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Storytelling across the curriculum as a tool to raise attainment


22/02/2019 09:30






About this event

Storytelling is highly effective in developing self-confidence, literacy and concentration skills in all pupils, as well as being an effective way to engage parents. 

This highly practical workshop will draw on proven successful creative storytelling practice developed through residencies in both primary and secondary schools in Scotland. Aimed at class teachers and other education staff from primary and secondary settings, the session will demonstrate the capacity of storytelling to support pupils, while allowing you to develop your own skills as a storyteller through practical activities. 

Key learning:

  • Understand how storytelling can be used to support pupils'                
  • Listening and concentration skills
  • Self-confidence
  • Oral literacy and creative writing skills
  • Develop your own skills as a storyteller through practical activities.

Facilitator bio

Bea Ferguson is one of Scotland’s best-known storytellers with over twenty years’ experience of telling stories to all ages from Nurseries to Nursing Homes. For many years she was the Chair of the Scottish Storytelling Forum.

Her early career was in Stage Management and after studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, she worked in many theatres including the Royal Shakespeare Company and then for BBC Television in London and Scotland.

Later she retrained as a children’s’ librarian and worked in both school and public libraries.  It was during this time that she became aware of the vital role that oral storytelling can play in literacy and in a child’s linguistic development.

Bea is a very experienced trainer and has led workshops over many years for teachers, librarians, parents, children and adults interested in storytelling.  She was one of the senior tutors on the Contemporary Storytelling Course for adults, run in conjunction with Newbattle Abbey College in Midlothian.

Bea has worked extensively in schools and has been Storyteller in Residence for several schools in Angus, Fife and Perthshire.  Recently she has been working with secondary schools in North Lanarkshire on projects using storytelling to raise attainment through Pupil Equity Funding.

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