Summer Science Online 2020
Published 19.10.2020 Team TA need you NOW! Call Julia, Gayleen or Hannah on 0191 251 5566 if you have school and/or nursery experience! We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
Published 16.10.2020 As another busy, crazy, new-normal week draws to a close, we’d all like to say a big thank you to all our fantastic teachers AND our fantastic teaching assistants, nursery nurses and one to one supports! We hope you have a great weekend everyone!
Published 15.10.2020 Today is World Maths Day! Maths Day is celebrated on October 15. Since its founding in 2007 by 3P Learning, the popularity of World Maths Day has multiplied fast. The day encourages students globally to take a break from standard day to day math lessons. Instead, they can participate in competitive math-themed games, […]
Published 14.10.2020 Why not take a look around…… As part of our annual Summit 2020, we are hosting a virtual exhibition! Come and take a look, you do not need to be a delegate to visit. Engage with a range of organisations who are proud to support our schools and find out about funding opportunities! […]
Published 12.10.2020 Autumn mornings can be a little chilly so why not pop down this Thursday or Friday for a cosy and delicious story time breakfast with Goldilocks? Not too hot, not too cold, our breakfasts are just right for tiny tots and their grown-ups to enjoy story fun with one of our Story Catchers, […]
Published 11.10.2020 …… Just remember!
Published 09.10.2020 Wow, another amazing week of virtual Authors into Schools events! Tuesday’s fantastic session with Harriet Muncaster reading from Victoria Stitch Bad and Glittering, was enjoyed by 404 pupils from five local schools. Thursday’s totally inspirational session with the amazing Alex Wheatle reading from Cane Warriors was enjoyed by a huge 936 pupils from […]
Published 07.10.2020 These fantastic courses from the Newcastle United Foundation are running again during the half term break – book your places now! Holiday Courses are back this October! Play, learn and make friends safely at Consett Afc, Ellington Juniors Football Club and Goals Newcastle this half-term! Limited places, book now bit.ly/2SuIpSp
Published 04.10.2020 ……. of just how brilliant all our teachers and TAs really are!
Published 02.10.2020 Just a reminder for anyone visiting our offices to remember to scan our QR code with the NHS COVID-19 App EVERY visit. If visiting both offices, please scan both as the codes are different. Thanks in advance – LET’S HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS!
Published 01.10.2020 We are loving our continuing partnership with Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books and our Authors into Schools programme! By the end of the week a MASSIVE 2271 pupils from 18 local schools will have enjoyed these amazing virtual sessions, and the feedback we have received has been fantastic! Thank you […]
Published 29.09.2020 These young footballers joined Newcastle United Foundation’s Premier League ‘Kicks’ in Benwell, Newcastle. Kicks sessions are free for players of all abilities at a number of sites across the North East. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org directly. These are fantastic free sessions and at the moment are open to players ages 8 to […]
Published 28.09.2020 Just a little Monday Motivation – we hope you all have a great week!
Published 25.09.2020 Another busy week has flown by! Thank you all as always for all your hard work, and we hope all our brilliant supply team, and all our friends in school have a fantastic weekend! Enjoy!
Published 23.09.2020 Just to reassure you all that in line with the latest Government guidelines, we remain 100% Covid secure in both of our First Class offices. All the team have access to PPE, our anti-Covid screens are all in place and we adhere to social distancing measures. We also have anti-bacterial hand gel and […]
Published 21.09.2020 You won’t want to miss this fab Zoom event from our friends and partners at Seven Stories! A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood…and has come to tell their story! Play, sing and make a craft activity with the little brown mouse in this fun interactive telling of everyone’s favourite […]
Published 18.09.2020 Thank you to everyone for all your hard work again this week! These are certainly proving to be different times for us all! We’d like to wish you all a great weekend despite the new local lockdown restrictions, and hope you still manage to have a lovely time whatever you’re doing!
Published 16.09.2020 We are delighted to announce we are continuing our support for our friends and partners at Seven Stories, who will be delivering some amazing digital sessions to our schools this term! The first of the new ‘Authors into Schools’ session starts next Wednesday, when none other than the fantastic Chris Riddell (of Goth […]
Published 14.09.2020 Just to remind you that we still have a collection point for The BAY Foodbank in our office in Whitley Bay, and your donations will be more than welcome in these difficult times. Even with social distancing we will still be able to take any donations however big or small! Thank you in […]
Published 11.09.2020 A big thank you to all our teachers and teaching assistants for all your hard work this week – we know it’s been a strange first week back for many of you! We hope you, and our friends in schools, all have a brilliant weekend and enjoy the chance to chill for a […]
Published 09.09.2020 This sounds amazing! Book your Zoom places now to make sure you don’t miss out on these fantastic sessions! Here’s our Jayne to tell you a little bit more about The Gruffalo Zoom Story Workshop taking place THIS Friday (and the following two Fridays). It’ll be a lot of fun so here’s the […]
Published 07.09.2020 So very true for our teachers AND teaching assistants! We hope you all have a fantastic start to the new week – and remember, we are here for you if you need us!
Published 04.09.2020 It’s been fantastic to see and hear how many of our partner schools have had a really positive start to this ‘new normal’ term! All the hard work and your huge efforts have really paid off! We hope you are really proud of everything you’ve achieved to ensure your pupils have the best […]
Published 01.09.2020 Today we’d like to say WELCOME BACK to all the schools who are re-opening this week, and to all the teaching and support staff and pupils returning to the ‘new normal.’ Difficult times for us all, but as always, we are looking forward to working together and supporting you all during this term […]
Published 25.08.2020 This is such a fantastic idea! Why not see if you can make this happen in your street? More notices, invitations and consultation letters going out to #playstreets across the borough. 2 brand new streets, 3 streets that played out last year applying for new dates, and one that had a successful first […]
Published 21.08.2020 A pawesome opportunity to bring a four-legged friend along to Seven Stories for a tail-waggingly terrific storytime! We are delighted to be starting our live events programme again with a special outdoor version of our popular Storytime for Dogs. One of our super storycatchers will read some brilliant dog stories and tell you […]
Published 18.08.2020 We now have just a few places available next week for face-to-face registration interviews. Call us now to reserve your place as they do go very quickly! We’re also keeping our Zoom option open for those of you who would prefer to register online. We look forward to hearing from you and to […]
Published 12.08.2020 How fantastic is this! There is still time to book your holiday football coaching courses through Newcastle United Foundation! Make sure you don’t miss this great opportunity for your future football stars! Newcastle United Foundation 1 d · Kicking off our latest Holiday Courses in style with #NUFC‘s Kell Watts Kell got stuck […]
Published 06.08.2020 We are delighted to report that we are once again conducting one-to-one registration interviews in our office. We’re also keeping our Zoom option open for those of you who would prefer to register online. Either way, book your place now as spaces are almost full for the rest of the holidays! We look […]
Published 04.08.2020 The Prince is looking for a wife, but he cannot find his perfect Princess! Then one night a Princess arrives at the castle looking for a place to stay the night, but the Prince and his mother, the Queen, make a plan to find out if she is a real princess and sneak […]
Published 29.07.2020 It’s not too late to book your places on these fantastic, socially distanced courses for your own young football fans! All Covid-19 safeguarding measures in place, and morning and afternoon sessions available and delivered by professionals from our friends at Newcastle United Foundation Newcastle United Foundation New venues added for Summer 2020! We […]
Published 27.07.2020 First Class are really proud of our partnership with Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books. We are working together to bring you lots of new, socially distanced initiatives in the new term. All will be at no cost to our schools and will help to encourage a love of reading and […]
Published 23.07.2020 Today we’re saying a very happy birthday to the lovely Pam. Hope you have a fab day Pam, we know the weather and semi-lockdown won’t stop you having a fun-packed day! Enjoy! x
Published 21.07.2020 It’s not often you see a post title like that! This sounds a lovely story for younger children! Why not join in on Thursday to find out what happened to the Runaway Pea? #sevenstories #lovereading #lovereadingbooks It’s time for tea, but one pesky pea has decided to ping himself off the plate in […]
Published 17.07.2020 Just thank you…..
Published 14.07.20 Today we’d like to wish the lovely Jonathan a Very Happy Birthday! Hope you have a fantastic day Jonny, and enjoy all your semi-lockdown celebrations! x
Published 09.07.2020 Our on-line interviews and registrations continue to be really busy! We are also making appointments to see you with your original documents in our office now. Call us now to secure your online registration interview or to make an appointment to come along to the office. For your peace of mind, all social […]
Published 07.07.2020 Another fab experience to share with your younger home pupils on Thursday! Book your place now to avoid disappointment! This Thursday at 10am join award-winning storytellers Brooke & Hannah from Little Supernovas Limited & Onceupona Childrens Theatre Co. London UK for a charming retelling of the rags to riches fairytale The Fisherman & […]
Published 03.07.2020 Brilliant news from our friends at the Newcastle United Foundation! Fantastic that these courses will again be available throughout the summer! Book a course for your budding stars of the future now!
Published 01.07.2020 Don’t forget to book these lovely sessions home-schoolers! Especially great fun for all your younger home pupils – every Thursday throughout July! The Hairy Toe with Onceupona and Little Supernovas Thursday 2 July, 10am Join award-winning storytellers Brooke & Hannah from Little Supernovas & Onceupona for a fun retelling of the voyage and return story […]
Published 29.06.2020 In what we hope is the last of the First Class lockdown birthdays, today we’d like to wish the lovely Steph a very happy birthday!! Working from home has its benefits when you get a surprise socially distanced visit from the lovely Jemma who’s on maternity leave, together with the gorgeous Logan!! 🙂 […]
Published 26.06.2020 This is a really lovely idea from our friends at Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books! Something home schoolers might want to keep for a rainy afternoon, or just something for the whole family to enjoy, whatever their age! What makes you feel better when you’re sad? It’s important to look […]
Published 24.06.2020 A very big thank you to everyone who took time out of their day to come along to drop their ‘lockdown clear out’ donations into our office for the fantastic St Oswald’s Hospice yesterday! We now have a mini-mountain in our office and all your donations are hugely appreciated. It was lovely to […]
Published 22.06.2020 Just a reminder that you can drop any bags of donations for the fabulous St Oswald’s Hospice in to our office tomorrow, Tuesday 23rd. If you can come along between 10:30 and 2:30 that would be fantastic. We always get a huge response to these shout outs, and we’re looking forward to collecting […]
Published 19.06.2020 We’ve got just a few virtual interview places available for next week – don’t miss out – give us a call now to reserve your appointment time!
Published 16.06.2020 We have been in touch with our friends at St Oswald’s Hospice, who as you can imagine, have been hit hard during the Coronavirus crisis. We are still more than happy to collect donation bags for the hospice and no doubt many of you have been having a good clear out during the […]
Published 12.06.2020 Home schoolers! Just the books for your over 12s to settle down with on a cold and wet afternoon! #SevenStories #chillingreads #thrillers Next up in our #WhereStoriesComeFrom #OvercomingtheMonster recommended reads we have two great reads for readers aged 12 and up. The first one is the chilling #TheStuffofNightmares by Malorie Blackman (Penguin Books). […]
Published 10.06.2020 These might be just what all you home-schoolers need to keep your pupils entertained when the weather is like this! 10 of the Best Educational Documentaries for Kids When Screen Time is Unavoidable
Published 09.06.2020 The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is a great example of an #OvercomingtheMonster story. Listen to Storycatcher Jayne reading this classic tale accompanied by handwritten notes by Julia and original illustrations by Axel as featured in our #WhereStoriesComeFrom exhibition. Macmillan Children’s Books The Gruffalo read by Seven Stories Storycatcher Jayne The […]
Published 04.06.2020 For all of you with frustrated footie players at home! Read on to see how you can register your interest in joining this fantastic, local, football family: Whitley Bay Sporting Club are currently unable to offer open sessions for season 20/21. However, we are still keen to promote that we are looking to […]
Published 02.06.2020 It has been a real pleasure meeting so many of you over the last few weeks and welcoming you to the First Class team! Our online interview schedule is really busy, so do get in touch now to make sure you are fully compliant for when the schools are open properly! We are […]
Published 28.05.2020 First Class are delighted to continue to support this amazing charity through these difficult times, and we know the lovely people at Children North East would love to hear from you if you are able to donate any resources, or make a donation to help them help those children most in need during […]
Published 27.05.2020 Next up in our #WhereStoriesComeFrom #VoyageandReturn recommended reads are #MontyandSylvesterATaleofEverydayAstronauts by #CarlyGledhill (Hachette Kids), a story about best friends on a mission to deepest darkest space, and #Journey by Aaron Becker Books (Walker Picture Books), a wordless picture book about self-determination and unexpected friendships, both perfect for 5-8 year olds. http://ow.ly/uzyY50zQe60
Published 20.05.2020 Here’s your chance to help break a World Record all you home schoolers! Register below to join the free #WorldsBiggestArtLesson with author Rob Biddulph and also help to raise money for those most impacted by COVID-19! We can’t wait to hear how you get on! Hurry to register your place – the class […]
Published 19.05.2020 We at First Class are always huge supporters of issues surrounding mental health, particularly where it affects our schools and their pupils, and our fantastic supply team. It’s more important than ever that we are mindful of everyone’s mental health in these troubling times – when ‘kindness’ has probably never been more important!
Published 13.05.2020 It has been fantastic ‘virtually meeting’ so many of you over the past few weeks, and we’re looking forward to meeting many more of you over the coming weeks too! Give us a call now to book your online interview – make sure you don’t miss out as interview places are filling up […]
Published 12.05.2020 Today is International Nurses’ Day and we are sending a huge THANK YOU to all nurses for all they continue to do for us, especially over these last few months during the Covid-19 pandemic. We have our very own wonderful nurses in our community and the sacrifices they make every day are phenomenal. […]
Published 08.05.2020 Not the way we were all hoping to commemorate it, but a very special thank you to all our wonderful VE Day heroes. Another huge thank you to all our modern-day heroes, our wonderful NHS and all those fantastic key workers doing so much for us all during these times.
Published 06.05.2020 Today we’re wishing the lovely Julia a very Happy Birthday! Although she’s furloughed at the moment and home-schooling her three gorgeous children (who are loving it as you can see!), we know you’ll want to join us in wishing her a lovely day! 🙂 We’ll look forward to another fab First Class party […]
Published 01.05.2020 Children North East are the region’s oldest independent children’s charity, who have supported the most disadvantaged in our society, including during times of crisis since 1891. However, as a charity reliant on fundraising income and donations, the Covid-19 crisis means they are facing significant financial uncertainty. First Class Supply are delighted that we […]
Published 28.04.2020 Come and talk to us about how you can join us online and get set for work once the schools re-open! We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
Published 27.04.2020 Today we’re wishing the lovely Frances a very Happy Birthday! What a way to spend your special day, working from home alone and no going out to celebrate! We’ll look forward to a fab First Class party when we can Fran! We hope you’ll join us all in wishing her a lovely day […]
Published 21.04.2020 Delighted that we are still adding to our fantastic supply team despite the current situation! Read the information below to see how we can arrange your online interview! Looking forward to meeting you very soon!
Published 15.04.2020 The Learning Curve Group have made the decision in these uncertain times to open up their online enrolment and induction process for their fully funded flexible learning courses. Please click on the link below for more information on the courses, covering key sectors including Mental Health, Children & Young People’s Mental Health, Understanding […]
Published 09.04.2020 Just to remind everyone that we continue to update all our supply team on a regular basis with our ‘Coronavirus Updates.’ These can be found on the home page of this website, and all our supply team have been emailed individually with each update as they happen. It’s also been a real pleasure […]
Published 19.03.2020 We appreciate that understandably, you will all be hugely concerned following the announcement from the Prime Minister on 18 March 2020, that all schools are to be closed until further notice. Schools, colleges and nurseries will close to help slow the spread of the virus, which will help save lives and protect the […]
At First Class Supply we are committed to equal treatment of all employees regardless of their gender. As a company we always pay Men and Women of the same experience level the same amount for undertaking the same role. Having completed our Gender Pay Gap Report we have found that a higher percentage of our […]
Published 18.03.2020 With everything that’s going on in our world at the moment, yet more kindness from the lovely people at St George’s, Cullercoats! They came to the office this morning with another big donation for the The BAY Foodbank – who as you can imagine, need all the help they can get in these […]
Published 17.03.2020 Thursday 2 April, 6pm Autism Awareness Day isn’t until 2 April 2020, but anyone with an interest will not want to miss this event at Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books! Join author Rose Robbins as she talks about her two books Me and My Sister and Talking is Not My […]
Published 16.03.2020 Just a little more, much needed, Monday motivation…..
Published 13.03.2020 SPORT RELIEF 2020! We’re supporting this great cause, are you? We’d love to see any photos of you raising money for Comic Relief – just post the photos, or tell us what you’re doing in the comments below! Good luck to all of you taking part!
Published 12.03.2020 Don’t forget about our ‘Recommend a Friend’ Scheme! If you recommend a friend or colleague to join us, you will receive £25 in high street vouchers as soon as they work five days for us! There is no limit to the number of people you can recommend or to how many vouchers you […]
Published 11.03.2020 We were delighted to have a visit from the lovely Jemma with new baby Logan yesterday! How adorable is he – we’re all in love with him! As you can see, Logan is an excellent sleeper and Jemma hasn’t lost her sense of humour! Both come back and see us again soon […]
Published 10.03.2020 We’ve just had a visit from two members of the congregation from St George’s, Cullercoats – bringing us this wonderful donation of food for the The BAY Foodbank! How kind and thoughtful and SO appreciated! This will mean such a lot to the families who will receive this – THANK YOU again St […]
Published 09.03.2020 Monday Motivation time – we could post this one every day and it could never lose its impact! Thank you to all our amazing supply team – here’s to another great week!
