"I believe I have seen a genuine correlation between children involved in the ARTiculate workshops and target children making Age Related Expectation (ARE)...Every child benefited with progress, clearly evident in their school books."
Simon, Y4 Teacher, Leeds

"Raised pupil's writing by at least 1 sub-level - developed their ability to apply knowledge. Hopefully we will see ARTiculate in our school again!"
Andrew Howdle, Literacy Coordinator

"Very inspirational and creative - lots of new ideas to improve writing and unlock children's imaginations."
Nadia, Year 4 teacher


Wednesday, 17 September 2025

The future is ARTiculate!

Asking learners to be creative is one thing, but teaching them to think, act and be creative is quite another. ARTiculate Education has the solution, offering specially designed creative workshops that guide children through the processes behind successful, imaginative writing and powerful art.

Delivered by an experienced and innovative primary school teacher, my workshops celebrate enjoyment whilst contributing to superb progress in writing. Children I have worked with have loved the practical, hands-on activities and one school headteacher has described ARTiculate's cross curricular approach as "The Future".

I have creative literacy and science workshops for children of all ages and abilities, training packages for teachers and teaching assistants, and bundles of free resources

So pass it on: the future is ARTiculate. Book a workshop today!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

New Training Courses for Spring 2018!


All courses are priced at £140pp (includes lunch and resources) at a high-quality venue in north Leeds.

Early Bird offer - book one of the first six places on any course for only £100!
  
 12 January 2018 - Using quality texts in primary literacy, Leeds, full day
26 January 2018 - Using film in primary literacy, Leeds, full day

  2 February 2018 - Supporting creative writers (for primary TAs) - Leeds, full day
  9 February 2018 - No fear Shakespeare for primary schools, Leeds, full day
 *Dates may be subject to change.

To see more, see details of my training packages here or find out other ways to work with me.

For booking details, please email Stefan at articulateeducation@gmail.com




Friday, 1 September 2017

ARTiculate Interview - Amy and Nicola talk about working with me last term

Last term I worked with teachers Amy and Nicola from Leeds on a creative writing project. Designed around 'The Island' by Armin Greder, the theme of the project was immigration. If you like what you see, click here to see how your school could be involved or choose 'Work with me' from the nav bar.

See what Amy and Nicola had to say about working with me!




Watch the trailer for the film we made here:

 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Star Wars: Return of the Shadow Saber!

Star Wars: Return of the Shadow Saber (2017)
 The Star Wars saga continues with Star Wars: The Return of the Shadow Saber produced by ARTiculate Education and Trinity Vision. 

In this continuation of the sci-fi epic, the Sith, the Jedi and a group of vile bounty hunters are on a quest to reclaim the legendary Shadow Saber - a weapon of unspeakable power. Who will get their hands on it first and claim the ultimate power in the galaxy? This film was written, designed and performed by twelve children from Little London Primary School and Pudsey Lowtown Primary School, Leeds.

May the force be with you!





Friday, 21 July 2017

The Island - a movie trailer!

The Island - Trailer (2017)
 On the day the man arrived, the lives of the islanders were changed forever. This video was the culmination of an ARTiculate Education creative writing project with two Year 5 classes in Leeds that explored the issues of immigration, identity and belonging in modern Britain.

If you would like this workshop in your school, email me at articulateeducation@gmail.com and let me know.

The Island movie will wash ashore in September 2017 - enjoy the trailer!



Tuesday, 18 July 2017

ARTiculate winners at Pudsey Art Exchange 2017!



Summer is here again and so too is the Art Exchange - a community art project run by local artists in Pudsey, West Yorkshire. I have been working at Pudsey Lowtown this year as a collaborative English consultant and art teacher and this exhibition was the perfect opportunity to display some of the fantastic art work created by children at the school.

We even had three winners! A third place prize and two special commendations. Well done to those children! But prizes aside, this was the perfect way to end a year's worth of art teaching - the end of a process; and the idea of process is central to the way I have tried to teach art.

In what seems a growing trend, many schools choose to showcase art by holding a Creative Week or similar - a one week art frenzy where children take daily art lessons to develop their skills. Whilst it is great to see schools celebrating art by awarding it special focus, this approach is usually borne out of the lack of time to teach art regularly; children's understanding of the time-consuming but rich and rewarding processes by which art is created suffers as a consequence. Thus, creative skills become stilted and appreciation of art is diminished - victims of an education system obsessed with core subjects and metrics.

It was a rewarding opportunity therefore to be offer the chance to work with children weekly on art projects which gave the time to develop skills and examine the process of creating art rather than simply 'making' a finished piece. From Picasso to Magritte, to Chinese calligraphy to posters for Hamlet, this year's work at Pudsey Lowtown has been as rewarding as it has been varied - for the children and for me.

Pictures from this year's art work will appear in my Gallery this summer.

Most exciting was the work I did with Year 2 on surrealist Belgian artist Rene Magritte. Exploring the nature of abstract art, this project allowed the children to experiment changing and merging images and exploring symbolism in art. It was also a lot of fun!

We recreated Magritte's famous work The Treachery of Images featuring the famous line This is not a pipe (Ceci n'est pas une pipe) by using photographs of ourselves, replacing the face with an object that defines or has meaning for us.



Also a favourite among young visitors to the exhibition was this collaborative effort recreating Magritte's Golconda; rather than raining bowler-hatted men, this time it was raining us over a Leeds skyline. Everyone had fun trying to spot someone they knew!  







Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Pulling the strings - children as authors


Being an author is not just about writing a story - it is about telling a story. I often tell the children I work with that they are like magicians or puppet masters: they can cast the spell or pull the strings of the reader. How they navigate the reader through the story is in their hands.

Over the last few weeks I have been working with a group of children at Valley View Primary School on a topic exploring immigration and the voice of both migrants and those who receive them. The work is based on The Island by Armin Greder, a tale of a man washed ashore and the community who decide what to do with him.

The key stylistic element I have taught these children is the skill in which they manipulate the reader. Whether it is dropping subtle hints as to what will happen later or using the weather to signal the worsening mood of a story (e.g. the sky getting darker, the rain getting heavier), these tools go a long way to developing the children's voice as authors.

Coupled with the fact that these stories will be used to make a short film next week, the children have found the purpose and power of this writing project an exciting prospect. They have enjoyed pulling the strings like a real author should.

See our story plans and our drafts below.