Our topic of the week is inspiration and ‘hooks’ in teaching.
Our very special guest is consultant and drama teacher, Hywel Roberts. Hywel began with an English degree and then a PGCE in English and Drama. Teaching practice at the school from the TV show Educating Yorkshire taught him a lot about engagement and behaviour management. He subsequently taught in a school in Wakefield and remembers crying into an empty filing cabinet after trying to teach a class Julius Caesar. That class ‘took him to the cleaners’ three times a week.
He then went to Barnsley to set up a drama department as well as to teach English. It was challenging but it was at a time when education was being used to regenerate the area alongside many other initiatives.
He became an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) and learned that one way of engaging children was trying to ‘get them bothered’ about what they were doing. They invested in a great creative curriculum in Key Stage 3…
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