Published 06.03.2020 DRUM ROLL PLEASE! Thank you so much for all your entries to our World Book Day competition! We were absolutely blown away by all your photos, and the individual and team efforts involved were truly amazing! We wish we could offer the prize to each and every one of you who entered, but […]
Published 04.03.2020 *** COMPETITION TIME!*** We are really looking forward to celebrating World Book Day tomorrow! Post your fancy dress photos on today’s Facebook post for your chance to win a fantastic half day Seven Stories Outreach Session in your school! This could be for Early Years, KS1, KS2 or KS3 so don’t forget to […]
Published 03.03.2020 We are loving the sound of this! Getting fit at the same time as enjoying a good book! What’s not to like! For a right royal start to the weekend join this lively story yoga session featuring The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie. This funny feminist twist on a traditional […]
Published 02.03.2020 The first Monday Motivation of March and this is definitely true! Have a great week everybody!
Published 28.02.2020 The week after February half term is always a hard one! To all our fantastic Teachers, TAs, Nursery Nurses and SEN specialists, and to all our fab friends in our partner schools – have a great weekend, you’ve all earned it!
Published 27.02.2020 Do you have Lego Therapy training or experience? This is becoming increasingly popular in our schools and we would love to hear from you if you’re able to provide this vital support in school. Please contact Hannah or Julia on 0191 251 5566 or email@example.com – thank you!
Published 26.02.2020 Two more brilliant Authors into Schools sessions for the last week of February! Yesterday, the amazing Joseph Elliott kept 130 pupils from one of our partner high schools enthralled in a session with tales behind the inspiration for his fantastic book, The Good Hawk. Tomorrow’s session from the equally amazing Dan Freedman is […]
Published 25.02.2020 This sounds like a fantastic way to celebrate Shrove Tuesday from our friends Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books! Celebrate Shrove Tuesday in style by heading to our cafe for a Pancake Party on Tuesday 25 February at 10am or 10.45am. Enjoy a tasty pancake breakfast with a choice of delicious […]
Published 24.02.2020 Welcome back everybody! We hope you all had a fantastic break, despite some decidely dodgy February weather! It was lovely to see some of you when you visited us in the office last week, and we’re really looking forward to working with you all again this half term!
Published 21.02.2020 It’s been fantastic to hear from so many of you in response to our cry for Teaching Assistants, Nursery Nurses, One:One and SEN specialists, and it’s been a pleasure meeting you this week! We still need more of you to join us! Please do give us a call to find out how you […]
Published 20.02.2020 Just a reminder that the Whitley Bay Fiver Fest is still going strong until the end of this month! Let’s all shop local and support our lovely local community, and enjoy some fabulous £5 bargains at the same time!
Published 19.02.2020 Another HUGE thank you to everyone who has brought donations into the office for us to pass on to our friends at St Oswald’s Hospice! Since the last donations were collected in January, we’ve already accumulated loads more bags of donations and particularly baby and toddler clothes which are always hugely appreciated. Thank […]
Published 18.02.2020 Today we’d like to wish the lovely Ellice a very Happy Birthday! It was actually yesterday, but as she was enjoying a birthday day off, we’re celebrating with her today! Hope you had an amazing birthday weekend Ellice! 🙂 x
Published 17.02.2020 We hope you all had a great weekend and are looking forward to the week ahead! Just a reminder of our opening hours this week…. 🙂
Published 14.02.2020 Here’s to another, long anticipated and very well earned half term! We all hope you have a fantastic time off and enjoy the break! As always, we’d all like to say a HUGE thank you to all of you for your hard work and commitment, we really do have the best supply team […]
Published 13.02.2020 TAs, Nursery Nurses, One:One and SEN specialists, we need you! We do still have a few interview times available for during half term. Contact us NOW to reserve your place and take your first step of your new First Class career!
Published 12.02.2020 Was a HUGE £350,000!! An equally huge thank you to everyone involved in helping to raise this fantastic amount of money for such a worthy cause!!
Published 11.02.2020 Just a reminder that the Whitley Bay Fiver Fest is starting soon! It’s taking place from 15th to 29th February and it’s a call to all pull together to support our local businesses in Whitley Bay – and there are some great bargains to be had too! Join the event for more info, […]
Published 10.02.2020 Can you believe it’s the last Monday Motivation of this half term?! It’s been a long one, but here’s to all our brilliant teachers and TA’s who do this each and every day! A huge thank you to you all!
Published 07.02.2020 Fran had a brilliant time at one of this week’s Authors into Schools sessions, with the amazing ‘Evernight’ author, Ross MacKenzie! Ross was incredibly busy on Wednesday this week, starting off keeping 270 children enthralled in Sunderland, before moving on to Newcastle and entertaining another 360 pupils! That’s a massive 630 local children […]
Published 06.02.2020 Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Now in its sixth year, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word. Children’s Mental Health Week 3 – 9 February […]
Published 05.02.2020 Look at their little faces! These Early Years pupils from one of our partner schools really enjoyed one of our lovely Seven Stories interactive session recently! The feedback from the school was amazing too, we think the Early Years team enjoyed it as much as the children!
Published 04.02.2020 Just received some lovely news from our friends at St Oswald’s Hospice! A lovely thank you from the team for our sponsorship of the Learning Programme for Elmer’s Great North Parade and look how much has been raised to date from the Elmer schools alone!! Wow! Thank you to all of you who […]
Published 03.02.2020 Some very true Monday Motivation for all the brilliant people who work in our schools! Thank you to you all, and here’s to another fantastic week!
Published 31.01.2020 We know lots of you will want to join us in wishing the lovely Jemma a very happy maternity leave! We’ll all really miss her while she’s away, but can’t wait to hear as soon as her baby boy is born – he’s due on the 14th February, so let’s see if he […]
Published 30.01.2020 Hannah, Fran and Deb are all set up and raring to go at the Schools North East Academies Conference today! Come along and visit them at our fabulous stand, they are really looking forward to seeing everyone again! Plus enter our draw to win an amazing Seven Stories session for your school – […]
Published 29.01.2020 We received so many fantastic photos of ‘The Digiladies’ enjoying their BETT experience in London last Thursday and Friday we didn’t know where to start! Just a selection of pics of the the Digiladies and MiniDigiladies enjoying their experience, which we were proud and delighted to sponsor for them! It’s been wonderful not […]
Published 28.01.2020 Happy Birthday to one half of our fabulous Team TA – the lovely Hannah! We all hope you have a fantastic birthday Hannah, and enjoy all your birthday celebrations! And the cake of course!
Published 27.01.2019 What an amazing Authors into Schools session last Friday! Fabulous author Lisa Thompson, kept over 300 local KS2 pupils enthralled with readings from her latest brilliant book ‘The Boy Who Fooled the World’ and with tales of who and what inspired her to write it. As you can see, the children were transfixed […]
Published 24.01.2020 This has been quite a week for visitors! Yesterday, we were delighted to see Evelyn and Geoff Mitchell and their gorgeous grandson, Stanley! Some of you may remember Geoff was the Head of a local primary school for many years, and Evelyn was one of our most popular primary teachers prior to retiring! […]
Published 23.01.2020 We had another visit from the lovely Laura from St Oswald’s yesterday 🙂 Not only did she collect another nine bags for the hospice, which we’ve collected just since the beginnining of January, she also brought us this lovely card, and healthy hamper to say thank you for our support as Learning Programme […]
Published 22.01.2020 We’re thrilled to continue to support ‘The DigiLadies’ project, which is a project to empower and inspire young girls in KS2, the ‘MiniDigiLadies’, to aspire to have a career in technology. The brainchild of Laura Dickinson, eLearning Lead Practitioner for NTLT, we are funding 20 pupils from local schools to be taken to […]
Published 20.01.2020 Monday motivation time! This one is for all our fantastic and dedicated teaching assistants, nursery nurses and support assistants who work so hard for us every day! Thank you all!
Published 17.01.2020 We’re looking forward to more fabulous Authors into Schools sessions, together with our partners at Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books in the next few weeks! In the last two weeks of January alone, we will reach AT LEAST fourteen primary, middle and secondary schools, with a MASSIVE 1850 pupils enjoying […]
Published 16.01.2020 It’s all go at First Class, and Team TA have certainly started the new year with a bang! Experienced TAs, SEN Support and One:One specialists – we need you! Remember if you already work with us and recommend a friend or colleague to join us we have a very generous recommendation scheme in […]
Published 15.01.2020 We know some of you have already met the lovely Sam, but today we’d like to officially introduce her to you as part of the First Class team! Sam actually joined us in November and has already proved herself to be an invaluable member of our busy Admin Team! A belated welcome Sam […]
Published 14.01.2020 A huge thank you to the lovely Raminder who came all the way from Chester le Street to bring these beautiful flowers and lovely card! Thank you Raminder and thank you for all your hard work too! 🙂 x
Published 13.01.2020 On a cold January Monday, remember – what you are doing makes a huge difference every day! Thank you fantastic teachers and TAs for all you do! 🙂
Published 10.01.2020 Thank you all so much for continuing to bring in your contributions for the wonderful St Oswald’s Hospice! We had another collection just before the Christmas break, here’s the lovely Fran with just a few of them! Remember, we are still collecting throughout the year, and you can drop your donations into us […]
Published 09.01.2020 We love hosting our friends from local schools for Student Take Over Days! Thank you to the Student Take Over Day pupils who joined us from RockCliffe First School today! We had a lovely morning with you all, you were such a huge help and brilliant at your new jobs! Ivy, Franco, Jessie, […]
Published 08.01.2020 Fantastic video from our friends and partners, the Newcastle United Foundation, showing how they helped thousands of local children and vulnerable young adults in our area throughout 2019. Well done to you all, what a difference you have made to all these young people! What We Do | Newcastle United Foundation In 2019, […]
Published 06.01.2020 Welcome back everyone! We hope you all had a lovely break and enjoyed all the Christmas and New Year festivities!! The holiday has flown by! It seems that most of us are ‘back to normal’ today, so to all our lovely teachers, teaching assistants and all our friends in school – Happy New […]
Published 01.01.2020 Happy New Year!!! We hope you are all enjoying the festivities, and here’s to a fantastic 2020 from us all at First Class! xx
Published 25.12.2019 Happy Christmas everyone!! We wish all our fantastic team of Supply Teachers and Teaching Assistants a wonderful Christmas Day and hope you all have a fabulous time!! xx
Published 20.12.2019 Happy Christmas everybody!! We’d like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a fantastic New Year! Thank you so much for all your hard work again this term – we hope you get time to relax and enjoy the Christmas break! Enjoy everybody! 🙂 xxx
Published 19.12.2019 This morning we sadly need to let you know that we are saying goodbye to the lovely Megan on Friday. We know Megan has been a popular member of the team with so many of our teachers, teaching assistants and schools, and we’re sorry to see her go! She is going back home […]
Published 18.12.2019 Today we’d like to wish the lovely Kate a very special 30th birthday! Enjoy today Kate, and have a lovely few days celebrating!! 🙂 x
Published 16.12.2019 The last Monday Motivation this term! Hope it helps on this busy, busy day!
Published 13.12.2019 Another thank you! This time to the lovely Maureen and Ben, who visited us today with a Christmas bag full to the brim of choccy treats, and a lovely personalised card with Steph’s dog, Teddy on the front! Thank you both so much for never forgetting us! We all wish you both a […]
Published 12.12.2019 We’re really proud of our partnership with the Newcastle United Foundation. Take a look at this fantastic video which shows just some of the excellent work they do every day do with schools, children, young adults and their families in our local community. Amazing! Sean Longstaff School Challenge ⚽️ | Newcastle United Foundation […]
Published 11.12.2019 *** Urgent! Do you have Lego Therapy training or experience? One of our partner schools is looking for some urgent support in this area *** Please call Hannah or Julia on 0191 251 5566 for further info! Thank you!
Published 10.12.2019 A huge thank you to the lovely Georgia for bringing this gorgeous card and prezzie for Fran and Team Primary yesterday, what a lovely thank you, and it’s really appreciated Georgia! Thanks so much to all of you who have come along to see us, and a special thank you to Sue who […]
Published 09.12.2019 We are starting to feel very festive in the First Class office, and thank you to everyone for your lovely cards and really kind gifts! Our lovely Mavis makes us all a fabulous Christmas cake every year, and here’s the 2019 creation! Thank you Mavis, it is absolutely delicious!! x PS: Come along […]
Published 06.12.2019 Hannah had a lovely time visiting one of our partner schools yesterday, with some gifts for their Christmas Fair! The staff and pupils were delighted to see her, and very much getting into the Christmas spirit as you can see!
Published 05.12.2019 What a lovely testimonial! Thank you so much for your lovely message Becky, this brought a tear to a few eyes! Thank you so much for all your hard work, and lots and lots of luck for the future, we’ll miss you!! xx
Published 04.12.2019 These festive, family parties are hugely popular and great fun for children of all ages, from babies to young adults! Book your places now to make sure your goodbye to 2019 is one to remember!! Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books As the countdown to the end of 2019 begins what […]
Published 03.12.2019 A huge thank you to the lovely Diane for this gorgeous fruit basket and lovely thank you note! It’s lovely gestures like this that make it all worthwhile! Thank YOU Diane for all your hard work, and lots of luck – we’ll miss you!! Have a lovely Christmas and we look forward to […]
Published 02.12.19 On this incredibly busy Monday, just remember ….. you are making a difference every single day!
Published 29.11.2019 Hope all our fantastic supply team, and all our friends in schools have a brilliant weekend! Thank you all so much for all your hard work this week, we hope you now get time to relax for a change! Thank you again and we look forward to working with you all next week! […]
Published 28.11.2019 We’d like to introduce two new members of staff to everyone! Deb Carey, who joined us at the beginning of October and who is working with Fran on the primary side of things – we know lots of you have spoken to, or met Deb already! And also to Clare Wilson, who is […]
Published 26.11.2019 Absolutely amazing Authors into Schools sessions in two of our local schools yesterday! Bestselling author of the ‘Artemis Fowl’ series, Eoin Colfer, entertained hundreds of pupils with his hilarious tales of the inspiration behind his books, now a major feature film to be released in January! What a warm, funny and truly inspirational […]
Published 25.11.2019 This couldn’t be more true of all our fabulous supply team, teachers and teaching assistants alike! Hope you all have a fantastic week!
Published 22.11.2019 Another fantastic week of encouraging a love of literature to our local pupils! This week alone we have reached a massive 517 local school children through our Authors Into Schools Programme with Seven Stories, bringing the total to November SO FAR to 1,307 lucky pupils who enjoyed the work and interactive workshops with […]
Published 20.11.2019 This fantastic workshop is starting at Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books this Saturday and running until 23rd December. What an amazing festive treat for children – and adults! I know we’ll be there! The Polar Express Festive Story Workshop Psst! Do you believe? This winter pop on your pyjamas and […]
Published 19.11.2019 Thank you all for your regular generous donations to The BAY Foodbank, we know how much they appreciate your kindness! As it’s not long now until Christmas(!) they really need festive treats for youngsters, such as selection boxes or small prezzies, although regular ‘staples’ are still very much needed. Also, hats, gloves and […]
Published 18.11.2019 It’s Monday Motivation time! At the start of yet another busy week, we know this is certainly true of all our fantastic team of teachers and teaching assistants!
Published 15.11.2019 We’re supporting Children in Need today, are you? We know so many of our schools are fundraising for this fabulous cause today – good luck to you all for your fantastic efforts! We’d love to see some of your photos if you get chance to post on our Facebook page!
Published 13.11.2019 What an amazing night last night, when the Elmer’s Great North Parade Auction raised a MASSIVE £182,200(!!!) for St Oswald’s Hospice! We are incredibly proud that our beautiful Elephish not only received the most votes on the trail, but also raised a massive £10,000 – reaching the highest bid of the evening! Whilst […]
Published 12.11.2019 TONIGHT IS ELMER AUCTION NIGHT!! Would you like be the proud owner of a Great North Elmer sculpture and help to raise funds for the wonderful St Oswald’s Hospice? Whether it’s to brighten your office, make a statement in your garden, or give to someone special as the ultimate surprise gift, you need […]
Published 11.11.2019 Just a little bit of much needed Monday motivation…….!
Published 09.11.2019 A last reminder! Don’t forget to head along to Newcastle Racecourse today and tomorrow for Elmer’s Farewell Weekend! Your very last chance to say goodbye to the herd and raise donations for St Oswald’s Hospice! Don’t let the weather put you off – there’s lots to do for all ages inside as well! […]
Published 08.11.2019 THANK YOU to all our wonderful supply team for all your hard work again this week – and what a busy week, phew! We hope you all have an amazing weekend!
Published 06.11.2019 We have TEN ADULT TICKETS, WORTH £7 EACH TO GIVE AWAY to our teachers and teaching assistants for this fantastic Farewell Event – your very last chance to say goodbye to the Elmer Herd! Call Jemma on 0191 251 5566 asap to get your tickets! First come, first served – MAXIMUM 2 per […]
Published 05.11.2019 Wow! You will NOT want to miss this! We’ve been lucky enough to see Michael reading from his stories, and explaining the inspiration behind them, and have seen how listeners of all ages are utterly spellbound! Book today for this lovely festive event! On Saturday 7 December at 5.30pm join author Michael Morpurgo […]
Published 04.11.2019 Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a fantastic half term break and enjoyed some much deserved rest and relaxation! Here’s to the next half term!
