My name is Kate Barron. I have worked in education for over 10 years, teaching and leading across a range of key stages, at both primary and middle school level.
I have a wealth of experience leading on English and Oracy in challenging, inner-city school settings. Over the past 6 years, alongside full-time teaching, I have also worked as a senior teacher trainer for Storytelling Schools, transforming learning through this powerful approach in settings all over the UK. I now work full-time for Storytelling Schools, delivering teacher training on all aspects of our education model. Excitingly, this work is now taking me to Malta, where we are working with the National Literacy Agency to improve verbal and written communication skills across the island, as well as places like Nepal and Sierra Leone.
I am passionate about education that is creative, fun and inclusive, built on engaging language-rich experiences that are so paramount in enabling children to flourish, both personally and academically. I truly believe in the magic of storytelling and that filling children up with a treasure chest of stories that they can tell from memory, time and time again, is one of the greatest gifts we can give. Promoting fluent communication in all areas of the curriculum is essential if we want to develop confident, creative and critical thinking individuals: those who can lead happy lives and make a positive contribution to the world.