“Our brains are hardwired to make sense of the world through metaphor, imagery, language and sound”
Trisha Lee
We last saw Trish working her magic in a school in Hong Kong. She was on a ‘world tour’ and had just come from working with children in a South African township. Using just the floor, a book of stories written by children and some masking tape she transformed a primary classroom into the most magical place full of tigers, pirates and man-eating giants. But that’s what Trish does so well – bring the magic out of the children to help them create magical learning experiences.

Trisha believes passionately in letting children be creative, allowing them to learn and gain self-belief through the power of storytelling, story acting and Helicopter Stories - an approach based on the work of Vivian Gussin-Paley, patron to MakeBelieve Arts.

To help develop children's reading and creative writing, their overall language and literacy and promote huge gains in their confidence, she needs just enough space to create her masking tape 'stage' where children and teachers alike are enthused to tell their stories.

With her enthusiasm and fully interactive workshops, Trish always makes learning magical for teachers and children from EYFS to KS2.

Feedback from recent events include:

"Just to say what an excellent day training Trish provided for us. It was really inspiring, giving so many ideas of how to be creative in teaching reading. There was a huge amount of laughter with the learning during the day. Really fabulous."

"Please pass on my thanks to Trisha Lee for a truly inspirational session at the Early Years Conference in Milton Keynes. I started using what I'd learnt the very next day with my Nursery class. The children were really keen to give me their stories. Highlights included Cinder-Elsa and the merman godmother; an Iron Man story where he had to 'fly-jump' and 'then a T-Rex came roaring on his heavy stone bike.' I'm so excited about the whole thing and have ordered more masking tape ready for the new term"

"We have just had Trisha Lee for a day's training on creative approaches to Maths (morning) and English (afternoon). She’s been a breath of fresh air and inspiration for us. Lots of fun and laughter mingling effortlessly with creativity, inclusivity, originality (from her and also brought out from the participants) – and also with educational, child-friendly and brain-friendly sense... please pass this on to whoever employed her in your company – she is excellent, and not just for early years but across the primary spectrum"


"Trisha was inspirational and was able to engage everyone in the room. She had in a fun and unthreatening way, motivated everyone to look at how we approach children's learning. I would recommend Trisha to other schools who need to be reminded about why we teach and that it can always be interesting and fun!"

"It was really useful and lovely to see Trisha actually work with a group of children to demonstrate the whole process. It is refreshing to be able to watch someone else and reflect"

"Thank you so much for your informative and entertaining talk last week at our Junior Heads' Conference. We all enjoyed listening to you and I, for one, have fed back several of your story telling ideas to my staff for them to 'spice up' their lessons"
“Glance in any nursery or reception classroom and you will see princesses and superheroes, monsters and dragons, confronting danger, challenging evil, or running home to safety in a helicopter” - Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories.

To read more about Trisha Lee please click here

  • Trisha has been with Independent Thinking since 2012

  • Trisha’s DBS number is 001443254210 Issued 1st May 2014

  • Click here to see our price guide

Events

The Big Conference at Cotgrave - 17th March 2017

There is Another Way - our Big Conference at Cotgrave, NG12 3JG takes place on 17th March 2017 and is a day for everyone passionate about raising standards, bringing out the best in their schools - and doing it the right way. Cost: £149 (plus VAT) for the first delegate and £129 (plus VAT) for further delegates from the same institution. NB: We can only accept payment by debit or credit card through online booking (just select the PayPal payment method option - you do not need to have a PayPal account). Click view below or on the event page on the right to see the full programme.

Very Creative Maths for the Primary Classroom

With Trisha Lee. Does what it says...

Parent Event

For many schools, getting parents to the school for an event is something that is only beaten in difficulty by getting the right parents to school for an event. That said, the parents who do come to our Learning and Motivation for Parents Events always head home buzzing with ideas that are not only helpful in dealing with their children but also very relevant for their own careers and personal development.

Governor Event

Being a governor is an incredibly important task these days so we are delighted when we are asked to support them in their work in all sorts of schools around the country. Apart from ensuring the event is an entertaining and enjoyable one for all, especialy as it is so often on a rainy Saturday, we make sure our input is informative, relevant, up to date and guarantees all governors go back into their schools knowing what to look for, what to do and the rights sorts of questions to ask.

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