Published 01.11.2019 FINAL DAY!! See if you can unlock all the herd by 5pm today!! And as always, any donations to the wonderful St Oswald’s Hospice along the way would be much appreciated! Don’t let the rain stop you, it didn’t stop our Julia’s little ones on a wild and windy day recently! Keep sending […]
Published 31.10.2019 Just two days left to visit the the trail, and our own very special Elephish! Have you unlocked all the herd yet? Remember, once they leave their temporary homes, you can see all the herd together at Elmer’s Farewell Event at Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November. We can’t wait […]
Published 29 October 2019 This Spooky Science Lab sounds amazing! Why not go along to Seven Stories this half term and enjoy letting your spookily creative side go wild?! 🧙♀️🧙♂️ Drop into our Spooky Science Lab and discover creepy crafts, silly skeletons and strange specimens this half term. Have a go at making a spooky […]
Published 28.10.2019 This week will be your last chance to follow the fabulous Elmer’s Great North Parade before the herd are collected from their temporary homes and all moved together to Newcastle Racecourse for Elmer’s Farewell Event. The time has flown by, and as the Learning Programme Partner we’ve loved receiving all your photos with […]
Published 25.10.2019 Happy Half Term everyone!! We can’t believe it has come around so quickly, it seems like only a week or so until this incredibly busy term began! THANK YOU so much for all your hard work as always, we really do have the very best supply team! Enjoy your very well-deserved break everyone […]
Published 24.10.2019 Some lovely feedback for Team TA, specifically for Hannah this time from a very appreciative Wendy, who has secured another long term assigment through ourselves! Thank you Wendy, it’s lovely when the team receive such positive feedback! ☺️ x
Published 23.10.2019 A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to our First Class ‘donation station’ for St Oswald’s Hospice! Baby and toddler clothes are always in highest demand in the St Oswald’s shops, and we’ve been overwhelmed with your generosity in donating so many lovely things! You can also drop anything off to […]
Published 22.10.2019 Today we’d like to wish a very Happy Birthday to the lovely Jemma! Have a great day Jem and enjoy your celebrations! 😃🥳🎂🎉🎈 xxx
Published 18.10.2019 Just a very true thought for a Friday, especially after the incredibly busy week we’ve all had! This applies to all our amazing teachers – and all our amazing teaching assistants too! Have a great weekend everyone!
Published 17.10.2019 Hannah and Julia were both lucky enough to join in on our First Class Supply/Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books ‘Authors into Schools’ sessions yesterday! This time, the fantastic Vivian French, author of story books, non-fiction, picture books and plays, was interacting with an amazing 555 pupils from 7 local schools, […]
Published 16.10.2019 It’s not too late! The lovely people at Newcastle United Foundation are taking bookings now for their half term holiday soccer schools, which are being held in North Tyneside, Newcastle, Northumberland and Durham. The courses are a great way for children to stay active during school holidays. Open to girls and boys of […]
Published 15.10.2019 What a lovely idea this is! We here at First Class Supply would love to hear about your favourite memories of the trail too, especially if you have any special memories of our very own Elephish at his home at the Dome! Please do let us know and we’ll pass them on to […]
Published 14.10.2019 Really looking forward to our two Seven Stories ‘Authors into Schools’ sessions today, with the fantastic Emily Hughes illustrating her adventures with Charlie and Mouse! These two sessions will reach a massive 335 Year 1 to Year 4 pupils today alone! Delighted that we’re helping our regions children discover and enhance their love […]
Published 11/10/2019 Hannah and Debs had a wonderful day at yesterday’s Schools North East Annual Conference. Thank you to everyone that came to see us. Stay tuned to find out who wins the fabulously festive Seven Stories session for their school!
Published 10.10.2019 We are very excited to attend the Schools North East Annual Conference at St James’ Park today, with Key Note Speaker Lord Theodore Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System. These are always excellent, hugely informative events, and Fran and Hannah will be on hand to greet many of our […]
Published 09.10.2019 Such a busy week this week! We are really looking forward to this event at Seven Stories tomorrow evening! Hope to see you there! 20 Years in Illustration: In Conversation with Lauren Child Lauren Child is an award-winning author and illustrator, best known for the incredibly popular Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean […]
Published 08.10.2019 Thanks so much to everyone who responded to our ad last week! Those long term TA jobs just keep coming! We are always looking for TAs, LSAs and Nursery Nurses for long term and short term positions as well as those who are experienced in working with pupils with additional needs. Please call […]
Published 07.10.2019 This is certainly true of all our amazing supply team – teachers and TAs alike! Thank you so much for all your hard work – and we all hope you have a fantastic week!
Published 04.10.2019 Just to say a really big thank you to everyone who has been along to our office to leave donations for The Bay Foodbank over the past few weeks! You’re all so kind and we, and The Bay do appreciate all you do to help. Thank you too, to the two generous people […]
Published 03.10.2019 We’ve facilitated some fantastic ‘Authors into Schools’ sessions recently! These are always really popular and very interactive events, loved by pupils and adults alike! Thank you to the fabulous trio Aisha Bushby – ‘A Pocketful of Stars’, Lucy Powrie – ‘Paper Hearts Society’ on ‘How I wrote a Book as a Teenager’ and […]
Published 02.10.2019 Hannah and Julia, aka Team TA, have been inundated with long term and day to day assignments already this term. They desperately need qualified and experienced LSAs and TAs to work in a number of roles, including many to work with pupils with additional needs. Please contact Julia or Hannah on 0191 251 […]
Published 01.10.2019 Only one month left to enjoy Elmer’s Great North Parade! The herd will be on display until 1st November and then taken away to join in the stampede finale and eventual auction! You still have time to visit and unlock them all, and of course, to make your donations, no matter how small, […]
Published 30.09.2019 Another Monday, another week, and very wise words for our fabulous teachers and fantastic teaching assistants! Hope you all have a great week!
Published 27.09.2019 Yesterday evening’s course ‘Guidance for Safer Working Practice for those working with children, including childen in care: The importance of education’ was a huge success! Thank you so much to trainer Adam Hall, the feedback we have received on his training and course content has been amazing. Thanks so much to everyone who […]
Published 26.09.2019 We will be running these hugely popular, and hugely important courses, free of charge throughout the year. Please note details again for tonight’s course:
Published 25.09.2019 This fantastic Drawing Words exhibition is on now at Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books, and brings together some of the most exciting children’s book illustrations to come out of the UK! Reserve your places as this really will be a treat for youngsters and adults alike and it’s running until […]
Published 24.09.2019 Are you a Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant or Nursery Nurse looking to join an incredibly busy, very supportive supply team? Do you have experience of working within an SEN environment or on a one to one basis? Please contact us for further information on how we can progress your career! Tel 0191 […]
Published 23.09.2019 Lesley and Steph were delighted to visit the NUFC training ground on Friday, to see how the new ‘Sensory Backpacks’ sponsored by First Class, were enjoyed by young fans! These amazing backpacks were introduced to youngsters at the match on Saturday, being the brainchild of NUFC to make matchday a more comfortable and […]
Published 22.09.2019 Today we’re wishing a very special Happy 35th Anniversary to our very talented web designer and marketing whizz John, and his lovely wife Linda, who is one of our longest standing First Class TA’s, who no doubt many of you will know! Congratulations and Happy special anniversary to you both, hope you have […]
Published 20.09.2019 What a wonderful thank you! We are delighted First Class could help these pupils to have such an amazing day! And Hannah went above and beyond with her specially made travel treat bags! What a lovely letter to receive! 🙂
Published 19.09.2019 The lovely people at Newcastle United Foundation are taking bookings now for their half term holiday soccer schools, which are being held in North Tyneside, Newcastle, Northumberland and Durham. The courses are a great way for children to stay active during school holidays. Open to girls and boys of all abilities aged five […]
Published 18.09.2019 What a fab surprise to have a visit from the lovely Cristina yesterday! What a lovely card – and all these gorgeous homemade cakes! You spoil Team TA and all of us in the office Cristina! Thank you SO much and thank YOU for all your hard work!
Published 17.09.2019 Another term and another year packed full with fantastic First Class/Seven Stories ‘Authors into Schools’ sessions! You might remember our partnership kicked off in style last term with Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell headlining an amazing session for hundreds of local children? This new season proves to be just as exciting, with four local […]
Published 13.09.2019 It’s promising to be lovely and sunny this weekend. Why not spend the time visiting the Elmer Trail and see how many gorgeous Elmer’s you can unlock?! Remember, the lovely people at St Oswald’s Hospice will be delighted with any donation you can give, no matter how small! Don’t forget to include visiting […]
Published 12.09.2019 During the visit from the lovely Laura from St Oswald’s Hospice last week, we had a conversation about the most sought after items in donation bags. By far and away the most in-demand items are baby and toddler clothes, apparently these fly out of the shops almost as soon as they come in. […]
Published 11.09.2019 Today we’d like to introduce you all to the lovely Ellice, who joined us last week, on the first day of term. She is part of the admin team, and no doubt you will be speaking to her soon if you haven’t already. She’s quickly become a popular member of the team, and […]
Published 09.09.2019 We had a very special visit last week from the lovely Laura from St Oswald’s Hospice, who came to collect the 18(!!!) bags of unwanted clothing and household items the First Class team donated to raise funds for the hospice! We will shortly be working with the hospice on an exciting new project, […]
Published 06.09.2019 It’s a little early, but today we’d like to wish the lovely Lesley, one of our Director’s and co-founders, a very happy special birthday! Hope you have a fantastic birthday on Sunday Lesley and enjoy all your weekend celebrations! 🥳 We can’t wait to see you on Monday…… 😆 x
Published 05.09.2019 Have you ‘herd’ – our beautiful Elephish still has the most votes from the Elmer’s Great North Parade trail – well he is gorgeous! Don’t forget to keep unlocking the Elmer’s along the trail and remember you can donate as much as you like as you unlock the codes. Let’s help St Oswald’s […]
Published 04.09.2019 Isn’t this a fantastic idea from our friends over at Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books! Bring your most-loved books along to our Brilliant Bookswap and share your joy of reading with a perfect stranger! Simply take your favourite book, place a message inside explaining why you loved it so much […]
Published 03.09.2019 It was wonderful to have a visit from one of our lovely SBM’s last week, together with her delightful four-legged friend, Merlin! They both certainly brightened our day – and Nikki, thank you SO much for your gorgeous cake, it was absolutely delicious!
Published 2 September 2019 A big WELCOME BACK to all our lovely teachers, TAs and our friends in school! It’s been lovely to see so many of you over the holidays, although we’ve missed talking to everybody every day! We hope you’ve had a fantastic summer break and we’re really looking forward to working with […]
Published 30.08.2019 If you’re out and about on the St Oswald’s Hospice Elmer’s Great North Parade trail, don’t forget The Little Herd! Here are the the ones we gifted to six of our partner schools – haven’t the children made a fantastic job of decorating them! See if you can spot them on the trail! […]
Published 29.08.2019 We were delighted to see the lovely Alison when she popped in to see us! Thank you so much Alison for the lovely card, and for the delicious cakes! We all wish you loads of luck in your new job – please do keep in touch as we’ll miss you too and we’ll […]
Published 28.08.2019 Tomorrow is your last chance to join in this lovely Bear Hunt and Picnic! Join our friends Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books on a very special hunt around the Ouseburn valley, followed by a picnic and story session! Suitable for children aged 4+ and their families, and your own teddy […]
Published 26.08.2019 Did you know today is International Dog Day?! We’re a team of dog lovers at First Class Supply, and we know from all the doggy visitors you bring to see us that you are too! We’d love to see pics of you and your pooches enjoying the bank holiday sunshine! Just post to […]
Published 23.08.2019 It’s BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND! Yessss! We hope you all have a lovely weekend, and a special shout out to our friends in school who have also been working throughout the holidays! Enjoy your time to relax and enjoy the sunshine!! Why not join Florence and Aaron on Elmer’s Great North Parade? We’d love […]
Published 22.08.2019 What an amazing day the launch of Elmer’s Great North Parade was yesterday! As Learning Programme Partners for the trail, we had a fantastic time at The Word when Hebburn schoolchildren brought their little Elmer, Hans, to officially start the trail! Then with our very own fantastic Elmer, Elephish and his artist Joanne […]
Published 21.08.2019 It’s finally here! Elmer’s Great North Parade starts today! 🐘🐘🐘 Lots of exciting things are happening – keep your eyes on the local news tonight! Learning Programme Partner excitement to the max already!
Published 20.08.2019 Only one day to go until Elmer’s Great North Parade begins! Very exciting times – we’ll have lots to share with you over the next few days and weeks!
Published 19.08.2019 Can’t believe this was a month ago! What a great week with lots of ‘Take Over Days,’ giving pupils the opportunity to learn about tag rugby from the coaching team from Newcastle Falcons! They had a great time!
Published 16.08.2019 Fish and chips at lunch time, gin in the afternoon, AND we finish at 4! This is how we roll! Happy weekend everybody!!
Published 16.08.2019 We attended a very special Elmer’s Great North Parade event yesterday, and previewed the 50 ‘Big Elmers’ making up the Elmer Trail! All 50 are fabulous and the trail is going to be amazing! We can’t show photos from the event yet, but we did come away with a very important message from […]
Published 15.08.2019 Thank you to Anna for this lovely feedback! Thank you too for all your hard work – and we know you’ll be fantastic in your new job! We’ll miss you! If you’re reading this post and are considering a career in supply teaching, we can help! Contact us on 0191 251 5566 or […]
Published 14.08.2019 We are really excited about the start of the Elmer Trail! There are going to be lots of exciting things happening in the next week and throughout the trail! Amongst all the excitement, we should remember that the purpose of the trail is to help raise much-needed funds for the fantastic St Oswald’s […]
Published 13.08.2019 Today is your last chance to join in this great event which our friends at Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books are holding in the Ouseburn Valley today. What a lovely day to explore, learn and discover how to use all your senses! Check out our Facebook page for full details.
Published 12.08.2019 We love this quote, and it’s so true!
Published 09.08.2019 It has been lovely to see so many visitors over the summer so far, and a huge thank you for all your thoughtful prezzies and lovely cards! They really are much appreciated by us all! Sorry we can’t include all the pics here, but do visit our Facebook page for loads more pics!💐✉️🍾🍫 […]
Published 08.08.2019 We loved this day so much we’re having a throwback to our AMAZING Authors into Schools programme launch event with Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books last month! This is where Cressida Cowell (author of How To Train Your Dragon and now Children’s Laureate) was inspiring North East children about writing, […]
Published 07.08.2019 Thank you James for providing us with this fantastic feedback! We have had a hugely busy summer here at First Class Supply registering lots of new teachers and teaching assistants joining the First Class team! If you would like to join our existing team, please contact us on 0191 251 5566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published 06.08.2019 There are lots of fantastic local events for children of all ages this summer. Have you heard of these events for very young children held almost daily at Churchill Playing Fields and around Whitley Bay? Great way to spend a few hours with your little ones!
Published 05.08.2019 We’ve loved seeing so many of you when you’ve popped into the office and told us about your plans for the summer! From holidays in Bali to decorating the house, it seems like everyone is doing something! Look forward to hearing what everyone is up to – you can leave a comment on […]
Published 02.08.2019 Look at these fantastic ‘Little Elmers’! They have all been decorated by pupils from the six schools we sponsored to have their very own Little Elmer! We’re delighted to see how fabulous they all look and can’t wait to see them on the Elmer trail! 🐘
Published 01.08.2019 Why not head over to South Shields today, for an afternoon of fun for all the family? This fantastic event is free, and is based around games for children of all ages. There’s one next week on the 8th August too, details below! Enjoy free afternoons of fun, games and activities featuring a […]
Published 31.07.2019 Buy your ticket from the Foodbank office for this fabulous fundraising night and help them to raise much needed funds for a new van!! Lorraine Crosby brings her band to The Exchange to perform ‘The Music of Abba’ for one night only, with spectacular vocals and world-class musicians. This thoroughly entertaining show will […]
Published 30.07.2019 Thank you Chris, for taking the time to send us this lovely testimonial! It makes us really proud when we receive things like this, what fantastic teachers and teaching assistants we have!
Published 29.07.2019 We still like to do our Monday Motivations, even in the holidays! We’d love to hear your thoughts on why you chose to go into teaching – you can post your comments on our Facebook page. Can’t wait to hear from you!
Published 26.07.19 Don’t forget the fabulous Elmer Exhibition is currently on display at Seven Stories. It really is worth a visit and a great way to spend a day! Something to get everybody in the mood before the trail starts on 21st August!
Published 25.07.19 We know so many of you will appreciate this! Hope you’re re-charging your batteries and enjoying this fabulous weather!
Published 24.07.2019 A huge thank you to Susan for these lovely words! Thank you too Susan! Your hard work over the past few years has been amazing!
Published 23 July 2019 Not only is it the start of the summer break, but it’s our second birthday of the week at First Class! Today we’d like to wish the lovely Pam a very happy significant birthday!! Have a great day Pam, enjoy all your celebrations and enjoy your week off too! 🙂 x
Published 22 July 2019 A big happy birthday to the lovely Megan, who is celebrating her birthday today – what a great day to have a birthday on the first day of the summer break! Have a fab day off Megan, and enjoy all your birthday celebrations!
Published 19.07.2019 We would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of our fantastic teachers, teaching assistants and admin staff for all their hard work throughout the whole of this academic year! You have all been amazing and we hope you all enjoy a fantastic summer break and take some time to relax […]
Published 18.07.2019 These fantastic Newcastle United Foundation summer schools are running throughout the holidays. Don’t forget to book in your budding footie stars of the future before it’s too late!!
Published 17.07.19 Our Teachers change the world AND so do our Teaching Assistants!! 🌎
Published 16 July 2019 A huge thank you to the lovely Michelle for sending this cake, together with an equally lovely card to thank Hannah and Julia for everything this academic year! Thank YOU Michelle, from all the First Class team for all your hard work this year, you have been amazing! x
Published 15/07/2019 HAPPY BIRTHDAY JONATHAN! We hope you enjoyed your birthday celebrations over the weekend.
Published 12/07/2019 What a week! We have donated Take Over Days to 6 schools this week! 1,200 pupils have enjoyed tag rugby sessions delivered by Newcastle Falcons – we love facilitating events like these.
Published 11 July 2019 We are delighted to be attending the book launch of our former HR Advisor and now author Eileen Hogg! Come on along to Simpson’s at Whitley Lodge until noon today, where she will be signing copies of her fantastic debut novel The Stalker’s Song, written under her pen name Georgia E […]
Published 10 July 2019 What a lovely thank you hamper and lovely cards from the DigiLadies and LittleDigiLadies, led by the inspirational Laura Dickinson from NTLT! We were absolutely delighted to support this great initiative to inspire a love of technology, and we have really loved following their progress. Can’t believe they have just celebrated […]
Published 9 July 2019 And our teachers and teaching assistants certainly do this, every day!
