First Story

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Charity details

Registered address
39-41 North Road,
London,London
N7 9DP

Phone
020 7481 7778

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Charity number
1122939

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Our mission

First Story changes lives through writing.

We believe that writing can transform lives, and that there is dignity and power in every young person’s story. 

First Story brings talented, professional writers into secondary schools serving low-income communities to work with teachers and students to foster creativity and communication skills. 

By helping students find their voices through intensive, fun programmes, First Story raises aspirations and gives students the skills and confidence to achieve them. 

What we do

There is an alarming link between low levels of literacy and poverty in the UK. Many reports have shown that young people from underprivileged backgrounds find it challenging to be creative and communicate, and they suffer from low self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience. Low literacy is also a serious barrier to social mobility and progress in employment.

Our aim is to reduce the gap in educational attainment between state school students and their more privileged peers. First Story works in schools in which more than 50% of pupils are considered deprived according to the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index and/or GCSE results fall in the lowest third of the national distribution.

We are now running 70 residencies across the East Midlands, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, London, South West and West Yorkshire. Through First Story, young people develop their literacy skills and grow in awareness and self-esteem, which can underpin the rest of their lives and lead to future success.

4,000 secondary schools across England fit our criteria. We aspire to develop First Story hubs in strategic locations across the country, which will ensure that every secondary school student has access to the creative provision to which we believe he/she is entitled.

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