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Supporting learning in schools

What you said about our services:

Excellent service. Even when our budget was really low we insisted on maintaining our subscription. Thank you.

The choice of books and resources are wonderful as we are a small school and cannot afford to stock all that SLS provide.

Staff are helpful and go out of their way to find relevant and useful resources. The resources are always of a good quality.

What we do
North Tyneside Schools library service has been working with schools for over 40 years providing high quality resources with specialist advice to schools throughout the North East.

The service provides a low cost alternative to buying books and resources that will date and deteriorate quickly. SLS gives access to a far greater range of new books and resources for the curriculum and meets requirements across all subjects. This is why the majority of North Tyneside Schools continue to borrow from SLS.

Based in Killingworth, SLS has a large showroom with space to browse the stock and access the support and advice from the team.

Showroom Opening Hours:

Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm 

NEW and updated service for 2019 - Chatterbooks Reading Groups

Chatterbooks is a nationally recognised network of children’s reading groups, co-ordinated by the Reading Agency and delivered by North Tyneside SLS.
We offer a package to easily set up a successful reading group in school. This includes resources and activities, support and guidance, and of course a great selection of books to enjoy.

What's included?

  • Book bag for 10 children including a reading diary, pen, bookmark and wristband
  • Group leader toolkit including a Chatterbooks handbook
  • Downloadable themed session plans and activity ideas
  • An initial visit from a member of the SLS team to provide a short training session for school staff
  • Loan of up to 6 themed book boxes of your choice from a selection of different themes
  • Each box will contain 25 quality books that will inspire children to read and enjoy 

Chatterbooks is very flexible – perhaps you want to encourage a group of reluctant readers, or to develop keen readers – or both? Chatterbooks is designed to encourage children to have fun with books, whatever their ability, and provides a perfect setting for reading for pleasure.  You can measure the impact of this reading for pleasure programme using the Reading Outcomes Framework Toolkit which you will have access to.

What does it cost?

The cost is £95 per year for subscribing schools and £125 for non-subscribing schools.

The Chatterbooks offer is open to all schools on a first-come first-served basis.

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