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.


"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.


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


For more information and to book please contact the Learning team on 0300 330 1095 (ext. 213) or email learning@sevenstories.org.uk