Hywel Roberts

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Speaker Topics

  • Teaching Assistants
  • Teaching
  • Pedagogy and Practice
  • Optimism in difficult times
  • Newly Qualified Teachers
  • Middle Leadership
  • Learning
  • Leading Learning
  • Inclusive Classrooms
  • Curriculum
  • Creativity
  • Classroom Support
  • Classroom Management
  • Behaviour/Discipline


Hywel has been a teacher for over twenty-five years. His reputation has grown hugely since he stepped out of the full-time 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.
Hywel contributes to the Masters programme in Drama and Creative Writing at Leeds Beckett University. He also contributes to the PGCE programme in Drama at Huddersfield University. He also contributes to University Education programmes in Sheffield, 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, The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield 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 book ‘Uncharted Territories’ is written with Dr Debra Kidd was published in 2018. He writes a regular column for the Times Educational Supplement about his encounters as a ‘travelling teacher’. Hywel is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He was recently described as ‘..a world leader in enthusiasm’.

Current Positions Held

• Visiting lecturer at the University of Huddersfield and Sheffield Hallam University
• Visiting practitioner at The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
• School Improvement Team, Wellspring Academy Trust focusing on pedagogy, practice and curriculum
• Associate of Independent Thinking Ltd
• Member of the national training team for Mantle of the Expert
• Writer and presenter of NQT programme, Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Personal Achievements and Awards

Personal Achievements and Awards
• First book, ‘Oops! Helping Children Learn Accidentally’, winner of British Book Design and Production Awards 2012
• Lesson used as model lesson for professional tutorials on the use of IRIS observation software
• Writing of two novellas for low level readers made available to prisoners in UK prisons through The Shannon Trust
• Appointed Advanced Skills Teacher in Creativity and Engagement

OOPS! Helping Children to Learn Accidentally (ITL Press/Crown House, 2012)
Nightman and The Silver Wolf (Shannon Trust 2015) Two short novels for low-level adult readers
Bad Hat Harry and Imagineering (ITL Press/Crown House to be published 2017)
Chapters in There is Another Way (ITL Press/Crown House, 2015) and Don’t Change the Lightbulbs (Crown House, 2013)

Relevant Career and Professional Background

2009-present A Travelling Teacher Working in schools and universities across the UK and internationally.

1996 – 2009 Advanced Skills Teacher in Drama, English in South Yorkshire. Led teams in Performing Arts and Media. Responsibilities included the transformation of a Key Stage 3 curriculum, innovative transition initiatives as well as the planning and delivery of sessions for national conferences

Head of Drama Team leader of a successful and vibrant department

1993 – 1996 Teacher of English and Drama in West Yorkshire

Additional Information

Typical feedback:
•Thank you for a positive, heartfelt, inspiring and heartfelt talk today.
•Absolutely blown away by you today. Thank you so much for inspiring us at our Learning and Teaching conference. You caused such a buzz!
•You were funny, inspiring and real!
•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 filed with lots of ideas which I will plan into my teaching. Importance of the hook and contextualizing the learning
•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!
•Really enjoyed re-igniting the curriculum with Hywel. So many affirming moments to make us think and inspire our young learners. Thanks very much from one happy learner!
•Wow…what can I say ‘Chuffin marvelous!’ Thank you so much for a truly inspiring day with lots of wonderful ideas to put into my developing toolbox
•Fantastic! Very inspiring and many ideas to explore at school. I have been encouraged to ‘risk take’ again. From my children a massive ‘thank you!’
•A fantastic, thought-provoking day and so entertaining! Definitely going to look at our curriculum again. ‘Chuffing hell’ took me right back! Thank you so much.
•Thought-provoking, inspiring and engaging. Lots of ideas to build on. As an NQT it has given me a lot of starting points for a challenging mixed age class. Thank you.

Hywel was brilliant - very engaging and informative

Hywel was fantastic, funny, engaging and useful

Hywel - what an inspirational guy;

I felt like we could have easily spent the day with Hywel

Thank you - Hywel was amazingly engaging

First Speaker [Hywel Roberts] was the best we have had to date. Really engaged us all.

Hywel’ s talk reflected the practitioner I would like to be!
We had a terrific day and would definitely recommend to others, both your company and Hywel Roberts!

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