As the summer term comes to an end, primary schools across London have been recognised for their continued dedication to inspire a love of reading among children.

Staff and pupils at the schools were presented with special partnership plaques by Beanstalk – a national reading charity which has been working with schools in the area for over 40 years. The charity works with schools to recruit, train and place volunteers from the local community who go in to the setting each week and provide regular one-to-one support to children that would benefit from extra help.

Beanstalk reading helpers were also invited to join the celebrations in recognition of their contribution in helping to bring the magic of reading to children at the school.

 

Schools were presented with special partnership plaques by Beanstalk

Cavendish Primary School in West London was one of the schools to be presented with a Beanstalk plaque. Anna Coleman, Deputy Head Teacher at the school, said: “We choose children from years two, three, four and six to work with a Beanstalk reading helper for a variety of reasons, but they all enjoy the time they spend each week with their helpers and we see real progress being made as a result of the one-to-one attention.”

Sally Floyer has been a Beanstalk reading helper for ten years and is also a school governor at Cavendish Primary School. She said: “It is a real privilege and pleasure working at Cavendish, where Beanstalk reading helpers are made to feel they are a real part of the team of professionals supporting children who need help with reading and learning.”

Worple Primary School was another school to receive a plaque. Hannah Finch, Assistant Head Teacher at the school, said they “can’t wait to proudly display it!”

Lindsay Fox, the Area Manager for Beanstalk, said: “Having a positive attitude to reading is key to encouraging children to develop a love of books and the schools have continued to implement strategies that ensure learning to read is fun and enjoyable for the children. We are so delighted to present the plaque which represents the staff, the children’s and the volunteers’ continued hard work and we hope that it can take pride of place so the whole school can be proud of its achievements!”

 

Beanstalk currently works with over 480 schools across the London boroughs and welcomes new enquiries from schools that would like Beanstalk support across the region. The charity is also looking for people who would like to volunteer in schools, so if you would like to find out more please: