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Hywel Roberts

Hywel Roberts

A world leader in enthusiasm and hope around education and childhood

Hywel’s reputation has grown hugely since he stepped out of the classroom in 2009. He has found an incredible and innovative niche in the world of model teaching contributing to and advising curriculum designers and innovators from Barnsley to Brussels, from Cairo to Cleethorpes. Hywel is as at home in front of hundreds of headteachers on the conference circuit as he is when working with EAL children on the carpets of their classrooms. Hywel contributes to the national conversation around education at school and university level. He is an experienced teacher in Special, Primary and Secondary settings, nationally and internationally. He is also a well-respected author and contributes regularly to a variety of publications.

As well as contributing to University Education programmes in Sheffield, Leeds, Huddersfield, Liverpool, Durham and Wolverhampton, Hywel still works with children, keeping his insight fresh, current and useful. His work deals with curriculum liberation, creative practice, engagement, leadership, literacy, teacher development and Imagineering – the liberation of the art of teaching.

In addition to working in schools, Hywel is a regular contributor to conferences including The Sunday Telegraph Festival of Education, Northern Rocks, Practical Pedagogies in France, and The University of Belfast Thinking Conference. He is also in demand as a conference keynote speaker working alongside colleagues such as Mick Waters, Karen Ardley, The Real David Cameron and Estelle Morris as well as associates of Ian Gilbert’s Independent Thinking Ltd, an organisation he is very passionate about. Hywel has recently worked for the National Galleries in Edinburgh and the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds as a visiting teacher.

His award winning book ‘Oops! Getting Children to Learn Accidentally’ is published by Crown House Publishing and has proved very popular with educators around the world and now is a feature on the reading list of many university teacher training courses. His next books are published in 2017 and 2018. He writes a regular column for the Times Educational Supplement. He was recently described as ‘a world leader in enthusiasm’.

Testimonials from Teachers

"Hywel was absolutely amazing. Such an entertaining delivery with the educational message entwined within the presentation."

– Nigel Edge, West Bromwich Central Learning Community

"Inspirational! I usually have around 3 action points to go away with – I have 10 for this one! One of our school development areas is ‘casual inference’. This will certainly go a long way to addressing this. Mid-way through the session I ordered the book. Feeling chuffed to bits! Informative and interesting day filled with lots of ideas which I will plan into my teaching. Importance of the hook and contextualising the learning. Have to say I was definitely interested, you really engaged my thinking! I really want to make sure everyone back in my setting becomes obsessed. A thought provoking day with many ideas to draw on and develop. Definitely will share with other staff members of the next half term, thank you!"

– Primary Teacher, Ipswich

"One of the most inspiring, engaging and down to earth speakers you could wish for. People could really identify with him not just because of his humour but because what he was saying made sense, it was relevant and you could tell he's still teaching the same kids we are, rather than being stuck in an office simply writing about those kids."

– Dave Whitaker, Executive Principal, Springwell Learning Community

"Thanks Hywel for another fantastic day! My favourite comment was ‘just not long enough, have never said that about a course – thank you’ which I think sums up the brilliant and highly professional way you have engaged with HLTAs and school staff across the three events."

– Mary Strode, Principal Consultant, Leeds Beckett University​

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