Published 08/07/2019 What a fab surprise we had on Friday when our lovely teacher Maureen, together with hubby Ben, came to see us with this lovely card and treats! Thank you so much Maureen and Ben, it was so nice to see you both as always! Have a fantastic summer break
Published 04.07.19 Look at these budding footie stars of the future! Here’s Fran with the Headteacher of one of our partner primary schools, with these fantastic full football kits! We were delighted to donate these to the school and can’t wait to see the teams in action!
Published 03.07.2019 Just a few words of wisdom for our fabulous teachers and Teaching Assistants ……!
Published 02.07.2019 We have now seen our finished Elmer, designed and painted by Cullercoats based artist, Joanne Wishart! We are SO excited, but still sworn to absolute secrecy for now. We cannot wait for the big reveal, and we are sure everyone will love our Elmer as much as we do, he’s absolutely gorgeous! So […]
Published 01.07.2019 Thank you to The Bookseller magazine for the great coverage of our partnership with Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books on their Authors into Schools programme! We’re so excited to be involved in this inspirational new programme! Read more here: www.thebookseller.com/…/new-sponsor-seven-stories-authors-s…
Published 28.06.2019 Early Happy Birthday to the lovely Steph! It’s actually her special day on Saturday, but we’re starting the celebrations off here a day early! Have a great day Steph, and enjoy your birthday weekend celebrations! xxx
Published 27/06/2019 In a week full of exciting news, First Class Supply are delighted to announce that we are further enhancing our partnership with Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books as sponsors and supporters of the fantastic ‘Authors into Schools and Learning Programme’ for 2019/2020! This really is an exciting new programme and […]
Posted 25/06/2019 Exciting News Alert! We are delighted to announce that the artist we will be working with to create our very own Elmer for Elmer’s Great North Parade, is the fabulous Joanne Wishart – Artist, from the Wishart Gallery in Cullercoats! We fell in love with Joanne’s design and loved the fact that she […]
Published 24/06/2019 We didn’t think it would be possible to better last year’s festival, but once again, a truly amazing day was had by all involved! We have already received some fantastic feedback, and we’re delighted to hear how much all the teams enjoyed their day! Thank you so much to all the professionals […]
Published 20/06/2019 The fourth IRON Press Festival of Words and Music is taking place from Thursday to Sunday, and across Cullercoats seafront venues this weekend! There will also be 2 afternoons of fantastic, al-fresco, free live music at the Music Festival Fringe on the seafront at Cullercoats, located on the corner of Mast Lane […]
Published 19 June 2019 Today is National ‘Thank a Teacher’ Day! We would like to say a huge thank you to ALL our lovely Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Nursery Nursers and Learning Support Assistants for all the fantastic work you do every day! You are an amazing team of hard working and dedicated professionals! THANK YOU!
Published 18 June 2019 We were delighted to have our young helpers from Rockcliffe First School join us in the office again yesterday for Student Takeover Day! Some of you may have spoken to them on the phone and we know how impressed you were! It was lovely to see you all and thank you […]
Published 17/06/2019 Through our ongoing partnership with the Newcastle Falcons and Newcastle Rugby Foundation we are holding another Tag Rugby tournament this year! It was a fantastic turnout and a really brilliant day of sport and professional coaching last year, and we are looking forward to an equally fantastic event this year! Can’t wait to […]
Published 14/06/2019 Amy went to one of our partner schools in Northumberland today to spend the day with Year 6 for a Michael Morpurgo creative writing session, showcasing the process Michael goes through to create the classics we know and love… Another great session delivered to one of our partner schools through our partnership with […]
Published 14/06/2019 We just want to let you know about a fantastic charity event taking place on Friday 19th July to raise money for the World Transplant Games! The Afternoon Tea “with a twist” event is taking place ahead of the World Transplant Games in Newcastle and Gateshead this Summer. It’s sure to be […]
Published 13/06/2019 Fran, Hannah and Kate are at the Schools North East School Business Management Conference at St James’ Park today at stand 13! Come and say hello 👋 we’re looking forward to meeting you all.
Published 12/06/2019 We would like to wish the lovely Lana a very happy birthday. We hope you have a fabulous day
Published 06/06/2019 There is just 1 week to go to the Schools North East Business Managers Conference at St James’ Park! Look out for Fran, Kate and Hannah who will be attending. Here’s the fantastic hamper that we will be giving away. Please visit the First Class stand to enter into the prize draw […]
Published 04/06/2019 We just want to say what a fantastic job our friends at St Oswald’s Hospice are doing to raise much needed funds through Elmer’s Great North Parade campaign. At the end of the parade, they hope to have raised a minimum of £500,000 for the hospice! As the Learning Programme Partner for the […]
Published 03/06/2019 You all make the world a better place!
Published 31/05/2019 We were delighted to facilitate 2 highly sought after courses over the May half-term! We would like to say a huge thank you to our friends – Eric from Inter-Face who delivered our Team Teach course and Chris and Chris from First Aid North East who delivered our Paediatric First Aid course. […]
Published 30 May 2019 As part of our long-standing partnership with John Spence Community High School, we thought the mindfulness course would be perfect for the school in line with its outstanding commitment to education and care for its students. Mindfulness is becoming an increasingly popular practice in helping people with social and emotional learning, […]
Published 29 May 2019 Today we’re delighted to welcome the lovely Kate back to work after having gorgeous baby Max last August! We know lots of our Secondary Teachers, as well as our friends in schools have missed her, and know you’ll be looking forward to catching up with her next week! Welcome back Kate, […]
Published 28 May 2019 ……. to kick-start your Tuesday!
Published 25 May 2019 It’s Elmer Day today and not only that, but it’s Elmer’s 30th birthday too! The countdown is on until Elmer’s Great North Parade… we’re so pleased to be this year’s Learning Programme Partner and can’t wait to join in all the exciting events! Keep a look-out for updates 🐘
Published 25/05/2019 Thank you to everyone who came along to our Durham Open Day at Radisson Blu today. Pam, Carol and Jemma had a fantastic day! The whole team here at First Class Supply are looking forward to working with you all very soon!
Published 24.05.19 To all of our brilliant teachers, TAs, and all our friends in school – have a wonderful half term! We’ll see some of you on our Team Teach and Paediatric First Aid courses next week 😃 Enjoy your break and thank you all as always for all your hard work!
Published 23 May 2019 We’ve had another fantastic week so far with 3 Take Over Days with Newcastle Falcons, and we have another planned for tomorrow! The pupils have had so much fun learning all about tag rugby – we love facilitating events like these! 🏈🏈
Published 22 May 2019 Today we are celebrating two birthdays at First Class! The lovely Amy who has her birthday today, and the lovely Emma who has her birthday on Friday. Happy Birthday to you both – enjoy your celebrations! Emma, enjoy the rest of the week off, and Amy, enjoy continuing your celebrations in […]
Published 21 May 2019 We can’t wait for our open day on Saturday in Durham! We’re fully booked and really looking forward to meeting you all. If you haven’t made an appointment, do still pop by and meet the team, we’d love to see you!
Published 20/05/2019 Hannah had a brilliant time at the Elmer reveal assembly at St Wilfrid’s on Friday! We hope you enjoy having your very own Elmer.
Published 17 May 2019 We hope all our ultra-hardworking Teachers and TAs, and all our friends in schools have a fab weekend, you certainly deserve it! Enjoy everybody!
Published 16 May 2019 Do you know this is National Walk to Work Week? Together with the Daily Mile, a great initiative to help keep our children fit and healthy! Are you and your school taking part?
Published 15 May 2019 Amid all the excitement this week, we mustn’t forget that it is Mental Health Awareness Week. Many of you in our schools will know that this is something we at First Class are very supportive of, and that it is an issue very close to our hearts. We will be […]
Published 13/05/2019 Wow, what a night at the Stampede Artist and Sponsor Matching event for Elmer’s Great North Parade! We’re so excited to have chosen the design for our Elmer and can’t wait to show you all. Stay tuned…
Published 10/05/2019 This week has been amazing, we have had the pleasure of attending Little Heard reveal assemblies at some of our partner schools! It has been wonderful seeing the excitement on all the pupils’ faces when their Elmer was revealed and hearing about all their ideas on how they are going to decorate their […]
Published 09/05/2019 There is excitement all round in the First Class Supply office this week! On Monday we will get to select a design and its artist will be commissioned to paint the First Class Supply Elmer Sculpture ahead of the trail starting this August.
Published 08/05/2019 It’s National Share A Story month this month – A great time to share an image from a Reading For Pleasure workshops we’ve facilitated with the brilliant Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books
Published 7 May 2019 We received this lovely thank you note from The BAY Foodbank this morning, in response to our ongoing support of regular food donations. We are very happy to help such a wonderful local charity, you guys do an amazing job!
Published 3 May 2019 It’s birthday time again at First Class! Today we’re celebrating the birthday of the lovely Julia! We’re sure lots of you out there would love to join us in wishing her a very Happy Birthday too! Have a great day Julia, and enjoy all your birthday and weekend celebrations! xx […]
Published 2 May 2019 Wow, look at how some of our partner schools have prepared for their Elmer’s arrival! Great to see our donation sparking lots of creativity in the classroom 🐘 Can’t wait to see what happens next!
Published 1 May 2019 The excitement increases! On Monday and Tuesday this week, our Elmer’s were delivered to the six partner schools we have donated them to! There is much secrecy for the pupils so far, but here’s a sneak peak of some of them before they are revealed to the children and prior to […]
Published 30 April 2019 This is what makes everything worthwhile… thank you Karina for your lovely words! They are much appreciated!
Published 26 April 2019 Today we’re celebrating the birthday of the lovely Frances! We’re sure lots of you out there would love to wish Fran a very Happy Birthday for tomorrow too! Have a great day Fran, and enjoy all your celebrations! xx
Published 26 April 2019 Thank you Education for Everybody for the great coverage on the mindfulness workshops at John Spence Community High School! This is such an important topic and we were delighted to sponsor such a fantastic programme, and encourage these workshops within our partner schools. Contact Jemma on 0191 251 5566 if […]
Published 25 April 2019 Lovely afternoon at Motel One for the first ‘Better Together’ networking event organised by the wonderful St Oswald’s Hospice. Great to meet fellow Great North Elmer sponsors 🐘 We can’t wait for the parade to begin and to share more exciting news with you VERY soon!
Published 24 April 2019 We love these words of wisdom – very true!
Published 23 April 2019 We were busy over the Easter holidays! In addition to the Team-Teach course held during the break, we were also delighted to hold a Paediatric First Aid course. We provided this vital training free of charge to our supply team, here are the 20 teachers and teaching assistants who are […]
Published 18 April 2019 We are always incredibly busy here at First Class Supply, with both day-to-day and long term assignments throughout the whole primary age range and in all secondary sectors. We are also incredibly busy with Teaching Assistant and SEN roles. We have REAL long term assignments available in all sectors and […]
Published 17 April 2019 How good are our very own Julia and Hannah, also known as ‘Team TA!’ They are both now fully Team-Teach certified – here they are with their certificates. Not only that, but they will be attending further Team-Teach training later on this year, so they will be able to deliver […]
Published 15 April 2019 Don’t forget to get your tickets for your chance to win this fantastic hamper from St Oswald’s Hospice! Tickets are just £1 for a strip of five, and all proceeds will go directly to the hospice. For your chance to win and to help raise much needed funds for St […]
Published 14 April 2019
Published 12 April 2019 We were delighted to facilitate another brilliant Team Teach course over Tuesday and Wednesday this week! Great that so many of our fantastic supply team now have this much sought after qualification, as well as our very own Hannah who did the course too! Well done everyone – and thank […]
Published 11 April Jemma had a fantastic time at one of our partner schools last Friday! They were delighted that we’d facilitated a very special treat! A magician to go into school on their Easter Fun Day – very happy faces all round 🤩
Published 10 April 2019 A huge thank you to one of our primary teachers, the lovely Laura and her daughter Izzy! They made and decorated these fab cakes and brought them in especially for us – they are absolutely delicious! Thank you, what a lovely treat! 🐣
What a fab Easter treat! We were delighted to see the lovely Kate and her gorgeous baby boy Max – can you believe he is 8 months now?! Kate will be back from her maternity leave at the end of May, and is really looking forward to catching up with all the secondary teachers and […]
We would like to wish all our fantastic teachers and TA’s a very Happy Easter! We hope you all enjoy the holidays, and a very well deserved rest – what a term it has been! A huge thank you to you all for your incredibly hard work, you have all been brilliant! A very Happy […]
Thank you for submitting your entry into our Easter competition! We were overwhelmed by the number of you who took part! There are 536 eggs in the jar – we actually had 2 correct guesses, which meant we had to pull the winners name from a hat. We are delighted to confirm that the lucky […]
We are delighted that due to our ongoing partnership with the Newcastle Falcons their coaches delivered a great session at Cullercoats Primary School earlier this week! There were many happy faces as you can see! Thank you Falcons! It really is wonderful that we are able to facilitate these fantastic sporting opportunities for so many […]
Lesley and Steph had a fantastic time at the Elmer Sponsor Briefing event last night! Great to catch up with so many of our friends from St Oswald’s Hospice and to meet fellow sponsors. We’re delighted to be the Learning Programme Sponsor for Elmer’s Great North Parade – there’s lots of exciting things about to […]
Another brilliant Seven Stories session! So pleased the pupils enjoyed themselves – we are delighted to facilitate these fantastic workshops in our partner schools! 📚 Published 3 April 2019
There’s just 1 DAY left to enter our Easter competition! For your chance to WIN a free Crazy Creatures North East session for your school AND the chocolate jar, can you guess how many eggs are in the jar? 🐣🐥🍫 Published 2 April 2019
Julia had a fantastic time this morning at one of our wonderful ‘Falcons Take Over Days!’ We donated this day-long session to one of our South Tyneside partner schools – the pupils are loving their experience and having loads of fun playing rugby with the Newcastle Falcons coaches and professionals! Published 1 April 2019
We’re doing an Easter raffle here at First Class Supply on behalf of our partners, the wonderful St Oswald’s Hospice! You could win this fantastic Easter hamper! Tickets are just £1 a strip – just pop into our reception to get yours and help us support this wonderful cause! The winner will be announced on […]
As part of our commitment to raising standards in schools, First Class Supply are offering FREE Using iPad’s in the classroom training. This training will be delivered by Laura Dickinson, eLearning Lead Practitioner for North Tyneside Learning Trust, Apple Distinguished Educator, Apple Education Trainer and Apple Teacher with Swift Playgrounds recognition. This week, we had […]
At First Class Supply we are committed to equal treatment of all employees regardless of their gender. As a company we always pay Men and Women of the same experience level the same amount for undertaking the same role. Having completed our Gender Pay Gap Report we have found that a higher percentage of our […]
Lesley and Steph just cannot believe that it is 15 years since they started First Class Supply In 2004!! It seems like yesterday that we nervously waited for the phone to ring – and it has not stopped since….. We would like to say a HUGE and heartfelt ‘THANK YOU’ to our schools – most […]
We are delighted that the pupils at St Aidan’s loved their ‘Reading for Pleasure’ workshop, it’s fantastic to be able to offer these educational and fun events to our partner schools! Thank you Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books, it’s great working in partnership with you!
We were delighted to facilitate a day-long Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books session at one of our partner schools yesterday! Years 2 to 4 from Balliol Primary had a fantastic time in their ‘Reading for Pleasure’ workshops! Thank you Elena 🌟
First Class Supply are delighted to showcase some of the fantastic children’s entries from the ‘Whitley Bay Poetry Festival’ competition, in conjunction with the Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade. There are some amazing entries from our local school pupils, what budding talents we’ve got out there! Good luck to everyone who entered, it’s going to […]
Jemma had a lovely time visiting two of our partner schools on Friday. She was there to donate 40 First Class tickets to each school, for some of their best attenders and their families to attend ‘The Big One’ at St James’ Park on Saturday! The Newcastle Falcons will be playing Sales Sharks and it […]
COMPETITION TIME! As it was so popular last year, we’re delighted to be running the ‘How many Easter Eggs are in the jar’ competition again! The amazing prize this year is a ‘Crazy Creatures’ educational full day session to be delivered on site by a professional animal handler! Entries in no later than 2nd April […]
Spaces to join our First Class Supply Festival of Rugby are filling up fast! Has your school signed up to the First Class Supply Tag Rugby Tournament yet? It’s open to primary and secondary schools this summer and held at Newcastle Falcons: 🏈 21 June – primary schools (AM) & secondary schools (PM) 📧 Email […]
This week, Year 8 students from Newminster Middle School will be going to The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham – the largest celebration of STEM for young people in the UK. We’re so pleased we could sponsor the trip – what a fantastic opportunity for the next generation!
A lovely article in the Whitley Bay Guardian: A group of children are to visit France thanks to the generosity of fundraisers. Hundreds of people attended a charity ball to raise money to take five disabled and disadvantaged pupils from St Thomas More RC Academy in North Shields and local primary schools to Lourdes during […]
Steph is having a fantastic time at Whitehouse Primary! How lucky is she that her weekly reading session is on #WorldBookDay this week… Don’t these readers look fab! 📚
A huge thank you to the lovely Michelle! Hannah was delighted to receive these lovely flowers, chocs and card! Thanks so much Michelle, what a lovely thought – and thank you for all you do for us too!
Here’s Amy with the Head of Wallsend Jubilee Primary School! First Class Supply proudly sponsored the production of the school’s Ofsted banners so that each visitor can see the fantastic feedback the school received in their most recent inspection. We are so proud of our partnership with this fantastic school! Well done!
