First-class inspiration for Northumberland pupils

Hannah Burridge, from First Class Supply, with pupils at Seven Stories.
Hannah Burridge, from First Class Supply, with pupils at Seven Stories.

More children across Northumberland will see the world of books brought to life after a leading teacher supply agency teamed up with one of the region’s top visitor attractions.

First Class Supply, the largest supplier to schools in Northumberland, has announced its continued exclusive education sponsorship with Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, in Newcastle.

The partnership will provide Seven Stories with support to deliver outreach work in schools, engaging children with storytelling and helping to inspire a life-long love of reading, vital to their future success.

It will also enable First Class Supply to offer a range of free activities to its partner schools in Northumberland, from sessions in schools and at Seven Stories, to experience days, interactive workshops and professional development for teachers.

During the first year of their sponsorship, hundreds of schoolchildren enjoyed authors into schools sessions, poetry roadshows, visits to Seven Stories and reading for pleasure workshops.

Lesley Robinson, co-director at First Class Supply, which was highly commended at the 2015 North East Charity Awards, said: “Seven Stories is a fantastic resource that we are very lucky to have here in the region and brings the world of books to life.

“We hope that through our continued sponsorship we can enable more children to engage with storytelling and develop a life-long love of reading.”

Seven Stories’ learning and participation director, Paul Frost, said that they are thrilled at First Class Supply’s continued sponsorship.

“Seven Stories believes in the power and potential of children’s books and reading to unlock the world for children at a personal, social and emotional level,” he added.