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How do you go about using curiosity and wonder to improve engagement and raise achievement in the classroom?

We had a chat with Dr Matthew McFall whose (second) doctorate is all about the power of curiosity and wonder in the classroom along with former headteacher Dave Harris who employed Matthew as the UK's first school-based 'Agent of Wonder'.

Together they set up a Wonder Room in the school, drawing on the centuries old tradition of the Cabinet of Curiosities. In the words of this The Guardian article about the project, 'Every school should have one'.

For more wondrous ideas to fire your curiosity, check out Matthew's The Little Book of Awe and Wonder.

This online conversation is just one from our What Now Week series of webinars, recorded during the 2020 national lockdowns.

Click here to see the full series.

To find out more about booking Dr Matthew McFall and/or Dave Harris for your school, college or organisation call us on 01267 211432 or drop us an email on

About the author

Dr Matthew McFall

Dr Matthew McFall is an expert on the application of curiosity, wonder and even magic in the classroom to improve learning and motivation. He is the author of The Little Book of Awe and Wonder for the Independent Thinking Press

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