Today we are celebrating our lovely Julia being with us for a whole decade, ten years tomorrow in fact! We have totally surprised her with a special anniversary celebration and she’s been all emotional! We are sure many of you would like to send her best wishes and help her to celebrate her happy day! […]
The First Class Supply Festival of Rugby was so popular last year, our friends at Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club have organised another First Class event this year! To find out how you can enter your rugby team into a schools tournament at Kingston Park, please contact Jemma on 0191 251 5566. Places are going really […]
We jumped at the chance of being the official sponsor for the Little DigiLadies visit to the Bett Show in London! Thank you for the lovely coverage News Guardian 🗞
Welcome back to school everyone! There is definitely something to be said for inspiring students and getting them excited to learn on the first day back 😃
What a lovely card to brighten our day! Thank YOU Laura for all your hard work, and lots of luck in your new job, you’ll be amazing! 🌟
Looking for a new challenge this February? Joining First Class Supply may just be what you’re looking for! Email us at email@example.com to find out what opportunities are available for teachers and teaching assistants in the North East! http://www.firstclasssupply.co.uk/jobs.php If you are an experienced educational consultant hoping to make a change in your working life, […]
Brilliant feedback from Beacon Hill School on the Seven Stories SEN session we facilitated last week! We’re so pleased everyone enjoyed it and are delighted we can facilitate these fantastic sessions in our schools!
Is it half term already?! We would like to say a massive thank you to all our fabulous, hard working supply team who have worked so hard in our partner schools this half term. Thanks too to all our friends in school who we work with every day. You are all amazing and we hope […]
Today we’ve hosted a student take over day in the First Class Supply office! You might have seen some new faces on reception and spoken to our office trainees over the telephone during the course of the day. This is the third year we have welcomed trainees into our office. They completed some very important […]
We were thrilled to meet Elmer author, David McKee, at ‘The Colourful World of David McKee’ exhibition opening at Seven Stories! We went along to the launch on Tuesday and what an inspiring day! We are so proud to be the Learning Programme Partners for Elmer and the exhibition is a must-visit! Do contact us […]
We at First Class Supply are the official Learning Programme Partner for Elmer’s Great North Parade. We are absolutely delighted that our own Elmer will be sited at Spanish City, Whitley Bay. As a local company, employing local people, it was really important to us that we ‘brought Elmer home.’ Check this website and our […]
As part of the First Class Supply Schools Connections Programme, our ongoing partnership with Newcastle Falcons has enabled over 1,500 young people receive additional rugby coaching. This really is an important partnership for us, making a very real difference to our schools and their pupils. Don’t forget to register your interest for our upcoming First […]
Another week, another birthday! Today we’d like to wish our lovely Alex a very happy birthday! The red velvet cake was absolutely delicious, the team may never be the same again! Have a great day Alex and enjoy your celebrations this evening and at the weekend! 🙂
Today we had the pleasure of meeting Peter who volunteers at The BAY Foodbank. We have donated 50 luxury chocolate brownies for them to distribute to their service users. The BAY Foodbank aims to provide emergency food provision to individuals or families experiencing a financial crisis. This crisis happens when a family have no money […]
First Class Supply were proud to sponsor Schools North East’s Academies Conference for a second year in a row. We managed to get our friend Elmer to tag along with us. It was lovely seeing lots of familiar faces and it was lovely getting to know some new ones too
We’d like to wish a Very Happy Birthday to our lovely Hannah, our TA and SEN specialist! Monday is not the best day for a birthday but we know she enjoyed her celebrations at the weekend and is looking forward to next weekend too! Happy Birthday Han, have a lovely day! 🙂
First Class Supply are the proud sponsors of 20 girls from North East primary schools have had the chance to attend the British Educational Training and Technology Show at ExCel, London! Pupils, aged from 7 to 11, who attend 5 primary schools in the North East, visited the exhibition with their teachers as part of […]
We had a brilliant day at the Schools North East’s Literacy & Numeracy Metacognition Masterclasses! One again, we were the proud sponsors of yet another fantastic Schools North East event!
IMMEDIATE FULL-TIME, LONG-TERM TEACHING ASSISTANT VACANCIES AVAILABLE NOW! We are working on a large number of Full-Time, Long-Term Teaching Assistant positions within Nursery, Primary, Middle, Secondary, SEN and Further Education provisions across the North East. If you have experience of working in an education provision, WE URGENTLY NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU. Please contact Hannah, […]
Wise words indeed………
Are you looking for a new challenge or change in career this year? Joining First Class Supply may just be what you’re looking for! Give us a call on 0191 251 5566 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what opportunities are available for teachers and teaching assistants in the North East!
We’re proud to announce we have an excellent record for recruiting and placing teachers at all stages in the region! This includes nursery, primary and secondary. Would you like to find the perfect job? Click here http://www.firstclasssupply.co.uk/jobs.php
We are absolutely delighted that through our partnership with the Falcons Community Foundation and Newcastle Falcons, we will once again be holding this amazing event! Sign up now to ensure a place for your school and we all look forward to seeing you on the day!
Hannah, Megan, Jemma and Emma were busy at the University of Sunderland today meeting Primary and Secondary trainee teachers at the First Appointments Conference. It was great meeting so many aspiring teachers and we look forward to working with you in the near future!
Welcome back to school everyone! There is definitely something to be said for inspiring students and getting them excited to learn on the first day back 😃
Thanks so much to one of our lovely assistants Danielle who has popped in today to drop these lovely thank you gifts off! What a fab start to the New Year 😊Wishing you all the best Danielle! 👏
Happy New Year from the whole First Class Supply team to all our fantastic teachers, teaching assistants and our lovely friends in school! We can’t wait to work with you this year, and we’re looking forward to offering you lots of new opportunities in 2019! 🎆
From renewing our partnership with the Newcastle Falcons and Seven Stories, to announcing our sponsorship of St Oswald’s Elmer Parade as the Learning Programme Partner, and introducing many authors and illustrators into schools across the region, 2018 has been a huge year for First Class Supply! Not to mention our three weddings and one new […]
We would like to wish everyone who works with us a very merry Christmas, and a very happy, and healthy new year! Merry Christmas to you all!
Just a few very wise words to share with you this Christmas Eve!
It’s nearly that time of year! Hold on, we’re nearly there!
The festive break is almost upon us! We will be closing on Friday 21st in the afternoon, and re-opening in the New Year on January 2nd! Please contact us before the break on 0191 251 5566 for any enquiries, and a friendly member of the team will be happy to help! If you have an […]
Huge thank you to Maureen and Ben who delivered this lovely card (featuring our incredibly cute mascot Ted) along with some Christmas goodies to the office! What a lovely surprise. Thank you to everyone else that has come into the office with Christmas gifts, wishes and cuddles for the team – wishing you all a […]
Fantastic article regarding our Team Teach training: Leading local supply teaching agency First Class Supply has helped to fund over 70 supply teachers in the region to complete their ‘Team Teach’ training, a specialist programme which teaches approved de-escalation and restraining techniques required in schools across the UK. Reports show that across the UK almost […]
We know many of you have been asking for photos, and what a Christmas treat to see our lovely Kate today, with the equally lovely baby Max! Look how he’s grown since September! Thank you for coming to see us Kate, we miss you! Look forward to seeing you both in the New Year! 🙂 […]
Even at this time of year, we are incredibly busy in both primary and secondary, as well as in our SEN schools. Find out more about becoming part of the First Class Supply team today! Register your interest here 👇, or give us a call on 0191 251 5566 ☎️ to chat to a friendly […]
How happy were the pupils, and the teachers, at Beacon Hill School when we donated this lovely hamper as a raffle prize for their Christmas Fair last week! Good luck to all taking part, we all hope you have an amazing time!
Couldn’t have put it better ourselves! Thank you so much to all our wonderful teachers – and assistants for all the excellent work they do in our schools!
A huge thank you to the lovely Michelle for this gorgeous cake and card! It was lovely to see you yesterday and we certainly appreciated the lovely words inside your card, it’s lovely to be appreciated! You certainly brightened up our day on a freezing afternoon! A very Merry Christmas to you too Michelle! x
We are delighted to fund for our teachers and teaching assistants to train with Inspire Autism Specialists this Thursday, where they will take part in a session offering positive, practical and informative training promoting awareness of autism! A hugely important part of supporting young people and children!
Seven Stories Book Recommendation for December is a delightful festive treat! How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T Smith is a festive book written in 24 and a half chapters – one to share every day leading up to Christmas. Follow Winston the mouse as he sets out to deliver Oliver’s letter to Father Christmas […]
Another hectic start to the week! Thank you to everyone who went the extra mile, and went out in horrible weather at very short notice for us – what a busy morning! You are all stars and very much appreciated by us all!
The Northumberland Admin and Business Network is taking place this morning at the Holiday Inn at Gosforth Park. Great to see such a good turnout for this new network! Delighted with our association with these fantastic events and proud to be the main event sponsor!
We had a great morning at Schools North East‘s Admin and Business Network Event for schools in Sunderland! As First Class are the main sponsors of this event, Fran was delighted to welcome every one to the event! We really are delighted to sponsor these fantastic events, they are proving hugely popular with School Business […]
We had a great day at the ‘St Oswalds Elmer Learning Programme’ event at Newcastle Racecourse today talking about our partnership with Elmer’s Great North Parade! We’re so proud to be the Learning Programme Partner of this fantastic campaign run by St Oswald’s Hospice 🐘
Just a few wise, and very true, words! Thank you to all our fabulous teachers – and teaching assistants out there, working hard every day!
What a lovely start to a Monday morning! Not only a visit from one of our fab supply teachers, but he also brought us a lovely thank you card and thank you cakes! Thank YOU for all your hard work Simon – lots of luck for the future too – we can’t wait to hear […]
We were delighted to receive this really lovely comment from the SBM of one of our partner schools – posted on our Facebook page in response to another schools lovely comment! Thank you for taking the time to do this, we really do appreciate it! Check out our Facebook page to see who wrote this, […]
What a brilliant Friday morning we’ve had, and especially our TA Specialist, Hannah! We’ve been at one of our partner schools with none other than Tom Percival, author and illustrator of Perfectly Norman! It’s great to hear how Tom turned his love of drawing into a career, and to hear him read from his latest […]
Our Education Specialist, Hannah’s at Southlands School’s ‘Making A Difference’ conference today waving the First Class Supply flag! Alongside a range of keynote speakers and workshops covering dyslexia, numeracy, mental health and more, we have facilitated a workshop which will be run by Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books. We really are delighted […]
We love this review from Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books… what’s your favourite Halloween book? ð
Our TA and SEN Education specialist, Julia, had a lovely morning visiting Simonside Primary School in Newcastle, dropping off some KS2 books for their advanced readers! We donated a Seven Stories ‘Hooks into Books’ package which they were all delighted with! 📚
Well, last but certainly not least, it was the turn of the third of our beautiful brides to tie the knot this year, our lovely Amy who married new hubby Brian at the Baltic last Saturday! A fabulous day was had by all, and we know you’ll all want to join us in sending huge […]
#SNEsbm Places are filling up fast for the new Admin and Business Networks that we’re helping to launch in Sunderland https://bit.ly/2yFbArN and Northumberland https://bit.ly/2pR2bt6. If you play a part in running a school in either of these areas, make sure you join the conversation. First Class Supply are delighted to be the main sponsors of […]
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The Schools North East Annual Conference is already proving a huge success, and First Class Supply are proud to once again, be major sponsors of this fantastic event. Hannah and Jemma are looking forward to seeing many of our friends from our partner schools and are really enjoying taking part in this hugely popular annual […]
Just a few wise words for a Monday……
Did you know it’s #WorldTeachersDay? Shout out to all of our wonderful teachers and supply teachers, and to one of our favourite fictional characters Miss Honey! 📚
This is certainly the truth about our fantastic supply teachers – and teaching assistants and nursery nurses too! Thank you to you all!
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We are delighted to announce the renewal of our exclusive education partnership with the fabulous Newcastle Falcons 🏉 The First Class Supply Schools Connections Programme works with schools in Northumberland, Durham, Cumbria and Teesside to encourage an increase in participation, recruitment of new players and development of coaches. We are delighted at the difference this […]
Due to popular demand, more pics of the delightful Elmer – with the equally delightful Fran and Julia of course! Watch progress about Elmer and the launch of the Great North Parade, of which we are Learning Programme Partner here and on our facebook page!
Fran and Julia had a lovely time getting to know the one and only Elmer, ahead of the St Oswald’s Elmer’s Great North Parade launch! First Class are delighted to be the Learning Programme Sponsor of this fantastic initiative. It is so important to us to support such a brilliant cause which will make a […]
We are thrilled to announce that we are continuing to provide fantastic learning opportunities to pupils of all ages through our partnership with Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books, the first museum in the UK dedicated to the art of children’s books and the creativity they inspire ð — feeling proud. If you, […]
We know so many of you have been dying to see the first pic of our lovely Kate’s new baby, and here he is! A little camera shy at the moment, but there’ll be lots more visits and lots more photos to come! Welcome to the gorgeous Max James Hall, born on 16th August and […]
We hope everyone has had a fantastic summer -the holidays seem literally to have flown by this year! It has been pretty exciting for us too – two weddings and one birth – congratulations again to Hannah, Jemma and Kate! It has been lovely to meet all the new people who have registered with us […]
Well worth a visit to Seven Stories if you haven’t been yet this summer. Fantastic books and great entertainment for all ages! You won’t be disappointed! Remember that through our exclusive partnership with Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books, we are able to offer fantastic experiences, free of charge to our partner schools […]
A huge congratulations to all our amazing A Level Students! A fantastic achievement to beat the rest of the country in such successful results, well done to you all! Congratulations too, to all those fantastic teachers who work so hard every year to ensure our students’ success! Well done to you all!
Another week, another wedding! This time it was the turn of the second of our three beautiful brides, our lovely Jemma who married new hubby Colin on Saturday! As you can see, Jemma looked absolutely stunning and Colin was very handsome too! What a lovely couple they make! Congratulations to you both again – hope […]
We know so many of you would like to join us in congratulating the first of our three beautiful brides who are all getting married this year! This time it was the turn of our lovely Hannah, and her new hubby Richie, who got married on Saturday! The bride was absolutely stunning and so radiant, […]
A huge thank you to the lovely Ian! It was great to see you yesterday, and thank you so much for your lovely card – and the amazing cakes! Thanks too for all your hard work – we’re delighted you are now starting on contract in one of our partner schools! Keep in touch and […]
We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all our amazing teachers and assistants for all your hard work and commitment during the past academic year – and what a year it’s been! You really have been amazing all year and we all hope you have the absolutely brilliant summer you deserve and […]
On Monday we were delighted to have the pleasure, for the fifth year running, of sponsoring one of our outstanding partner schools’s ‘Star Awards.’ Churchill Community College’s annual Star Awards event is always an amazing evening which really showcases the fantastic talent and commitment of the pupils in the school. Our lovely Tyler was on […]
Kate and Jemma had a great afternoon on tuesday at St Oswald’s Elmer’s Great North Parade event at St James Park. It was great to meet more of the St Oswald’s team and others involved in the parade. We are very proud to be the exclusive Learning Programme sponsors of Elmer’s Great North Parade and […]
Over 50 pupils from Bridgewater Primary School had a great time at their ‘Reading for Pleasure’ workshop this morning! The Year 5 and Year 6 pupils really enjoyed listening to Laura from Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books read and interact with a variety of books with them which they got to choose […]
Lesley had a lovely time visiting our partner school, Wallsend Jubilee Primary School this morning, and taking our donation of teddies for the summer fair! Here is the lovely Nicki, School Business Manager, with just a few of our little bears looking for new homes! If you can pop along, please do, it will be […]
Our friends at Wallsend Jubilee Primary School are having their Summer Fete this Saturday morning! They would love to see as many of you as possible there and are also hoping for some donations of Teddy Bears before the fair if possible! The teddies need to be washed and dried or even brand new, and […]
Just a few words from our friends over at Seven Stories about their fantastic Design Trail. Have you explored the Design Trail yet? The Great Exhibition of the North is showcasing unforgettable art and design for 80 days this summer and our David Almond-inspired Winged Tales of the North Trail is a very special highlight! […]
We had an absolutely brilliant time at the First Class Supply Festival of Tag Rugby on Friday! It was a hugely successful event on a beautiful day, with more than 60 local teams taking part – it even made it into the Chronicle! Thank you to all those who joined in, we know how much […]
Very excited about our ‘First Class Supply Festival of Tag Rugby’ being held at the home of the Newcastle Falcons, Kingston Park, on Friday! Over 60 schools are taking part in this event, specifically for KS2 teams and we know how excited they all are to be involved! So good that our special partnership with […]
It was fantastic to meet so many of you at our Open Day on Saturday and we really are looking forward to working with you all very soon! It was so good to hear that most of you were recommended to us from schools or colleagues and that in turn you are going to recommend […]
What a fantastic day at the 2018 Schools North East School Business Managers Conference! So many inspirational speakers – like the amazing Sally Gunnell pictured here with our Fran! Another really informative conference – and one which we are proud to continue to sponsor as we have from the beginning – thank you Schools North […]
COMPETITION WINNER! Huge congratulations to Jayden Morton from Bridgewater Primary School, who is the worthy winner of our ‘Redesign your favourite Book Cover’ competition! Jayden has won a Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books ‘Morpurgo Workshop’ or ‘Reading for Pleasure’ session for her Year 6 class as a post-SATS/Leavers treat! We received so […]
Good morning to all our lovely teachers, teaching assistants, and all our friends in schools! We are delighted to share some very exciting news with you all – First Class Supply are supporting the wonderful St Oswald’s Hospice and are the official LEARNING PROGRAMME PARTNER of ELMER’S GREAT NORTH PARADE!! We are absolutely delighted to […]
Very excited about our ‘First Class Supply Festival of Tag Rugby’ being held at the home of the Newcastle Falcons, Kingston Park, on Friday! Over 60 schools are taking part in this event, specifically for KS2 teams and we know how excited they all are to be involved! So good that our special partnership with […]
Welcome back to our fantastic teachers, TA’s and our friends in school – we missed you last week! Hope you all had a lovely half term and a well deserved rest – certainly back with a bang this morning! Loads of very exciting news to share with you very soon, but for now ‘welcome back!’
