Thank you so much again for a brilliant day - staff were very excited to use their new skills and thank you for all of these great ideas. The storytelling heart of the school would be fantastic.
Khalsa Primary Slough
We'd have often switched off by now on an inset, but this is brilliant!
Teacher Khalsa Primary Slough Morning break at Storytelling Inset.
"That was absolutely fantastic, I didn't think it would be as good as that and I have certainly never seen nursery staff engaged like that before. Any training session I've been in with them in the past they've made no contribution. Lynne Roberts Nursery Manager
The 'unleashing the power of reading aloud' inset for our teaching assistants has made a huge positive impact.
Head Bowling Park Bradford
Teaching is a performing profession, so why not learn more performance skills?
If you are looking for a really fun, creative and productive staff training day, then storytelling skills with Richard O’Neill could be for you.
It’s not just about fun, there is a great business case for it too, it makes sense that your teachers have as many extra skills as possible. Useful for NQT's as much as experienced teachers and especially for teaching assistants.
See this unsolicited email from a head teacher:
We got ofsteded on Friday. We mentioned the work we had done with you which contributed to our outstanding for the spiritual moral, social and cultural aspect of our school.
Warmest regards Andy Ramsden Head teacher
The skills day is now being delivered to students at a number of universities around the country including York St John, Cumbria, and Tees, to help teachers in training and those who are newly qualified enhance their storytelling and engagement skills. Feedback on the courses have included comments of''outstanding' and 'inspirational'
As things change quickly in education, we continue to ask teachers and support staff of primary and secondary schools as well as many other education establishments about developing a really useful but fun INSET day. These are just a few of the things they told us they wanted:
Teachers: A fun day with lots of practical help and tips. Wanting to feel comfortable enough to ask any questions. New ideas and methods for literacy. New ideas and skills that could help with EAL. To be a better storyteller without using books. To equip all teachers, but especially our NQT's with tried and tested methods for engaging students.
Management: A day that equips staff with new skills. A day with team building opportunities. One that is backed up with examples of good practice and case studies. Transferable skills, improved communication and presentation skills. A day that they could take part in too and leave it completely to someone else. One that can help us develop our creative curriculum, one that links to our current focus.
So we listened and developed a day that covers all of the above and more. A day where you can learn just how much fun and power storytelling has, not just as an educational tool but for communication too. And we are still developing the day, new ideas, new stories, new projects all giving us new experience and tried and tested methods to pass on to delegates.
· All participants who successfully complete the course receive a level one storytelling skills certificate signed by Richard.
Price on application
Download the sample skills day programme remembering that it is a basic idea of what can be done during a session. We encourage clients to customise the day to suit their exact needs.
Our previous clients have told us that storytelling skills with Richard has helped improve communication with children, parents and each other. It has renewed enthusiasm, unlocked creativity and greatly helped teachers work with EAL children and parents.
We can also help you develop positive stories about your school helping you with your communications strategy.
A teacher who attended a one hour workshop with Richard at a conference was asked what she had learned;
Being inclusive- engaging children from different backgrounds, nationalities-engage children whose first language is not English through expressive storytelling.
An organiser of an NQT conference;
Feedback from the attendees has been resoundingly positive with over 50% of the NQT'S noting you as their star of the conference and an outstanding key-note speaker.
Full day storytelling inset's feedback
Opened my eyes to the joys of stories again
C. M Reading ambassador
I felt more able and empowered by the end of the day
S.H Deputy head teacher
Richard was an excellent facilitator who made me feel very involved yet would constructively offer tips and support
D.W Schools partnership and resource manager
Words to describe the session
Motivational, Inspiring, focussing, reassuring, confidence building, different, good, witty, refreshing Funny, thought provoking, entertaining, enthusiastic, exciting, friendly, moving along, passionate,
Fantastic Thank you
I just wanted to say thank you for the training yesterday. It was fantastic. In the future, I would love to arrange for you to come in and work with some of our children. I am sure you get booked up well in advanced but I will get my literacy co-ordinator onto it. Anyway, I am off to do the Pink Barbie Bike story with Year 5 this afternoon. MH Head teacher
“Good practice in encouraging enthusiasm for literacy and storytelling”
“Lots of good ideas and thoughts from this session.”
“Inspiring and made me think of how to use stories in my teaching”
“Liked roundabout teaching children according to their ideas; story writing/idea process is perhaps not as linear as we teach children.”
“He highlighted practical and exciting ways to teach which is very beneficial.”
“Very useful advice, ideas that can be used throughout the primary school”
NQT’S York St John University
"The training exceeded my expectations. Richard was a pleasure to work
with and we were made to work outside our comfort zones to enhance our
storytelling skills. This was really useful for our work at the Museum."
Martin Skelton Delegate
''Richard was a pleasure to work with and was able to tailor the
session to our group. We all gained a great deal from the training in
terms of building skills, experience and confidence in story telling and
we also had fun. The team have been eager to make use of what they have
learnt and have used many of the new skills and techniques with
Visitor Programmes Manager
Imperial War Museum North
"That was absolutely fantastic, I didn't think it would be as good as that and I have certainly never seen nursery staff engaged like that before. Any training session I've been in with them in the past they've made no contribution. "Thank you very much the storytelling training session this afternoon.
My team and I enjoyed the experience and came away with many fond memories. We shared so many experiences and have learnt new techniques and approaches to story telling which we can use and adapt within our nursery setting. Upon speaking to several members of my team they came away feeling more empowered, confident and enthusiastic.
Please can you convey our sincere thanks to Richard O'Neill for a most enjoyable story telling experience.
L R (Nursery Manager)