CPD for Your Whole Staff Team

Raise the status of books and reading in your school with Seven Stories. Children who read for pleasure are more likely to achieve at school and in other areas of their life - promoting a culture where books and reading have a high profile will help to narrow the attainment gap for all children.

We provide training and development for all practitioners working with children, including teachers, librarians, Children’s Centre staff, Private Day Nursery teams, childminders and museum education officers. All of our training is suffused with our love of and passion for children’s books, our knowledge of classic and unusual titles and our creative approaches to learning.

Seven Stories’ CPD offer can support you to:

  • Develop your knowledge of high quality books and confidence in reading with children and young people
  • Understand the potential of combining teaching of reading and reading for pleasure
  • Challenge your children and increase their literacy skills
  • Achieve your School Development Plan objectives
  • Narrow the gap in achievement and support all children to make educational progress.


We can also provide tailor-made training for your staff team, in a setting of your choice.

Sessions include lunch (where clearly stated) - why not have a look at what delicious treats are included in our CPD Menu

"The training day was a real success. I walked into the lunch hall today and children were sprawled across the floor, sitting in groups, out in the garden …all engrossed in books. I am thoroughly grateful for the inspiration.Steve Williamson, Executive Headteacher, Bishop Harland CE Primary School, Sunderland.

"The staff thoroughly enjoyed their day and have been so motivated since we came back. As I go round the school I'm seeing lots of really creative ideas on the back of this work." Carol Wilson, head teacher Fellgate Primary School, Jarrow.

Booking Information

Development days at Seven Stories include a tour of the building and exhibitions, and light refreshments for up to 20 people. Cost for a full day of training for your group is £895 and a half day is £595. Alternatively we can deliver this training at your venue for a cost of £695 per full day and £495 for a half day.

CPD for Students

Student groups can take part in CPD sessions designed to inform their studies.

Sessions offer a deeper level of engagement where they explore reading for pleasure and its impact on young children. Content includes a look at how great books underpin and enhance extend formal teaching, inspire responses and creative outcomes, also extensive book browsing and time for students do an exercise to assess learning outcomes of books.

" I am delighted with the experiences offered by your staff. The students were very keen and will have gained so much from the opportunities presented at Seven Stories.

We found out more about how books can support children's learning in a variety of creative ways. Many thanks - this session hit all the right buttons for this particular University Module" Julian Kranz, Senior Lecturer, Childhood Studies Sunderland University

The cost for this type of input is £17.95 per student for a full day, or half day (3 hour sessions) could also be arranged at a cost of £8.95 per person, maximum capacity for sessions is 25 students..

Contact Debbie Beeks to discuss your requirements.

T: 0300 3301095 ext. 215
E: debbie.beeks@sevenstories.org.uk