Skills for the future

Help provide children with opportunities to thrive this Christmas


Approximately one in four children leaves primary school unable to read at the expected level.[1]

Education setbacks

With living costs continuing to rise, families are facing mounting pressures and children’s post-pandemic education recovery is in jeopardy. The number of children affected is set to rise as resources are stretched even further. 

  • One in six parents reports their children are struggling more in school than a year ago[2]
  • When children fall behind in reading by the age of 11, the impact can last for the rest of their lives
  • 70% of pupils permanently excluded from school have difficulties with basic literacy[3]

It is not just children’s academic futures at risk. A quarter of parents with children under 11 reported that the cost-of-living crisis had affected their children’s mental health as well as their learning, further eroding their self-esteem.[4]

With your help, we can support them to re-engage through our expert education programmes.

Over the last 50 years, Coram Beanstalk has created better chances for more than 250,000 children by helping to build their reading ability and confidence. Weekly 30-minute sessions with our volunteer reading helpers provide children with one-to-one attention with a trusted adult to help them catch up.

“Coram Beanstalk is the best intervention programme we have ever delivered and shows the most progress. It’s the one intervention we would not be without!”


This Christmas, help us create better chances for children by supporting them to gain the skills they need for a bright future.

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[1] Now the whole school is reading: supporting struggling readers in secondary school. Ofsted Report.
[2] Parents and carers spending less on books as cost-of-living crisis impacts families across Britain. National Literacy Trust. 27/02/2023
[3] Why we are needed. Coram Beanstalk
[4] Cost of living has harmed mental and physical health of hundreds of thousands of children, parents’ poll says. iNews. March 2023