“At the heart of the world’s best teaching you’ll find one admittedly made-up word -‘botheredness’”
Hywel Roberts
‘Young girl kills the first person she meets then teams up with three strangers to kill again’ is how one TV reviewer famously described the Wizard of Oz. For Hywel, a teacher whose passion for teaching is almost matched by his passion for film, it is the more traditional take on the movie which describes what education should be about – courage, brains and heart.

Hywel, an Associate Director of Independent Thinking, is working both nationally and internationally with mainstream and special schools and at university level helping teachers design the sort of creative classroom experiences that make learning fun, relevant, active and real - for all learners. Drawing on his drama background and his work with the celebrated Mantle of the Expert approach, Hywel shares his innovative ideas with an infectious enthusiasm and humour, all of which are captured wonderfully in his highly popular first book Oops! Helping Children Learn Accidentally.

Feedback from recent events include:

"I thought I'd drop you a line to thank you for what was a highly enjoyable, informative and entertaining morning on Friday 2 September at Emneth Primary School. It was really refreshing to hear your enthusiasm, not to mention your Northern sense of humour which I severely miss here in Norfolk!"

"Hywel was outstanding! His presentation was just what we hoped for and got the conference off to an excellent start. He did exactly what I hoped he would do. He got the conference off to a flying start with his usual mix of challenge and humour. He put a group of professionals into the positive frame of mind that made the whole day a great and enjoyable success. I would recommend Hywel to anyone."

"Can I just say that I was beyond impressed with Hywel last Wednesday. He was without a doubt one of the most inspiring presenters that we have ever had in school and staff whole-heartedly agreed with that."

"The day has been amazing - the first training event I have attended where I've not wanted the day to end! Hywel is inspirational, motivational, funny, but above all down to earth and credible. Everyone has got so much out of today - this CPD will impact on us in school for a long time to come. A very worthwhile day - I'm glad our original trainer couldn't make it!"

"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."

"You have given me back my creativity today and I will be grateful for that for a long time."
“We’re gonna need a bigger boat” – Oops! Helping Children Learn Accidentally

To read more about Hywel Roberts please click here

  • Hywel has been with Independent Thinking since 2010 and is one of The 33

  • Hywel’s DBS number is 001439015642 Issued 21st March 2014

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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.

Lessons Worth Behaving For

With Hywel Roberts. Creative strategies for the classroom to increase engagement.

How to Teach Without Losing Your Soul

With Hywel Roberts and Dr Debra Kidd. This Event helps you to remember why you became a teacher.

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.