Charity information

First Story

First Story places writers-in-residence in challenging secondary schools where they work with students to improve creativity and literacy.

Founded 2008

  • Mission statement

    Why First Story?
    There is a clear educational disadvantage faced by children in challenging social and economic circumstances. Using the power of creative-writing workshops, First Story helps young people and their teachers develop the ability and confidence to aspire.

    How do we do it?
    First Story places acclaimed authors as writers-in-residence in challenging secondary schools across the country. Throughout the academic year, each writer-in-residence leads a weekly writing group for students and teachers. We publish the students’ work in anthologies and arrange book launches at which the students can read aloud to friends, families and teachers.

    Where do we do it?
    We focus on schools in which more than 50% of pupils are considered deprived according to the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) and GCSE results fall in the lowest third of the national distribution.

    We’ve seen how First Story writers-in-residence can fundamentally change the outlook of the schools in which they work.

  • Aims

    First Story aims to:

    • To advance the education of young students by providing and assisting in the provision of facilities not required to be provided by the local education authority for education in creative writing.
    • To promote the arts and, in particular, literature, poetry and creative writing.
    • To advance in life and help young students in challenging UK secondary schools to build self-confidence, skills and aspiration so they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society.
  • Overview

    Established: September 2008

    Registered Charity Number: 1122939

    Board members: 8

    Full time staff: 3

    Part time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 10

    Phone number: 020 31172319

    Address: 4 More London Riverside London SE1 2AU

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  • Creative writing in schools

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