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Training / Event Details


More Than A Story

How to develop children’s reading and writing skills through storytelling


Storytelling, story listening and oracy have a vital role in the development of children’s reading and writing skills as they progress through school.


The session will combine theory and research with practical activities, allowing delegates the opportunity to identify the connections between oral storytelling, literacy and creative writing. Delegates will develop a bank of activities, the skills and confidence to deliver story telling back in school

The training will include:
  • sharing research in cognitive and neurological sciences
  • a study of storytelling practice in education,
  • explore how storytelling is a practical aspect of oracy
  • how story listening experiences impact on reading and writing
  • an ideas bank of activities to implement storytelling in the classroom

Current research into the impact of storytelling on children’s attainment in reading and writing indicates that it has a number of added value outcomes, beyond what shared story book activity provides. Besides attainment in literacy, evidence suggests story listening experience contributes to the development of self regulation and critical thinking, as well as empathy and a sense of community.

Patrick Ryan
Patrick Ryan is a storyteller, educator and writer who has led several innovative storytelling projects including Kick into Reading, where he trained professional footballers to tell stories to children. He works all over Ireland, the UK and the USA, and across Europe telling stories, teaching educators and others who work with children to tell stories. He is currently conducting research on storytelling in related areas of literacy, children’s books, and cognition. He’s a part-time Research Fellow at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling and was recently storyteller-in-residence at Moscow Children’s Book Festival.
Pat has written many articles on storytelling and storytellers, and wrote the award winning anthology Shakespeare’s Storybook.

Booking Information

Schools that have purchased the Primary Art /Arts leader - support and development package can access this training at a reduced price of £210 per delegate.


FS, KS1 and KS2 primary teachers

06 Jun 2017 09:00 - 16:00

Closing date: 30/05/2017
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Date and Time

06 Jun 2017 09:00 - 16:00


Armley Mills Industrial Museum (Canal Road, Armley, Leeds / LS12 2QF), Canal Road, Armley, Leeds, LS12 2QF


Patrick Ryan