ESSEX, HERTS, AND SUFFOLK

Education Resources Service

Our Education Resources Service offers your school or academy a cost-effective, flexible way to raise standards. We provide your teaching staff with access to the specialist books and resources they need to deliver the curriculum effectively, support wider reading and develop a learner-centred community.

Find out what we can do for you and your school today!

We are passionate about helping educational establishments to engage young learners with literacy and encouraging them to develop a lifelong love of reading. Our school library books are selected based on their engaging, educational content, and combined with our artefacts they can bring learning to life.

With our enthusiasm, passion and knowledge of children’s books, we can give your school or academy excellent support across the whole curriculum.

Education Resources Subscriptions

We offer a range of subscription bundles designed to meet the individual needs of your school and learners. By subscribing you’ll gain access to our diverse and broad collection of age-appropriate curriculum and reading for pleasure books and other learning resources. Alongside resources, receive expert support on all aspects of book collection development and primary school library management from our librarians. Our most comprehensive bundle includes access to the Juniper Book Awards, a library management system and eBooks.

Book Exchange Service

A long-term loan of high-quality and age-appropriate books, which can be swapped twice a year.

Our exchange system allows you to refresh your library or book corners by up to two books for every pupil each year, making our books a fantastic, cost-effective, renewable resource.

  • Titles in our Exchange Collection are selected by experienced librarians to reflect the best in current children’s literature, helping you to provide a broad, diverse and inclusive reading for pleasure collection in school.
  • The Bookbus visits your school making this a convenient and quick way of maintaining an appealing collection of books. If you prefer we can choose books for you saving you even more time.
  • Books come shelf-ready and serviced, with classification numbers, plastic jackets on paperbacks and fiction-category labels to help you and your pupils choose age-appropriate titles.

Termly Topic And Fiction Loan Boxes

Packed with resources to support teaching and learning in schools, our termly loan boxes have everything you need to dig deeper into curriculum topics or explore reading for pleasure.

Topic Loan Boxes

Our topic loan boxes contain 20 items hand-picked by our expert school librarians. This may include picture packs, posters and puppets, as well as non-fiction books. Our topic boxes are completely bespoke and selected to support the subject that is currently being studied in your classroom.

Fiction Loan Boxes

Promote reading for pleasure and support literacy, with our fiction loan boxes. These fantastic learning aids contain hand-picked fiction books, poetry and playsets. Select from the list below or let us know what you need.

P1 Poetry: Nursery rhymes and other rhymes, a wide range of contemporary and classic poetry, poems to learn by heart and a range of forms with different language play.

1 Reading for Pleasure: A wide range of high-quality books to help your pupils develop a love of reading, including key stories and significant authors.

2 Traditional and Fairy Tales

3 Stories with a Fantasy Theme

P2 Poetry: A wide range of poetry including different forms, poems to learn by heart and poems to perform.

7 Play scripts: 
Three different plays, in sets of six.

8 Traditional tales: 
Including myths, legends, folk tales, fables and fairy stories.

9 Wide range of fiction: 
Including different genres, such as adventure, fantasy, science fiction and historical.

19 Diaries, letters, autobiographies (first person recounts) and biographies

P3 Poetry: A wide range of poetry including different forms, poems to learn by heart and poems to perform.

13 Play scripts: 
Three different plays, in sets of six.

14 Traditional tales: 
Including myths, legends, folk tales, fables and fairy stories.

15 Stories from Other Cultures and Traditions

16 Fiction from Our Literary Heritage. Includes classic texts (some of which will be abridged versions) and Shakespeare

17 Modern Fiction: 
Including different genres and themes.

19 Diaries, letters, autobiographies (first person recounts) and biographies

Class Sets

Class sets, 30 copies of the same title, are available as part of Premier and Premier Plus Subscriptions or can be ordered for an additional fee by other subscribing or non-subscribing schools. Check out our full list of available class set loans here.

Playscript sets

Playscripts are available in sets of 30 copies as part of Premier and Premier Plus Subscriptions, or for an additional fee by other subscribing or non-subscribing schools. Check out our full list of available playscript loans here.

Education Resources Service - Artefact Loan Boxes

Artefact Loan Boxes

Bring the museum to your classroom, with our artefact loan box collections. Our artefact collection gives children of all ages and abilities the opportunity to see, touch and use objects from a period of history, a religion or a culture that is outside of their experience. We have over 300 boxes, covering 50 subjects including; recycling around the world, WW1, WW2, medieval history, the Romans, and much more.

The artefact service is designed for use by primary, special and secondary schools, as a stimulus for classroom discussion, research and creativity throughout the curriculum.

Education Resources Service - Story Sack Loans

Story Sack Loan Boxes

Develop and improve pupil reading skills, through our multi-sensory story sacks. They are packed with resources to encourage a life-long love of reading. Engage your KS1 pupils and help them to develop a love of reading, with our Story Sack Loans which offer a multi-sensory approach to storytelling. Story Sacks bring each storybook to life, with a related non-fiction book, a variety of interactive toys and games, a list of content notes and teacher guidance notes.

We have 25 different stories available as story sacks and have recently expanded our collection to include “Mad about Dinosaurs”, “Ten Little Pirates”, “Under the Sea” and “Zoo Animals”.

Bookbus

Ignite your pupils’ imagination, with an exciting visit from our Bookbus

The Bookbus is a fantastic opportunity to encourage young readers to develop a lifetime love of reading.

Our exchange system allows you to refresh your library or book corners by up to two books for every pupil each year, making our books a fantastic, cost-effective, renewable resource.

Our Storytelling Bookbus subscription is designed to foster an early love of stories and reading through lively interactive storytelling and high quality picture books from a wide range of authors. The BookBus visits you on site for a special KS1 storytime plus an opportunity to select from our extensive collection of picture books.

The Storytelling Bookbus subscription includes:
Bookbus visits with an ERS storyteller. Two visits per year.
Borrow 50 books. Swap for 50 different books on the next visit.
Discount on purchased books – 15%

Our Bookbus Experience is designed for Special Schools and gives pupils the opportunity to handle and share books in a library environment.

The Bookbus Experience subscription includes:
Two Bookbus visits per year.
Borrow 50 books. Swap for 50 different books on the next visit.
Discount on purchased books – 15%.

Book and Library Awards

Helping children love reading

As part of our commitment to helping children love reading for pleasure we would like to invite you to take part in our Juniper Book Awards. The Awards are designed to improve literacy, facilitate debate and encourage reading for pleasure among pupils at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 2.

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Premier and Premier Plus Subscriptions

PremierPremier Plus
eBooks from Fiction Express for home and school access to quality ebooks. Includes quizzes and tracking. Perfect for home learning.xYes
Termly loan boxes – class sets, story sacks and topic, fiction and artefact boxes.YesYes
Exchange service (long term) loans. Up to two books swapped per pupil per year on the Bookbus to support reading for pleasureYesYes
Library advice and hands-on help from one of our expert librarians. Book termly maintenance visits or use for a larger project6hrs (1 day)18hrs (3 days)
Libresoft Librarian Library Management System. Control the circulation of your stock with a simple to use library management system.xYes
Juniper Book Awards (Years 5 and 6). Participate in our annual book awards which promote reading for pleasure by introducing children and staff to different authors and genres and encouraging booktalk. Also includes the opportunity to attend an awards event with the shortlisted authors.xYes
A collection of digital reading badges from Sonar Awards. Award pupils for reading widely. These digital badges help you to encourage wider reading, improving pupils’ vocabulary and reading enjoyment and enabling them to access the whole curriculum.YesYes
10% of contract money to spend on books.xYes
Discount on purchased books17%20%