Seven Stories welcomes their 100,000th School Visitor

On Tuesday 17th June 2014 Seven Stories welcomed their 100,000th school visitor to the National Centre for Children’s Books in the Ouseburn Valley.

Western Primary School in Wallsend brought along the 100,000th pupil on Tuesday and the class enjoyed a whole morning of illustration and creative writing activities as well as the chance to explore Seven Stories blockbuster exhibition, Moving Stories – Children’s Books from Page to Screen.

Seven Stories were delighted to present Western Primary School in Wallsend with a free year subscription to their popular Hooks into Books scheme to celebrate the milestone.

Seven Stories currently works with over 50% of schools in the North East and 85% in Newcastle. 100, 000 school children have visited Seven Stories and a further 53,000 people have been reached through their outreach and inclusion programmes. In this region 24% of young people live in poverty (the national average is 12%), resulting in lower aspiration and educational attainment. Research shows that children who enjoy reading are better equipped to realise their learning and creative potential.

Since Seven Stories opened in 2005 their Learning Programme has gone from strength to strength and in 2013 Seven Stories’ learning programme was celebrated on a national stage as they were awarded the National Lottery Award for Education, beating six other challengers in a public vote to win the best education project.

"Children's books are an essential part of our childhood, national heritage and culture," said Kate Edwards, Chief Executive.

"Everything we do at Seven Stories is aimed at inspiring children and adults to be curious, imaginative and creative. We strive to ensure people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can take part and enjoy a lifetime of reading for pleasure.”

Seven Stories aims to help schools develop a reading culture, raising the profile of reading for pleasure through a variety of tried and tested strategies to engage pupils, staff and families. Reading with Seven stories is a shared experience. Whatever your age, or wherever you are in your journey through the world of children's books, Seven Stories has something to offer for schools across the North East including exhibition visits, author and illustrator events, CPD and resources.

Click here to find out more about Seven Stories wide range of learning offers or T: 0845 271 0777 ext 221  E:

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