Julia, Fran and Amy had lovely times last week, attending our Newcastle Falcons ‘taster days’ in some of our local partner schools! We know the pupils (and staff!) loved the sessions and meeting the coaches – the feedback we have received has been amazing. Thank you to our partners at the Falcons, we love working […]
Wow, we cannot believe this half term has gone so quickly, it seems to have flown by! We would once again like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all our fabulous, hard working, ‘go the extra mile’ teachers and teaching assistants who have worked so hard again this half term. Thanks too to all […]
It’s been a real pleasure to meet everyone who has come to register with us recently! Due to unprecedented demand, we are now holding registration interviews throughout the evenings, and are also holding two NEW Open Days for teachers and TAs – Saturday 16th June in Boldon and Saturday 23rd June in Durham. To register […]
We’ve already had some fantastic entries for our ‘Redesign your favourite Book Cover’ competition, especially for Year 6 pupils to win a unique post SATs/leaving prize. However, as several schools have asked, please note we are changing the deadline as follows: CLOSING DATE IS NOW FRIDAY, 8TH JUNE, WINNERS ANNOUNCED TUESDAY 12TH JUNE. We are […]
We are delighted to be the main sponsors of today’s first ever SCHOOLS NorthEast Academies Conference! We are so proud of our Fran, who opened the conference with an amazing speech about our passion for education in our region. Huge well done Fran! Please do come along and see the team if you are attending, […]
Jemma had a fantastic time at one of our partner schools, enjoying an ‘Authors into Schools’ session we were delighted to give to the school. Children’s author and freelance illustrator Joe Berger had pupils and staff alike enthralled at Wallsend Jubilee Primary School. Another amazing event through our partnership with Seven Stories!
More excitement this week – now it’s COMPETITION TIME! This competition is specifically for YEAR 6 PUPILS to win a fantastic post SATs/leaving prize! We will be sending out details via email, but also all the info is included on the poster attached. Your Year 6 Class can win either an amazing Seven Stories Reading […]
We are delighted to share with you all some very exciting news! We are proud to announce that after much hard work behind the scenes, we have been awarded REC AUDITED EDUCATION STATUS! We are incredibly proud to have achieved this accolade- only 10% of recruitment agencies nationwide hold this ‘Gold Standard’ award. It’s further […]
We wanted to share with you how proud we are of our Fran, who after a year of very hard work in addition to her day job, has achieved a fantastic Level 5 – CIPD Intermediate Certificate in HR Management! A very prestigious qualification, covering such important issues as Professional Practice and Employment Law to […]
First Class Supply Gender Pay Gap Report: 05 April 2018 At First Class Supply we are committed to equal treatment of all employees regardless of their gender. As a company we always pay Men and Women of the same experience level the same amount for undertaking the same role. Having completed our Gender Pay Gap […]
Thank you all for entering our recent competition to win a Ball Boy/Girl place for your most deserving pupil, together with two adult tickets to watch Arsenal v Newcastle on Sunday 15th April. We were absolutely inundated with entries, and it was an incredibly hard decision for Toon legend Bob Moncur to eventually choose a […]
Attention all Schools! Remember today is your last opportunity to nominate your STAR PUPIL for our amazing prize! We have been inundated with entries, many of which have really moved us. Remember to mominate your STAR PUPIL by close of play today – the winner will be selected by Toon Legend Bob Moncur and announced […]
They’d kill us if they knew we were doing this, but we’re really proud of our Directors, Lesley and Steph, who have been invited to the House of Lords today, in recognition of their support of the Newcastle United Foundation. Many of you will know of all the support they give not just to the […]
We were very excited to visit some of our partner schools to present them with their First Class tickets for ‘The Big One’ rugby spectacular, to be held at St James’ Park on 24th March! The ‘Big One’ is a fun day where the Newcastle Falcons play Northampton Saints at SJP, with lots of extra […]
Kate and Fran had a great time yesterday meeting all the lovely NQT’s at North Tyneside SCITT. We are looking forward to working with you very soon! As discussed with you all at the event, First Class Supply have an unrivalled reputation in the Education Sector for looking after our NQTs, and for finding the […]
Hannah had a lovely morning at one of partner schools today! We were delighted to support the school with branded and sponsored outerwear to help with their ‘Moving On’ project! What a fantastic project and one we know the students are all very excited about! Just a few of the pupils and staff here, but […]
COMPETITION TIME!! We are delighted to announce our latest competition! Nominate a star pupil from your school to win a Ball Boy/Girl experience at the Toon v Arsenal match on Sunday 15th April, PLUS two adult tickets for the same match! To win this unique prize, all you have to do is nominate a star […]
We are really looking forward to meeting all the Primary and Secondary NQTs attending today’s Employment Day at Northumbria University, Coach Lane Campus! This will be an excellent event and the team are excited to meet you all and helping you with any queries!
Another huge thank you to all our lovely teachers and TAs. You were all so understanding of our situation last week in waiting to hear from schools as to when they were closed. Really pleased that First Class carried on as normal during the white out, thanks to our amazing team for working hard either […]
Good morning again all. We hope you are all well – and safe! Our office is open as usual, though we are still running with a skeleton staff as not everyone can get in from the more rural areas. However, those at home are working and picking up emails and calls etc as usual – […]
Our Jemma is really looking forward to meeting the 40, Level 2 and 3 Teaching Assistant trainees at her presentation at East College Durham this evening! The presentation starts at 5pm and is an excellent opportunity for trainee TAs to see just what we at First Class Supply can offer, and how we can support […]
Have you ever thought about closing your street for play for a few hours a month? Are you interested in finding out more? Play.Meet.Street is promoting and supporting the development of street play in North Tyneside and is keen to recruit new streets to join the ten that already regularly close their streets for play. […]
COMPETITION WINNERS!!! We are absolutely delighted to announce our Under the Sea competition winners! It has been incredibly hard to choose from the numerous entries, all of which have been fantastic, with so much effort going into each and every one! However, big congratulations to Holy Cross Primary School, Wallsend, for their exceptional effort! We […]
A very happy half term to all our amazing teachers, teaching assistants and nursery nurses! Another HUGE thank you for all your hard work during this incredibly busy half term! It’s been crazy but you have been fantastic and we all really appreciate it! We hope you have a relaxing and chilled holiday – you […]
TEACHING ASSISTANTS, SUPPORT ASSISTANTS, NURSERY NURSES – WE NEED YOU! We have so many jobs available, ranging from one hour per day to long term assignments of up to an academic year! Please get in touch to learn more, by contacting Jemma on 0191 251 5566 or email@example.com. Already working? No problem – book your […]
Some more lovely book recommendations from our friends and partners at Seven Stories. From really young readers to teenagers, your bookworms will love these! ‘The Weaver’ a lovely picture book for really young children, ‘The day that aliens nearly ate our brains’ for ages 5 – 7, and ‘I swapped my brother on the internet’ […]
A huge thank you to all our amazing supply teachers and assistants who were on standby to brave the elements this morning! So many of you saved the day and travelled far and wide to work for us this morning – thank you all and please be careful on the way home!
Why not enrol your budding rugby stars of the future in one of these fantastic training sessions at Kingston Park during half term? Camps run from 10am until 3pm and include a range of rugby skills, drills and activities as well as rugby-related games and age group breakdown for specific sessions. They are open to […]
It’s all go here at First Class! As well as day to day, we have so many upcoming long terms in both Primary and Secondary. For all you SECONDARY GEOGRAPHY SPECIALISTS out there, here is a long term assignment in an excellent North Tyneside school. Please call or email Lauren, details below – we look […]
We would like to wish everyone we work with at First Class Supply, a very Happy New Year from the whole team! To our friends in schools, our fantastic supply teachers and supply assisitants, we hope you all have a very happy and healthy 2018, and we are very much looking forward to working with […]
Just a reminder to all you lovely, kind people, that we are still collecting for the The BAY Foodbank and you can leave any donations in the drum in our Whitley Road office. Anything would be much appreciated, including gloves, scarves etc (very much needed in this freezing weather) and anything that could be given […]
……. MALVINS CLOSE PRIMARY SCHOOL! We really were inundated with entries for this competition, and some of you were really, really close, but Malvins were just one chocolate football away with their guess of 652 – there were actually 651 balls in the jar! So sorry you couldn’t all be winners and thank you for […]
We at First Class are delighted to be the supporters and sponsors of the North Tyneside Schools Football Association, Chaired by Head Teacher Gavin Storey. We have sponsored the kits for all the teams across the whole NTFA and don’t they look smart! Primary Consultant Neil attended a presentation of the new kit to the […]
It was lovely to see our friends at Beacon Hill School last week! Our Hannah was full of cold, but delivering this lovely choccy hamper for the school fayre and seeing all the friendly faces really cheered her up! We look forward to hearing how the fayre goes Beacon Hill!
Another lovely morning with our friends from Rockcliffe First School this morning, when we were joined by a fantastic group of Year 4 pupils for their Takeover Day! What a great bunch of hard working pupils they all were – a big thank you to you all for your help. We hope to see you […]
CHRISTMAS COMPETITION TIME! Would you like to win a unique prize to raffle at your school Christmas Fair? We are delighted to launch this fun competition for you to win a Toontastic Newcastle United football, donated by Toon leged Bob Moncur, signed by ‘Rafa the Gaffer’ and the First Team squad! For your chance to […]
The first of our GDPR Seminars, which we are offering free of charge to our schools, will be held on Wednesday, 15th November. The sessions have already proved hugely popular, but we have 3 places left on the afternoon session – please get in touch if you would like to attend. This really is an […]
We were delighted for the second year running to be the main sponsors of Tuesday’s Newcastle United Foundation Annual Charity Dinner. These annual fundraisers raise so much to enable the Foundation to carry out their excellent work in the community with disadvantaged children, young adults and their families, and we are happy to report that […]
We’d like to say a big thank you to the lovely Laura and Simon for bringing in these delicious Halloween Krispy Kremes for us! They’ve been very much appreciated by us all, as you can see by Fran’s delighted expression! Thank you for the gorgeous card too, what a lovely surprise! Lots of luck in […]
A very happy half term to all our hard working teachers and TAs! We hope you all have a very happy holiday and enjoy a very well deserved break! Thank you so much for all your hard work so far this academic year and we’ll look forward to working with you all after the break! […]
A very happy half term to all our hard working teachers and TAs! We hope you all have a very happy holiday and enjoy a very well deserved break! Thank you so much for all your hard work so far this academic year and we’ll look forward to working with you all after the break! […]
Fran and Lauren are having a fantastic time at this year’s SCHOOLS NorthEast Summit! They are looking forward to catching up with many of our friends from schools. We have a wonderful selection of gifts (including our very popular brownies) and a Seven Stories prize to give away today! First Class Supply have donated a […]
The pupils from Wingrove Primary School, together with our Fran, had a lovely time last week, enjoying a fabulous ‘Poetry in Motion’ session with poet and author, Valerie Bloom, MBE. Valerie is such an inspirational writer, and her interactive performance of poems in English and Jamaican Patois was hugely enjoyed by everyone. A brilliant day […]
Just had to share this lovely testimonial from one of our fabulous primary teachers who we found a full time job for. Lovely to be appreciated for what we do! Thank you Kathryn Anderson for all your hard work for us, as well as for your lovely words, you have made our week and we […]
Fran and Neil are really looking forward to the second of our ever popular NQT Conferences this evening. These are always hugely popular events, with professionals from the Schools Direct Programme, Headteachers and retired Headteachers offering invaluable advice and tips on how to be the best Supply Teacher possible. Here are just a few photos […]
Well done to our Julia and Jemma who completed the 2017 Great North Run and finished before their target time! Both ladies were running on behalf of the Newcastle United Foundation who do so much excellent work with children and young adults. Should you wish to donate to this amazing charity please visit the girls […]
We’d like to say a big ‘welcome back’ to all our teachers, TAs and all our friends in school! We can’t believe the holidays are already over – it was lovely to see so many of you during the holidays and great to welcome so many more of you to the First Class team! We […]
First Class are delighted to announce our new, exclusive education partnership with the fabulous Newcastle Falcons! Lots more exciting news and info to follow, but for the time being, here’s a fantastic photo of the team, with Fran and Julia enjoying the media launch and meeting all the players – well, they would, wouldn’t they! […]
Anyone seen the new craze sweeping the North East by Tyneside Rocks? We’ve even got a little #ourwhitleybay going on. How lovely is this idea! Steph in our office has found two! Do let us know if you find any too, post pics to our facebook page!
The eighth Whitley Bay Film Festival is well and truly under way, with screenings of some fantastic films taking place throughout August. You can catch these at various locations, at both indoor and outdoor venues right up to the beginning of September, and trust us, you will not be disappointed! First Class are delighted to […]
Today we’d like to say a huge ‘thank you and goodbye’ to the wonderful ‘Mr D!’ He has been a fantastic ambassador for First Class over many years, and so deserves to have a wonderful retirement and put his feet up for a change! (Not that we’re promising never to call Michael as you know!) […]
Hope everyone is having a lovely summer and enjoying the holidays despite the weather! We are still catching up with our news before the end of term – here is just one pic from when Jemma and Steph joined the Seven Stories team and pupils from one of our local middle schools, at a preview […]
Just a few of the many, many end of term treats and cards we have received from our lovely teachers and assistants – a huge thank you to you all! We will be making an album of them all and posting here towards the end of the holidays, but wanted to say a huge thank […]
These pupils from Marden Bridge Middle School loved their taster session of rugby coaching with members of the Newcastle Falcons! A great time was had by all, and through our exclusive education partnership with the Falcons, we are delighted that we will be able to deliver more of these sessions, and a rolling programme of […]
Happy Birthday to the wonderful Jonny, we hope you have a fab day!
We are delighted to support this fantastic local festival as one of the main event sponsors! So many excellent films going to be shown at venues throughout the area, including the Tyne Theatre and Whitley Bay Playhouse. It’s been great working with the Whitley Bay Film Festival team over the past few weeks – watch […]
Today we’d like to wish our lovely Alicia a very happy birthday (well, it’s tomorrow really, but we’re celebrating today!) She’s rejoining us for the summer after gaining a first in her LPC/Law Degree, so twice the reason to celebrate! Happy Birthday Alicia and have a fab birthday weekend! xxx — celebrating your special day.
We’d like to wish our lovely Steph a very Happy Birthday today! Happy Birthday Steph, have a great day today and a fantastic time in Edinburgh! Enjoy! xxx
We’d like to wish our lovely Steph a very Happy Birthday today! Happy Birthday Steph, have a great day today and a fantastic time in Edinburgh! Enjoy! xxx
The team have had a fantastic time at this years Schools NorthEast SBM Conference, and have enjoyed attending all the excellent sessions. First Class were the main sponsors for this years event – here are just a few photos from the day (it was lovely seeing you too, Nicki, thanks for joining the photo!) It […]
Look at this team of budding engineers from King Edwards Primary School, who recently won ‘Best Presented Team’ after competing in the Greenpower IET Formula Goblin project – and to King Edwards for winning the Gold Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) Award! The project involved children from across the region taking part in building and […]
Julia had a wonderful day along with the pupils from one of our Northumberland partner schools yesterday. We gave the children a really special gift of a Teddy Bears Picnic at Seven Stories! Pupils brought their own teddy bears to Seven Stories and each child and their furry friend enjoyed an exciting and interactive workshop […]
We’ve had a great time in the First Class office today, as we’ve been joined by some wonderful helpers from Rockcliffe First School, who joined us for a Student Take Over Day, as part of the World of Work initiative! They’ve been a huge help to us here in the office, some of you may […]
You won’t want to miss this event! Fantastic opportunity to join the workshop and meet the author! Book your place today!
