Schools

Performances, Workshops and CPD for Primary and Secondary Schools

I offer Storytelling Performances, Workshops and CPD sessions to all schools from Primary to Secondary and all age ranges from 4yrs – 18yrs.

Storytelling is a fantastic way to engage and motivate pupils whilst extending their vocabulary, stimulating their imaginations and their sense of empathy. It’s a brilliant launching pad for all kinds of literacy work. The workshops I offer use drama and storytelling skills to bring the stories to life and create new ones with the pupils, as well as laying down foundations for writing.

“Jackie is an extremely artful and practiced storyteller – a delight to watch. She told stories to each of the primary school classes in our local school, as well as a mixed age group and for the teens at the local learning centre.  In each case, she chose audience appropriate stories- flexibly and seamlessly adapting her approach when necessary. She is simply remarkable and I cannot recommend her highly enough.” – Renita Boyle, Author and Storyteller

“Do you know what you did to me? I used to think that Fairy Stories were baby stories, now I think they’re brilliant!” – Chloe, pupil, Lancaster

“A rare gift for inspiring children with stories they love. Her enthusiasm is infectious.” Simon Hayhow, Fleetwood Museum

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PRIMARY SCHOOLS

The easiest way to bring me into your school is to book me for a day of combined performances and workshops. I’ve performed in schools for audiences of 30 – 600 so there is a great degree of flexibility! The most popular format for a Primary School day package is the following:

Morning:

30 min Performance for Nursery and/or reception

1 hr Performance for all the Infants

1 hr Performance for all the Juniors

Afternoon:

2 x 1½ hr workshops, each for a single class  (max number 35 in each) The workshop  ideally requires a Hall space but can be accommodated in classrooms or other spaces if furniture is cleared.

I’m very happy to discuss other formats for the day (prior to booking) so that it is bespoke for your school. The price remains the same.

Cost: £300 plus travel.

A twilight CPD session (1½ hrs) on the same day can be added for an extra   £150 and includes a storytelling teachers’ pack.

I am also available for residencies and longer projects. If this is of interest please get in touch.

 

 “We met up with Susan and Michelle from Ackworth Howard school last week and both were absolutely raving about the work you did and the difference it made. I can honestly say you’ve had some of the best feedback we’ve ever had!” Debra Kidd, Integrate Arts, Wakefield

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SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Booking a day is the same as for Primary Schools. The combination of performances / workshops and the cost are the same, but due to timetabling issues in secondary schools, the booking will always include a bespoke running order for the day that works for you.

CPD SESSIONS

I have a background and extensive knowledge and expertise as a Drama and Storytelling Specialist in Education (see below).

CPD training days include an initial consultation with the school to make sure that the day will be appropriate to your specific needs, relevant and informed.

“Jacqueline is an inspiration and I wish she could be there to help with all areas of planning on a weekly basis!”

Angela Blacoe, teacher, Lancashire County Council ‘Learning Excellence’ INSET attendee

Educational Expertise

Before becoming a full time storyteller and writer in 2000, I was Head of Drama and Theatre Studies in three High Schools in Lancashire over twelve years. The students were fabulous. I loved their vigour, candour, authenticity and the babble of life they brought into the drama studio.

I also worked for “Creative Partnerships” for six years, developing and delivering storytelling projects in over one hundred schools. At the same time I ran two three-year-programmes and shorter programmes in schools as a Creative Learning Consultant, working alongside senior management and staff to develop and manage projects that led to the embedding of Creative Learning Strategies that were shown to raise both engagement and attainment across the curriculum. This was supported with bespoke CPD sessions.

I also have a Post graduate Certificate in Advanced Educational Practice: Creative Practice, Arts and Culture (as well as a PGCE).

CPD Full Training Day:

Storytelling for Literacy

Objectives:

  • To develop techniques for using stories orally in the classroom.
  • To develop techniques to encourage children to tell and develop their own oral stories, both collaboratively and individually.
  • To look at ways in which this work can be developed and lead into successful creative writing.

This one day course will provide a solid grounding in how to use storytelling techniques to develop children’s literacy skills. We will look at ideas and strategies for supporting children to create and tell their own stories. In the morning we will focus on ways to develop and tell oral stories. In the afternoon we will concentrate on how to encourage children to use these skills as a basis for developing written pieces and explore techniques to help them gain the confidence and motivation to put pen to paper. Included in the workshop fee will be a booklet outlining the techniques used and a list of available resources.
Suitable for teachers at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage3

 “The teachers’ INSET as you could tell, was a hugely enjoyable day. Teachers commented: “I had a wonderful time… I feel more confident… I  realise the value of personalising the story for different audiences…thoroughly enjoyable…very motivating.” David Smith, Mid-Pennine Arts

CPD Full Training Day:

Developing Drama Story Structures to support Literacy

Objectives:

  • To become familiar with a variety of Drama techniques that can be applied directly to the classroom
  • To look at ways in which these techniques can be used to create structures that can give context and meaning to learning across the curriculum.
  • To discover the ways in which these techniques can incorporate a wide variety of writing tasks in a way that makes them easy and accessible to pupils, particularly those who find literacy difficult.

This course will explore a wide variety of drama techniques along with strategies for managing drama in the classroom.  We will then look at how these techniques can be used to build Drama Story Structures that will create a learning environment that supports  speaking, listening and many forms of writing. This way of working can be applied to different areas of the curriculum. It provides a context for learning that can encourage and motivate pupils. This course includes a resource pack explaining the different drama techniques.

“Loved Jackie’s practical workshop. I totally engrossed myself and got lost in the Rising of the Nile. Lots of practical ideas and the teaching manual is excellent.”  “A must for school INSET!” from feedback on Inset for the Lancashire Museum schools literacy project headed by Lesley Parkinson for Renaissance.

Cost of Training Day: £500 plus travel

Educational Experience

Before becoming a full time storyteller and writer in 2000, I was Head of Drama and Theatre Studies in three High Schools in Lancashire over twelve years.  The students were fabulous. I loved their vigour, candour, authenticity and the babble of life they brought into the drama studio.

I  also worked for “Creative Partnerships” for six years, developing and delivering storytelling projects in over one hundred schools. At the same time I ran two three-year-programmes and shorter programmes in schools as a Creative Learning Consultant, working alongside senior management and staff to develop and manage projects that led to the embedding of Creative Learning Strategies that were shown to raise both engagement and attainment across the curriculum.  This was supported with bespoke CPD sessions.