Braeburn School pupils given the gift of reading by Castle Education

Education recruitment specialists, Castle Education, a division of Castle Employment Group, are delighted to have gifted the pupils from Braeburn School a Literacy Toolkit full of books and resources to help support their literacy skills.

Literacy Toolkits from the National Literacy Trust and Walker Books are set to inspire pupils to enjoy reading and help teachers and parents to support children’s literacy skills. Each box includes:

  • A fantastic range of 50 books from Walker Books, aimed at children and young people aged 7 to 11
  • Fun activity sheets and other information for teachers to use in the classroom and send home
  • Guidance and templates to help schools engage parents and their local community
  • National Literacy Trust membership for a local school for one year, giving access to inspiring teaching resources and tools for outstanding literacy provision.

The National Literacy Trust and Walker Books worked together to develop the content for the toolkit, drawing on expert knowledge and experience with schools.

Mel Benson and Anna Wilson from the Castle Education division presented the Toolkit to Tim Jolly, Head Teacher and Helen Thompson, Head of Literacy at Braeburn school, on Friday 17th May 2019.

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, said:

“We are delighted that Castle Education has brought a love of reading to children at Braeburn school through the gift of a Literacy Toolkit. Every toolkit is filled with brand new books, activity sheets and colourful materials to get children excited about books and reading, as well as guidance and National Literacy Trust membership to help teachers support children’s literacy development all year round. When children enjoy reading, they do better at school and are happier with their lives, so we hope that many more businesses will follow in the footsteps of Castle Education to bring the transformative love of reading to children in their local communities.”

Kerry Hope, MD of Castle Employment Group, commented:

“We are absolutely delighted to team up with the Literacy Trust to offer the Literacy Toolkit to Braeburn School. In helping young people to read and write more effectively.  This in turn improves the future of everyone in society. Literacy is critical to economic development as well as individual and community well-being.”

Helen Thompson, Head of Literacy at Braeburn School, said:

“We are incredibly grateful for the kind gift. Our children were very excited to look inside the box and see which books we had been given. We intend to use the books as a reward to promote reading at home and we will be using the membership to the Literacy Trust across the school.”

Castle Education covers the full education spectrum: Nurseries, Primary, Secondary, Further Education, Higher Education and SEN. Covering both the State and Independent sectors supplying Temporary and Permanent STA­ from Teaching Assistants through to Head Teachers. To find out more about Castle Education, visit

Businesses across the UK are encouraged to support the literacy skills of children in their area by buying Literacy Toolkits for local schools and community groups. Each Literacy Toolkit costs £650, with profits supporting the National Literacy Trust’s work to give disadvantaged children across the UK the literacy skills they need to succeed.  To find out more about Literacy Toolkits, visit