We hope everyone has had a fantastic half term break and you enjoyed the sunshine while it lasted! It’s been lovely to meet all the teachers and teaching assistants who came to join us this week, we are really looking forward to working with you all! We are looking forward to Monday and to welcoming […]
Two lovely book recommendations from Seven Stories this month. If you’re looking for inspiration these two books should prove popular with all young readers! The Island and the Bear by Louise Greig is inspired by the true story of a bear that suddenly appeared on a Hebridean island. It’s written in lovely lyrical language, and […]
We are really looking forward to meeting lots of NQTs at the ATL & NUT NQT Conference tomorrow – Saturday 13 May at Northumbria University. We will be on hand to say hello, and to answer any questions you might have about supply in general, and how we can help you on the first stage […]
Received such a lovely thank you from one of our primary teachers who has just started a permanent contract. It’s things like this that make our job so worthwhile. Thank YOU Steven for all your hard work and we wish you lots of luck in your new post, we know you will be fantastic! Enjoy! […]
COMPETITION WINNERS!!! We are delighted to announce the winners of our Easter Egg Competition are Broadwood Primary School! Thank you so much to all the schools who took part – the number of eggs in the jar was 372 and the lovely Denise, pictured here with our lovely Fran, guessed 379 – well done Broadwood […]
Last opportunity to submit your entries for a chance of winning this years Easter Competition! Just guess how many eggs are in the jar to win the jar, its contents PLUS £100 of ARTS AND CRAFTS VOUCHERS for your school! Entries must be in by 5pm today, just send your guess to firstname.lastname@example.org or post […]
CEO Sleepout update! A huge thank you to all of those who donated to Dionne and Steph joining other local business people to sleep out last Thursday night to raise funds to help local homeless people! So far, they have raised £785 with more pledged to come in for this worthy cause. The overall total […]
Oodles of Doodles Competition Winners! We were absolutely overwhelmed by the response to our Oodles of Doodles competition, and blown away by the amazing talent out there in our schools! It was incredibly difficult to choose the eventual winners, but after much deliberation, we are delighted to announce that the prize of a Seven Stories […]
IT’S COMPETITION TIME!! As part of our partnership with Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books and to celebrate 20 years of World Book Day, we are delighted to announce our exciting ‘Oodles of Doodles’ competition! The fantastic prize for the winning entry is a Seven Stories ‘Travelling Book Show’ to be held in […]
A big welcome back to all our teachers, teaching assistants and our friends in schools. It’s been a bit of a staggered return, but we think everyone is now back and well in to the new term – a very Happy New Year to you all! Lots of exciting things to come from First Class […]
The First Class team had a fantastic night at The Chronicle Champions Awards at the Biscuit Factory last night! We were the very proud sponsors of the Champion Teacher Award, and though it was an incredibly difficult decision to select a winner from so many very worthy nominees, we eventually decided on Karen Brownrigg from […]
We had a fantastic day on Friday with 16 Year 4 pupils from Rockcliffe First School! The two groups joined us in the office for Children’s Take Over Day, part of the World of Work scheme – and what a help they were to us on a busy Friday! We all had a great time, […]
As long term partners of the fantastic Newcastle United Foundation, we were thrilled and honoured to attend their Annual Fundraising Dinner on Tuesday, 1 November, as the main sponsors of the event. It was a truly inspirational evening, with many awards going to incredible individuals, all of whom richly deserved to be recognised for their […]
We are delighted to announce that First Class Supply are the Headline Sponsors for the fantastic Newcastle United Foundation Fundraising Dinner, to be held at St James’ Park on 1st November. We are also very proud sponsors of the YOUNG LEARNER AWARD, in recognition of the outstanding hard work and commitment from a young person […]
It’s always lovely to hear such positive words from our teachers and TA’s, and this testimonial from the lovely Ciara has really brightened our day on this stormy Friday morning! Thank you Ciara, and lots of luck to you in the new position too – we know you’ll do a fantastic job – we’ll keep […]
We would like to say a huge ‘CONGRATULATIONS’ to our lovely Kate and her equally lovely new husband Pete, who got married on Saturday 13th August – what an absolutely gorgeous couple they make! We know many of you are looking forward to seeing the photos and will want to join us in wishing the […]
Huge congratulations to Seven Stories and our own lovely Jemma for taking part in the Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge last Sunday! The team were raising funds to enhance the Seven Stories experience for children with special educational needs and disabilities, with all money raised going towards buying sensory resources, and providing services which are accessible […]
We are delighted to be very proud sponsors of the Churchill Community College PE and School Sport Awards 2016. Our Kate and Megan had a fantastic time at the Awards Ceremony at the Whitley Bay Playhouse on Monday evening, and really enjoyed meeting so many of the PE team and students. Well done to you […]
Lovely article in the local press about our sponsorship of the fantastic Team Invictus from Valley Gardens Middle School! Lovely photo of the team together with our Hannah Jane Burridge and Kate Bradley too! Students had a wheel-y good time after visiting the home of British motorsport. Pupils at Valley Gardens Middle School won a […]
How great do these youngsters from Whitehouse Primary School look in their new, First Class sponsored polo shirts! Here they are getting their first airing at the recent Collaborative Orchestra Day – the talented musicians are obviously enjoying themselves! Go Whitehouse musicians, we can’t wait to see you soon!
Our Fran had a lovely time delivering another of our ‘Hooks into Books’ packs to one of our local partner schools! These packs are a huge boost to any school, really helping with the ‘reading for pleasure’ programmes. Enjoy your books Percy Main pupils, can’t wait to hear how you are all progressing!
Lots of you have been asking about Julia while she’s on maternity leave, so here she is celebrating her birthday with us today! Her birthday was actually back in May, but as she’s here in the office today helping us with all our new registrations we thought we’d celebrate with her today! For those of […]
Our Jordan raised a fab £455 for the Teenage Cancer Trust last Sunday morning by doing an abseil down one side of the RVI! An amazing achievement and we are all very proud of him for being so brave! Well done Jordan, a really brave thing to do to raise funds for such a fantastic […]
We had an amazing morning yesterday with some of the incredibly talented Year 4 pupils from one of our very local primary schools! The children joined us in our offices for ‘Student Take Over Day’ and according to their class teacher thought it was ‘the coolest thing ever’, high praise indeed! What a huge help […]
today we would like to wish our lovely Fran a Very Happy Birthday! We know lots of you out there would love to send her your best wishes too, so here’s to the Birthday Girl! Have a fab day Fran and enjoy your celebrations at the weekend! smile emoticon xxx
Our Jordan had a great time at one of our partner schools recently, delivering our very own ‘First Class’ piggy banks to the young savers who have bought into our sponsorship of the North Tyneside Credit Union at the school. We know from the success young savers have had in the other schemes we have […]
FIRST CLASS HAS GOT TALENT!! On behalf of our friends and partners, the Newcastle United Foundation, we are helping to raise much needed funds for the Foundation by selling raffle tickets. HOWEVER, THESE ARE NOT JUST ANY RAFFLE TICKETS – THE PRIZE IS TRULY AMAZING – TWO tickets to attend the Britain’s Got Talent Semi-Final […]
Lovely article in the local press about our sponsorship of the fab new football kit at King Edward’s Primary School. Really happy to support this fantastic school and their football team! Looking good Hannah and Fran too! Noted PR & Media 14 April at 12:02 · More great support for the local community from First […]
We had another visit from our lovely Julia and baby Aila again this morning, it was lovely to see them! We know how many of you have been asking for an update, so here’s a photo of them both – hasn’t baby Aila changed! Can’t believe Julia is going to be back with us after […]
We are really looking forward to our second ‘Kick Start your Career’ Event, designed especially for student NQTs today! Back by popular demand, our Key Note speaker is the ever-popular and inspirational Gill Reid, who over the past 10 years has led both undergraduate and postgraduate teacher training programmes at Northumberland University, as well as […]
The team at First Class would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all our amazing Teachers, Teaching Assistants and our friends in schools for all your hard work this term! We wish you all a very Happy Easter and hope you all enjoy the break, as well as a very well deserved rest! […]
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to our friends at the fantastic Wallsend Jubilee Primary School who donated over 40 Easter Eggs to the BAY Foodbank collection in our office! The eggs were donated by parents, children and the wonderful staff from the school, and we, and we’re sure all at the […]
COMPETITION TIME: We love Easter week here at First Class, but our lovely new Easter Bunny is looking a little sad. We are having an Easter competition for our schools and teachers – if you can guess the name of our lovely bunny she (HINT) would love to move into your school or home! Comment […]
Team TA have been incredibly busy over the past few days, at both Tyne Met and Northumberland Colleges, meeting lots of student Teaching Assistants who are just about to qualify. Our Jordan was also in attendance at our ever popular ADHD course for both Teachers and TAs on Saturday morning, delivered by the excellent Tracy […]
We had a fantastic time at our Schools United Event at St James’ Park yesterday. It was a fabulous opportunity for the Newcastle United Foundation to showcase the excellent work they can offer schools, as well as giving our own key note speakers the chance to speak on issues such as e-learning and mental health. […]
Lovely photo of our Fran and Hannah with the Year 5/6 football team at King Edward Primary School. We were delighted to support this fantastic young team with their brand new strip and kit bags, and Hannah and Fran had a lovely time at the school assembly when these were presented! The footie team are […]
A huge well done to Lesley and Steph who joined over 60 other business leaders at last night’s CEO Sleepout which was hosted by Newcastle United Foundation in aid of Changing-Lives. Lesley and Steph slept pitch side at St James’ park with just their sleeping bags for protection in order to raise funds to help […]
We know many of you have been asking about our lovely Julia, who went on maternity leave a few weeks before half term. We are delighted to let you know that baby Aila Felicity was born on 24 February, weighing in at an impressive 9lb, 11oz! We were delighted to meet her for the first […]
There are not many places left on the NQT Event we are holding on Thursday, 25th February at Gateshead SCITT! This fantastic event is open to all student teachers and is designed specifically to help kick start your career. Our Key Note speaker is the inspirational Gill Reid, who over the past 10 years has […]
We are very excited to announce that we are supporting and sponsoring a fantastic, exclusive event our partners, Newcastle United Foundation are hosting for Headteachers, School Business Managers and Key Decision Makers at St James’ Park on Thursday, 10th March. The ‘Schools United’ Conference will highlight the excellent work the Foundation carries out in the […]
The pupils from Richard Avenue Primary had a lovely time when our Lauren visited them on Monday 8th February to present them with their fantastic ‘Hooks for Books’ pack, which we are able to offer to our partner schools through our ongoing partnership with Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books! The Hooks into […]
We were delighted to donate a massive 120 books to every pupil in Year 1 and Year 2 at Malvin’s Close Primary Academy – here’s our Jordan making a special delivery! Every pupil will receive their own book to take home in celebration of World Book Day! If you would like free books for your […]
As part of First Class Supply’s ongoing partnership with the Newcastle United Foundation, Lesley and Steph will be joining over 50 local business people and taking part in the charity’s CEO Sleepout at St James’ Park on Thursday 3rd March, to raise much needed funds for local homeless people. This annual fundraising event, a joint […]
In line with our ongoing support of our local community, and our local schools in particular, we are very excited to announce that First Class Supply are sponsoring the 4th annual North Tyneside Schools Writing Competition! This year the theme is all about JOURNEYS and the writing submitted can either be prose or poetry – […]
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Well, the very last of our Seven Stories ‘Reading for Pleasure’ workshops took place in one of our Durham partner schools this week – a brilliant time was had by all as you can see! We don’t know who enjoyed themselves more, our Hannah or the children! Love working with our friends at Seven Stories, […]
We are delighted to announce that we have now opened a second ‘First Class Supply’ office in Northumberland! Our new office is in the fantastic Blyth Workspace on the town’s Quayside – we’ve even got a sea view! The office in Whitley Road will be all systems go as usual – we are all taking […]
Lesley and Steph joined local school children and teachers at a wonderful event held by our friends and partners at Seven Stories to meet the fabulous David Walliams on Tuesday 24 November! What an absolute gentleman he is with time for everyone! Apparently Lesley and Steph are now dubbed the Ant and Dec of Educational […]
Fantastic day at the North Tyneside Business Managers Conference on Thursday 19th November! It was great to receive some lovely comments from Alan from the North Tyneside Employee Credit Union in recognition of our exclusive involvement with, and support of, the Union’s ‘First Savers Scheme’. This really is a brilliant way to help young savers […]
As you can see, Lesley, Fran, Hannah, Jordan and Jemma are all having a brilliant time at the North Tyneside School Business Managers Conference this year! We love this event, it’s always a great opportunity to catch up with lots of our lovely friends in schools! Looking good guys!
These lucky pupils at the latest school to enjoy a fantastic Seven Stories ‘Playing With Poems’ Roadshow certainly enjoyed themselves! This is the second to last Seven Stories session, delivered by a specialist, expert facilitator we have provided to over sixty classes this year alone and we are looking forward to working with lots more […]
We would like to say GOOD BYE AND THANK YOU to the wonderful Evelyn Mitchell, who is retiring after an adult life time of primary teaching, working on supply with us here at First Class since way back in 2004! Evelyn has been a huge asset to us during her time on supply, often dropping […]
A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our lovely apprentice Charlotte, who is 18 TODAY!! Charlotte joined us in September and is proving to be a big help on the accounts side of things here at First Class, following in the footsteps of our first apprentices Amy and Jonny who are still with us five years later! […]
Well, that half term holiday went by incredibly quickly! We were so busy in the office and are really excited about working with everyone who came along to register with us during the break! With so much going on we didn’t get the chance to post this pic of Fran celebrating winning the ‘EMPLOYEE OF […]
Fran, Lauren, Amy and Jemma all really enjoyed meeting up with the other delegates again at the Schools North East Summit today, and really enjoyed the excellent sessions! This summit is always a fantastic opportunity to network and catch up with friends old and new as well as learning about the latest initiatives in education. […]
We had an absolutely brilliant night at the North East Charity Awards on Thursday 8th October and big congratulations to Paul J Watson Solicitors who were the winners of our category! We were absolutely thrilled however to receive a ‘highly commended’ and we still have to pinch ourselves to think we were shortlisted to the […]
Hope you like the photo of our Lauren with pupils from Valley Gardens Middle School! First Class were delighted to help the school with the sponsorship of their new mini bus which will help the pupils to participate in even more activities, as well as enabling them to travel further afield. To quote the school […]
We are really looking forward to this Thursday, as we are facilitating one of our local primary schools to be the first school into Seven Stories to see their fantastic new exhibitions since their brilliant refurbishment! Lucky pupils from St Mary’s Primary will enjoy a workshop with renowned children’s author Michael Foreman, as well as […]
Here are Lesley and Steph enjoying themselves at a visit to the fantastic Seaton Delaval Arts Centre last week! The Seaton Delaval Pantomime Society were delighted to receive a donation from First Class which enabled them to buy a whole range of new seating for the Centre to make life easier and more comfortable for […]
Jemma had an absolutely brilliant time at the recent Seven Stories pre-launch, and our Julia, Vicki, Amy, Mavis and their families really enjoyed seeing so many of you at the official opening! Huge congratulations to all our friends and partners at Seven Stories, the refurbished building looks truly amazing! Remember, you can still get our […]
There is so much going on at First Class Supply at the moment that it’s almost impossible to let you know about everything as it happens! On Monday night we had the pleasure of sponsoring Churchill Community College’s STAR Awards – and what a fantastic evening it was! So much talent from the pupils who […]
We are really looking forward to meeting lots of new NQTs at our Registration Event this afternoon/evening! It’s lovely that some more experienced teachers who are new to supply are coming along too! Hope you like our goody bags, don’t forget to pick yours up before you leave!
First Class Supply were delighted to support Lindisfarne Middle School, Alnwick’s Summer Fayre this year! We provided a Newcastle United Foundation’GOALDEN Shot’ experience for all to enjoy, with all funds raised going back to the school. It was hugely popular and really helped to raise money at the fayre! Check out our First Class Supply […]
We had an absolutely amazing time at our ‘Thank You’ Summer Social on Friday night! It was fantastic to see so many of our fabulous teachers and assistants all enjoying themselves, as well as lots of our friends from schools! Thank you for all your kind post-party messages, we are just happy that you all […]
TED PICKS OUR NATIONAL SUPPLY TEACHER WEEK COMPETITION WINNER! He was a bit wary at first as you can see from the pics, but our little Ted finally selected a winner! Congratulations to the lovely Sheila Scott, who wins £100 of M&S vouchers! Sheila can’t believe her luck as she usually ‘never wins anything’! Well […]
National Supply Teacher Week has arrived and we are delighted to be supporting this fantastic initiative for the third year running! Everyone in the office says a huge thank you to all our very hard working Supply Teachers – and our Assistants too, with special thanks from consultants Vicki E, Hannah, Fran, Lauren, Vicki C, […]
What a fab couple of days our Julia has had! One morning at one of our Newcastle partner schools and one morning at one of Northumberland partner schools, taking part in the fantastic Seven Stories sessions we provided to both schools! Both in the EYFS, Julia had a great time at both, but particularly enjoyed […]
We here at First Class Supply are really proud to have been the sole local sponsors and supporters of the Newcastle United Charitable Foundation’s ‘Toon Times’ interactive history project over the past 3 years! As you can see from the photos and the full article which you can find here, the project has reached a […]
We had a visit from the lovely Rachael, and her mum, a local Head Teacher yesterday! Once she finishes her A Levels, Rachael is about to embark on a huge adventure via the Project Trust charity to spend a year teaching English in China to children living in poverty in rural areas – she was […]
Can you spot our Amy and Jemma in the crowd of pupils and teachers from Canning Street Primary School who enjoyed the final ‘My First Match’ experience of the season at St James’ Park on Saturday?! Everyone had a fantastic time at the game and the pupils are also looking forward to their post match […]
We are really excited to announce that as part of our partnership with Seven Stories, over the next few weeks we will be giving away literally thousands of books, FREE OF CHARGE, to our schools and teachers! We have books for all Year Groups, from Foundation to KS3 from very renowned authors such as Steven […]
We are really looking forward to our NQT Networking event on Saturday!! This is a fantastic chance for NQTs about to finish their course to come along and meet the team and find out what First Class Supply can do for you! It will also be a great opportunity to mix with ‘last year’s’ NQTs […]
Just a few of the KS1 pupils from Spring Gardens Primary School enjoying their Seven Stories Poetry Competition prize this afternoon! KS2 pupils enjoyed a fantastic session this morning too, as did our Vicki when she joined in the KS1 session! Really delighted that our partnership with the wonderful Seven Stories enables us to bring […]
Much excitement in the First Class Office today! We are now celebrating our ELEVENTH anniversary!! We cannot believe how quickly the past eleven years in business have flown by or how quickly the time has gone since our big 10 Year Anniversary in 2014, cumulating in our big fundraiser in July of that year when […]
Good luck to everyone raising money for Comic Relief today! We are looking forward to seeing our teachers and friends from schools this afternoon for some fundraising fun!!
These special book packs are being given to all pupils who attend the fantastic First Class Supply sponsored World Book Month sessions delivered in schools throughout the region by Seven Stories facilitators! These wonderful sessions start with a special themed assembly before facilitators set up a magic bookshop and use drama and story telling to […]
First Class Supply are delighted to be celebrating World Book Day and World Book Month with our friends and partners from Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books! We have a whole range of exciting events and competitions going on throughout the month, starting with our fabulous Poetry Competition to win a Seven Stories Poetry […]
HOW ABOUT THIS FOR A STORY! Here is our lovely Fran with Newcastle United’s Ryan Taylor and Mehdi Abeid, together with our friends and colleagues at Wallsend Jubilee Primary School! We were able to arrange this fantastic surprise for the pupils at the school through our sponsorship and support of the Newcastle United Foundation which […]
So many exciting things happening in our schools today! The first is the fantastic SEVEN STORIES ‘Under the Sea’ party the early years pupils at Holy Cross Primary in Wallsend won in our ‘Under the Sea’ competition! Our own Amy has been along and said the pupils are all having an amazing time, as is […]
Fantastic photo of some very excited King Edward’s pupils enjoying their pre ”My First Match’ visit by the Newcastle United Foundation! The very talented Liv with her winning entry, how popular is she! We are really looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday!
