Sponsorship deal sees pupils being brought to book

Hannah Burridge, an assistant consultant at First Class Supply, with pupils enjoying a visit to Seven Stories in Newcastle.

Hannah Burridge, an assistant consultant at First Class Supply, with pupils enjoying a visit to Seven Stories in Newcastle.

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More children in Northumberland will see their favourite books brought to life, thanks to a teacher supply agency teaming up with a top visitor attraction.

First Class Supply, run from offices in Blyth and Whitley Bay, is continuing its exclusive education sponsorship of Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, in Newcastle.

The partnership will provide the Lime Street literary centre with support to deliver outreach work in schools intended to help inspire a lifelong love of reading.

It will also enable First Class Supply’s partner schools to take advantage of sessions in their classrooms and at Seven Stories, interactive workshops and development courses for teachers.

During the first year of its sponsorship, hundreds of schoolchildren enjoyed author visits, poetry roadshows, trips to Seven Stories and reading workshops.

Lesley Robinson, co-director of First Class Supply, the largest provider of relief teachers to schools in Northumberland, said: “Seven Stories is a fantastic resource that we are very lucky to have here in the region, and it brings the world of books to life.

“We hope through our continued sponsorship, we can enable more children across the region to engage with storytelling and develop a lifelong love of reading.”

The venue’s learning and participation director, Paul Frost, said: “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.

“Access to books and stories, and talking about them, develops confidence, aspiration and understanding and plays a crucial role in development, attainment and success in life.

“As a team and as an organisation, we are thrilled that First Class Supply is continuing to sponsor the Seven Stories learning programme.”