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Open the Book began in Bedford in 1999, when a group of Christians started presenting Bible stories in school assemblies. It was so popular it grew and grew, becoming a national charity. In 2013 Open the Book became part of Bible Society.

Now members of local churches go into schools and tell stories in a 10-15 minute presentation. This can be incorporated into a wider school assembly, or stand alone.

Open the Book presents the Bible in primary schools in an accessible and enjoyable way, which helps schools meet their statutory collective worship obligations. We equip, encourage and enable volunteers from churches to deliver good quality assemblies. 

Advisory Group

Code of Practice


Safeguarding Policy – England & Wales (version 5 uploaded October 2016)

Safeguarding Code of Conduct – England & Wales (version 5 uploaded October 2016)

Safeguarding FAQs – England & Wales (version 5 uploaded October 2016)


Safeguarding Policy – Cymru a Lloegr

Safeguarding Code of Conduct – Cymru a Lloegr

Safeguarding FAQs – Cymru a Lloegr


Safeguarding Policy – Jersey

Safeguarding Code of Conduct – Jersey

Safeguarding FAQs – Jersey


Storyteller role description

Team Leader & Deputy Team Leader role descriptions

Four years of Storytelling

If having read these you need further guidance or help with Safeguarding queries, please contact us.


‘If you’re bad at reading, it doesn’t matter because you can just watch it. It’s easier to see it, and then you remember the stories better too. I like the story of Jonah and the whale – I’d never heard it before.’

Charles, aged 10

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