volunteers and overall support staff are absolutely out of this world and they are well worth looking into if you haven't already.
When we founded DBB, one of our main goals was to try and pay it forward. We've been incredibly lucky to have had the financial support and business/literary wisdom of others when it came to getting us off the ground and out into the world. With this new found home in the world, we want to give something back.
Make sure to follow them on social media and support this awesome cause!
Find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @beanstalkreads
ABOUT CORAM BEANSTALK
Coram Beanstalk’s service is simple yet highly effective. We recruit, train and support volunteers to provide consistent, one-to-one reading support to children aged 3-13 who need our help. Our reading helpers give them the support they need to improve their reading skills, reading ability and confidence. We also provide training to people within the school community who want to help children learn to read for pleasure whilst improving their reading skills. The children we help might have fallen behind with their reading, lack confidence, or struggle with their fluency, comprehension or vocabulary.
Our one-to-one reading support changes the child's life:
Improving their reading abilityInspiring confidence in their own abilityIncreasing their enjoyment of reading
Coram Beanstalk reading helpers are trained to recognise what challenges each child faces and tailor their sessions to support each child.
Each Coram Beanstalk reading helper works with an average of three children and provides consistent support on a weekly basis, for a whole school year. Together, they read, play and talk. With Coram Beanstalk's support the child's approach to reading and learning is often transformed:
97% of schools say that Coram Beanstalk's service saved their staff's valuable time.
96% of schools would recommend Coram Beanstalk to other schools.
94% of schools say that Coram Beanstalk reading helpers enabled them to offer one-to-one support to children that would be difficult to provide otherwise.
98% of schools agreed that their reading helpers helped children to improve their enjoyment of reading.
99% of schools agreed that their reading helpers helped children to improve their confidence.
97% of schools agreed that their reading helpers helped children to improve their attitude to reading.
Coram Beanstalk’s one-to-one reading support is proven to help improve the reading attainment, self-confidence and enjoyment of reading of children who are struggling or reluctant readers. In the last school year we helped 13,400 children across England in 1,200 schools through the help of approximately 3,700 reading helpers.
Our aim is to ensure that every child we support has the skills and confidence to reach their true potential and shape their own lives.
Our latest impact data shows the following results:
Key Stage 1
78% of KS1 children who were classed as reading ‘Below’ age-related expectations when they began working with a Coram Beanstalk reading helper moved up to ‘Working Towards’ (50%) or ‘At’ or 'Above’ (28%).
54% of KS1 children who were classed as ‘Working Towards’ age-related expectations when they began working with a Coram Beanstalk reading helper moved up to ‘At’ (51%) or ‘Above (3%).’
The number of KS1 children able to predict what might happen next in a story without additional support has more than doubled from 33% at the beginning of the Coram Beanstalk intervention to 67% at the end.
The number of KS1 children able to use their sounds to work out new words on their own increased from 36% to 70% during their time with their reading helper and the percentage of children requiring some support with reading simple words accurately has gone down from more than half (51%) to less than one in five (17%).
The number of KS1 children who could talk on their own about a range of books they have listened to and read including stories, poems and factual books more than doubled from 16% to 38%.
Key Stage 2
The impact on KS2 children was less pronounced but significant progress was made – especially in their breadth of reading and engagement in a wider range of genres.
The number of KS2 children that were able to discuss words and phrases that excited them in the books they have read has increased from 41% at the beginning of the intervention to 62% at the end.
The percentage of KS2 children independently reading a wider range of books and being able to re-tell stories from what they have read to others has increased significantly from 47% to 67% during their time with a reading helper.
The percentage of KS2 children engaging in reading and being able to confidently discuss what they have read has increased from 64% at the beginning of their work with a reading helper to 77% at the end.