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The Storytelling School

Handbook for teachers

Chris Smith, Adam Guillain
Foreword by Pie Corbett


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SKU: 9781907359385 ISBN: 9781907359385
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Handbook for teachers that explains step-by-step how to become a storytelling school

This handbook describes a revolutionary way of delivering primary education. In a storytelling school all children learn to be storytellers, retelling and improving stories from memory as a way of learning both language and subject content across the curriculum. Children graduate with a repertoire of their own stories to tell. This approach has been shown to raise standards and fire imaginations in schools throughout the UK.

Chris Smith and Adam Guillain show you how to make this happen in practice. The handbook draws on more than ten years experience researching and developing this way of teaching. Piloted, researched and up-dated, this second edition includes new chapters on non-fiction teaching and cross-curricular integration across the school. It is packed with practical activities, examples, theory, charts, diagrams and photocopiable pages. It explains step-by-step how to become a storytelling school including how to:

  • Tell stories to your class
  • Develop and innovate on a learned story
  • Invent new stories
  • Link storytelling to improving writing standards
  • Apply the method to non-fiction teaching
  • Plan across the curriculum using the Storytelling School approach

Find out more

  • Chris Smith explains how children learn to be storytellers in Juno Magazine
  • For more details about Storytelling Schools visit their website
  • A full report into the effectiveness of the Storytelling Schools model can be found here
  • An article in Times Educational Supplement here

Additional information

Weight0.598 kg

Adam Guillain, Chris Smith Phd


Pie Corbett




184 pages


black and white illustrations




297 × 210 mm

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