We are really excited to announce our ‘Under the Sea’ competition, aimed at EYFS children! The winning school will receive a fantastic prize of an ‘Under the Sea’ Party day which will be delivered by a specially trained facilitator from Seven Stories! All schools have already received information on how to take part, just call […]
Jemma and Steph had a great time volunteering at The Bay Foodbank yesterday! Here they are with the lovely Jackie and four- legged helper Alfie the Labradoodle! What a fantastic job everyone at ‘The Bay’ does, it was really interesting to… see what happens once all the donations reach the warehouse and to see what […]
Huge congratulations to the pupils, their families and teachers from Broadwood Primary, the lucky winners of our ‘Win a Panto’ competition! They are already so excited – and so are we! Here is the fab winning entry from Year 4 pupil, Kemitha and a big well done to him too! Can’t wait to meet everyone […]
PANTO! PANTO! PANTO! Our ‘Design a Poster’ Competition deadline to win tickets for the fantastic Robinson Crusoe pantomime is this Friday, 28 November – oh yes it is!! For the second year running, we have 126 tickets and exclusive use of the Seaton Delaval Arts Centre for the night of 11th December to enable the […]
Check out this fab article about our partnership with Seven Stories which is in The Journal and News Guardian today! http://www.newsguardian.co.uk/news/local/first-class-support-for-literature-centre-1-6918042
We are delighted that the pupils, their families and some members of staff from Carville Primary School enjoyed a fantastic MY FIRST MATCH experience at St James’ Park on Saturday 18 October! A fab time was had by all and even better, they saw their team win for once! Having already enjoyed a pre-match visit […]
We are absolutely delighted to announce that First Class Supply are now the exclusive education sponsors of the wonderful Seven Stories – the National Centre for Children’s Books based in Newcastle. Through our partnership we will now be able to offer our valued partner schools a whole range of fantastic benefits, TOTALLY FREE OF CHARGE. […]
A huge WELL DONE to one of our Directors, Steph, who completed the Great North Run on Sunday 7th September raising £1,410 so far for the Newcastle United Foundation! Despite copious injuries endured along the way and seriously dodgy hips, Steph completed the race in 3 hours, 20 minutes so all the hard work and […]
We are delighted to be supporting ‘The BAY Foodbank’ which is a fantastic organisation based in Whitley Bay. The food bank provides short term emergency food provision to individuals and families throughout the area who are experiencing financial crisis due to a number of reasons, such as redundancy or bereavement. All referrals to the food […]
We had a fantastic time watching our First Class football team win the Recruiters Cup tournament last night! Five educational recruitment agencies took part altogether, so really proud of our lads for a brilliant effort! A big thank you to Anthony Lewins for organising the tournament to raise funds for CHIN – UP Family Respite […]
Fantastic article in the news about our work in local schools with the Newcastle United Foundation Toon Times project! This article has even made it to the Premier League! We are delighted that we are able to provide our local schools with these fantastic free sessions – check out some of the comments on our […]
Here are Lesley and some of the team with the lovely Louise from the Teenage Cancer Trust, being presented with our huge cheque for the sum of £11,037.15 raised from our fab fundraiser!! We are really proud to be associated with this fantastic charity which does such excellent work for young people with cancer and […]
We are absolutely delighted and proud to report that the grand total raised from our fundraiser in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust is a MASSIVE £11,012.15!!! Thank you once again to all those who attended and/or made such generous donations of money and/or auction gifts, you are amazing!! A special thank you once again […]
Well, the moment you have all been waiting for!! We are still waiting for a few last pledges to come in but as things currently stand we have raised a MASSIVE £10,820.15 from our fundraiser in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust!! Lesley and Steph are absolutely delighted and we can’t thank everyone enough for […]
We are incredibly proud to be holding our 10 Year Anniversary Fundraiser in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. We are looking forward to a fantastic evening packed full of special guests and surprises and to seeing lots of friends and colleagues, both old and new! Whilst we are looking forward to lots of fun […]
So many exciting things to look forward to at First Class Supply! Apart from the fantastic fundraising event on 11 July we are really looking forward to our next Open Day on 5 July! Before both of these though we have the fantastic Party in the Park at Rising Sun Country Park to look forward […]
Our next Open Day is this Saturday, 5th July. We will be holding this one at the Quality Hotel, Boldon as it was such a popular venue last time, particularly for those wishing to join us from South of the River. We are all looking forward to meeting lots of new Teachers and Assistants looking […]
Here at First Class Supply we are delighted to be supporting National Supply Teacher Week, 16 – 20 June 2014! This is a fantastic initiative and we are really looking forward to taking part again! Check back here and on our facebook page to see how we specifically are getting involved!
Our Ted’s in the news! Fab ‘Bring your Dog to Work Day’ article in Pets Magazine! http://issuu.com/pets_mag/docs/petsmag_june_2014/6?e=5385497/8079124 Ted is a lovely little soul, adopted at 9 months from the wonderful ‘Westies in Need’ Rescue. This fabulous organisation rehomes Westies and other small dogs from all over the country, and together with their incredible band of […]
Here she is admiring her beautiful 1D cake! We hope that you have a fantastic day today and a great weekend. xxx
Here is a lovely article about how we we able to help one of our local schools. As a local independent company, we are really proud of the work we do to help our local community, especially our local schools! Enjoy Ponteland Middle! First Class Supply, one of the fastest growing independent teaching supply agencies […]
Our Open Day last Saturday was a huge success despite the terrible rain! It was wonderful to meet so many NQTs and experienced teachers all looking forward to joining the First Class Supply team! We are really looking forward to catching up with you all very soon and to offering you lots of work once […]
As you can tell, Fran, Lauren and Adam had a fantastic time at the Northumbria University NQT Conference on Saturday! Met lots of lovely, enthusiastic NQTs all keen to come along and join the First Class Supply team! Here are the three of them enjoying the day!
We had a fantastic day yesterday! As sponsors and supporters of the Newcastle United Foundation we were able to arrange for Newcastle United Captain, Fabrio Coloccini to visit one of our local schools and play with their football team! The lucky school was Holy Cross Primary in Wallsend, just one of the many local schools […]
Lesley and Steph were delighted to once again be asked to be judges at the Primary Enterprise Challenge, a fantastic initiative from the Newcastle United Foundation. The standard of the presentations from Year 6 pupils from primary schools throughout North and South Tyneside and Newcastle was outstanding, what fantastic efforts these pupils put in to […]
Fantastic article about First Class Supply and the Newcastle United Foundation in today’s Journal – lovely article telling how the pupils from Mountfield Primary School enjoyed their First Match experience!
Lesley Robinson and Stephanie Boulton are delighted that we will be meeting the 28 ‘100% Attendance’ Newcastle primary school pupils who will be enjoying their ‘First Match’ experience courtesy of First Class Supply at the Aston Villa Match at St. James’ Park on Sunday. We are so proud that through our work with the fantastic […]
We had a fantastic time at the opening of the Toon Times exhibition at the Discovery Museum last night, the Foundation team should be very proud of themselves – we are certainly very proud to be a major sponsor! Here’s the official press release from the event, together with members of the Foundation Team and […]
We would like to say a really big thank you to our lovely Teachers and Assistants for the lovely cards, some of them home made and very funny – and lovely Christmas prezzies you have brought in to us!!! They really are very much appreciated! We are very lucky – thank you all!
A big thank you to the lovely Annie from Cullercoats Primary School for bringing in these delicious home made cakes!! They are a lovely thank you to First Class Supply for enabling pupils from the school to attend the Seaton Delaval Pantomime last week! What a lovely lady and a very talented baker too! Christmas […]
Here at First Class Supply, we’re expanding again and are now eager to add a further experienced Primary Education Recruitment Consultant to join our busy, fast growing, friendly and successful team. Our Recruitment Consultants are key relationship builders. Our Recruitment Consultants look after their very own pool of supply teachers and schools, in their select […]
We had a fab time at the Seaton Delaval Arts Centre panto, Mother Goose last night!! It was fantastic for us to see all the children and families we had enabled to attend from 14 local schools having such a brilliant time and really joining in and making some noise!! What an amazing success the […]
First Class Supply have purchased every seat in the house so that local children and their families can enjoy a peformance of Mother Goose, at Seaton Delaval Arts Centre tonight, Thursday, 5th December! We are delighted to have enabled children from 14 local schools to enjoy some Christmas panto fun on us and are so […]
We are delighted to join in the ‘Supply for Lunch’ initiative from www.thesupplyteacher.com!! Here are Catherine and Lucy joining in the fun! We are looking forward to welcoming you along for a bite to eat today!!
It was fantastic seeing Joe McElderry during his sound test before his absolutely fantastic performance at the Whitley Bay Playhouse last Friday! Here’s Joe with our two First Class Supply teddy bears – currently waiting for names – competition to follow soon! We have sponsored Joe in support of his brilliant work for the Teenage […]
Article about our work with Newcastle United Foundation! Check out nufc.co.uk for more info! A group of school children from Broadway East First School in Gosforth have participated in a unique educational experience thanks to leading North East supply-teaching agency First Class Supply. Over 30 pupils visited St James’ Park for a behind the scenes […]
November 2013 Lesley and Steph would like to say a huge thank you to the Newcastle United Foundation for a fantastic time on Tuesday 19th November at their celebration at the House of Commons to mark the 5th anniversary of this fantastic charity! It was wonderful to meet so many lovely people, and see some […]
First Class Supply are absolutely delighted to announce that we will be running a competition for our schools this week so keep an eye on your e-mails! We will be offering free pantomime tickets for Mother Goose on Thursday 5th December 2014 at Seaton Delaval Arts Centre to our winning schools. The fun starts at […]
It was lovely to see Sharon from The Supply Teacher again today and to meet her colleague Helen, too! Here’s Sharon and Julia with the gorgeous choccy hamper Sharon donated for our recent Open Days in Durham and Newcastle (lucky winner Richard)! Sharon also donated the fabulous CPD Course created specifically for Suppy Teachers – […]
Had a great time at our Newcastle Open Day at St James’ Park on Saturday! Met lots of new teachers who wanted to register with us and we are looking forward to working with everybody as soon as all compliance checks are completed! It was a great atmosphere and everybody really enjoyed meeting the team […]
We are thrilled to have been invited to the House of Commons in acknowledgement of our work with, and sponsorship of, the Newcastle United Foundation! It’s always been an honour to sponsor this wonderul local charitable organisation and Lesley and Steph, the Directors of First Class Supply are delighted to have been asked to attend! […]
Our next Open Day for Teachers and Assistants looking to register with First Class Supply will be held on Saturday, 9th of November at St James’ Park. The team will be there between 10:00 and 16:00 and we very much look forward to meeting you on the day and discussing your supply career with you. […]
Schools North East summit going brilliantly already! We’ve been at St James’ Park since 7:00 this morning and have already met lots of people, it’s going to be a great day! Updates coming throughout the day with latest news. Here are Jemma and Nicola at the stand first thing this morning. Looking good!
Our Open Day in Durham on Saturday was a huge success! It was fantastic to meet so many new Teachers and Teaching Assistants and we really look forward to working with you all soon! A big thank you Jemma, Julia, Amy, Nic, Lesley and Steph for ensuring the day ran so smoothly and a big […]
First Class Supply were delighted to deliver some First Class cakes to Preston Grange Primary School to support their recent coffee morning in aid of the McMillan Cancer Trust. Even better, our Resourcer, Julia’s gorgeous twins were there to help the trust with their funds! If you fancy one of these delicious cup cakes, come […]
First Class Supply have done it again!! Sponsored another school’s sports kit that is! Whitehouse Primary are overwhelmed by their new rugby kit and delighted with the sports bags to carry it all in too! First Class Supply – consistently supporting local schools and the local community – that’s why we’re first!!
This is our HR Consultant, Eileen Hogg, with little grandson Ollie. Very sadly, Ollie suffers from a condition called migrating epilepsy – there is no cure at present. It is a very rare condition which only affects a tiny percentage of children in the world. Eileen’s grandaughter, Georgia, and her friend Erin are walking from […]
Mr Gove has said there is an urgent need to revamp exams Much of the government’s plans to revamp England’s exams system are being delayed by a year because of concerns by the exams watchdog, Ofqual. Education Secretary Michael Gove wanted new O-level-style GCSE exams and tougher A-levels introduced in 2015. But Ofqual said it […]
First Class Supply are proud to be sponsoring Joe McElderry and his team as they take part in the Coast to Coast cycle ride for the Teenage Cancer Trust! Setting off today from Whitehaven, they will arrive back in South Shields on Sunday. Please sponsor them if you can for this excellent cause. You can […]
Lots of the First Class Supply team have had a birthday during the summer – and here’s another one! Happy Birthday to our gorgeous office mascot, Ted – 3 today!! Come along and see Ted, he’ll give you a very friendly welcome! He’s here helping us out throughout the summer – except when one of […]
It’s Jonny’s 21st Birthday on Sunday but we are celebrating in the office today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JONNY! Here he is with his cake – everything on it is something he loves or is associated with – can you spot what they are?!?! We are spoiling him rotten because he deserves it, come along and wish […]
Congratulations to the NINE teachers so far this week alone (including some lovely colleagues who have now left us for permanent jobs), who have won £25 M&S vouchers for recommending their friends and colleagues to come and join us! These new staff have all now worked for 5 days, so the people who recommended them […]
Over a period of months the government has been making minor changes to the way DBS Checks (formally known as CRB Checks) are conducted. Most of the changes to date have had little impact on how First Class Supply has managed this important and essential safeguarding check. This month there will be a big change […]
Happy Birthday to our lovely Amy – 21 today! Here she is blowing out her candles, we are going to spoil her rotten, she deserves it!!
Here is our lovely Primary Consultant, Fran, presenting the Year 5&6 football team at Burnside Primary School in Cramlington with their new sponsored shirts and kit. The school is celebrating after forming its first ever football team! Two pupils already play for Newcastle United Academy and four for Northumberland County, but they wanted to represent […]
Jonny and Lauren had a fab time taking part in the Newcastle United Foundation Zip Wire Challenge at St James’ Park! Here they are all kitted up before they actually take off!
Here is an article which was included in the Newcastle United v SL Benfica official programme on Thursday 11th April. It gives a little bit more information on the work we are doing in conjunction with the Newcastle United Foundation Toon Times Project. Hope you enjoy reading it!
Here are a few pics of Jonny from our office with some of his friends who all completed the 3 Peaks Challenge last weekend! No mean feat! Plus, they raised over £1000 for charity! Jonny’s commitment to this challenge was clear from the way he even missed what was probably the most important Toon match […]
Meet Mikey Buchan, 10 year old Champion of the Newcastle United Foundation ‘Hall of Fame’. The Hall of Fame is part of the Toon Times Heritage Project, of which First Class Supply are the third major sponsor, along with the National Lottery Fund and the Premier League. Blind since birth, Mikey is proving to be […]
As the third, and only local, sponsor of the NUFC Foundation, First Class were invited to attend the Hall of Fame Celebratory Dinner Launch last night – Wednesday 20th March. What a fantastic time we had! We are so proud to be the sponsors of such a fabulous charity that will really make a huge […]
What a great time we had when Bob Moncur visited us in the office! We were all thrilled to see him and he enjoyed meeting us too! Check out our cheesy grins on these photos!
Further to our earlier posts regarding First Class Supply’s involvement with the Toon Times project and the NUFC Foundation, check out some of the photos from the day and articles about our sponsorship of this fantastic educational project which appeared in the Evening Chronicle and Journal! Check out the official NUFC website too and also […]
We had a fabulous day at the Discovery Museum yesterday – it was great to be there at the launch of the NUFC Foundation ‘Toon Times’ project together with Steven Taylor and Adam Campbell – you may have caught us on Look North!! First Class Supply are delighted to be supporting this wonderful cause, which […]
CLICK ON THE LINK FOR REALLY EXCITING NEWS ABOUT FIRST CLASS AND THE NUFC FOUNDATION!! MORE NEWS TO FOLLOW AFTER THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH TOMORROW WITH STEVEN TAYLOR AND JONAS GUTIERREZ!!! http://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Foundation/News/0,,10278~3094616,00.html
Published on Monday 18 February 2013 10:27 SPRING came early for students in North Shields as they celebrated their school’s 25th anniversary by raising thousands of pounds for charity. St Thomas More’s Spring Ball, which took place at the Assembly Rooms in Newcastle, was attended by staff, parents, supporters of the school and students past […]
Just to let you know about a really worthy fundraising event which is happening very soon. Vince Jacques, a regional manager for DHL based in Teesside, is currently restoring a 1982 motorbike on which he is going to do a sponsored ride from Teesside to Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria, in aid of Priateli – a […]
We have rapidly expanded into the Middlesbrough, Darlington, Hartlepool, Peterlee and Co Durham areas and urgently need teachers to work with us in these excellent schools. We require Primary Teachers to cover all year groups, from Early Years to Year 6 and Secondary Teachers to teach in KS3, 4 and 5. For Secondary Teachers we […]
We have already had a huge response from the lovely people we met at the recent Teacher Recruitment Fairs. Our registration interview places are filling up really quickly – if you would like to join us on a supply basis once you leave university in the summer, then please do get in touch to start […]
We had a fantastic time at the St Thomas More RC Academy 25th Anniversary Ball last Friday evening! We are also very proud to have been a main sponsor of the school’s Lourdes benefit, a very worthy cause. Here are some of the team enjoying themselves, don’t they look great!
We are so proud and excited to be a part of the St Thomas More RC Academy 25th Anniversary Ball this evening! The ball is being held in the Assembly Rooms in Newcastle to benefit the Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund, as well as celebrating this outstanding school’s Silver Anniversary. Hope everyone has the wonderful time they […]
Global rankings can be misleading and give an inconsistent view of how well an education system is performing, according to a study. Prof Alan Smithers, of Buckingham University, says England’s rankings vary for various reasons. He said one recent table appeared to show England’s schools were slipping, while another suggested the opposite. Prof Smithers examined […]
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