“At the heart of the world’s best teaching you’ll find one admittedly made-up word -‘botheredness’"
Hywel Roberts
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.

“We’re gonna need a bigger boat” – Oops! Helping Children Learn Accidentally

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  • 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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Feedback from recent events include:

"I just wanted to write and say thank you for this morning - it was one of the best sessions I have heard delivered by someone with an English teacher background in as long as I can remember. So much of what you said rang true and it was inspiring to hear how much fun you clearly had doing what you do. As a group of English teachers we really did get where you were coming from and you gave us the confidence that so much of what we try to achieve and do by our students/Departments, is going somewhere in the right direction."

"Please pass on our thanks to Hywel for a truly inspirational talk, delivered with his usual humour. As expected all of the teachers were inspired by what he had to say and understood what they could achieve with small changes. They particularly liked the message that reiterated that they were free to deliver the curriculum in any way and he showed a clear way to make the curriculum very engaging and an experience that immersed the pupils in it. They could see that this was an effective way to create a personal experience for each pupil.I am meeting with the cluster headteachers so will get feedback from them too, but those who I have spoken to since have also said their teachers were ‘buzzing’ with the ideas. Many of my teachers have already tried out the ‘fifth’ season and reported great engagement from the pupils. It has really supported us in finding ways to encourage great writing through great thinking and talking."

"I felt motivated to email 'thank you' to you. Today was the second time I've heard you speak and I was once again left feeling inspired and motivated to be the best version of 'me the teacher' as I can be. Your enthusiasm, passion and humour need bottling. A great way to begin the new term! I sincerely hope I have the privilege of listening to you speak again."

"Hywel has you in stitches. CDP has never been so hilarious. Aside from the jokes, Hywel instils a sense of power, and inspiration. Mantle of the expert should be a staple in every classroom."

"Would just like to say Hywel was BRILLIANT yesterday. He'd really listened to our needs as a school and crafted something bespoke around these. He was warm, open, engaging and the staff really took on board great ideas."

"You have given me back my creativity today and I will be grateful for that for a long time."


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.