Skip to main content

Research and publications

Stefan Kucharczyk, BA Hons, PGCE, PGCHE, FHEA MRes

Recent teaching roles

Associate Lecturer, (2018-present) - The Open University
Education Studies, Primary Education 

Research interests
  • creativity and children's writing in primary education
  • children as authors and auteurs
  • film-making, visual literacy, digital literacy
  • teacher identity

Keywords: writing, creativity, children as authors, film-making, graphic novels, teacher identity, performativity, children as auteurs



Kucharczyk, S. and Kucharczyk, M. (forthcoming 2021) Teaching Shakespeare in Primary Literacy: All the World’s A Stage, London: David Fulton
Gill, A., Kucharczyk, S. and Lenahan, C. (2021) 'Reading and children’s lives'. In A. Gill, M. Stephenson, and D. Waugh (Eds.) Developing a Love of Reading and Books. London: Sage.

Kucharczyk, S. and Kucharczyk, M. (2017) All the World’s A Stage: Ideas for teaching Shakespeare in the primary classroom, Leeds: ARTiculate Education


Kucharczyk, S and Hanna, H., (2020) 'Balancing teacher power and children’s rights: rethinking the use of picturebooks in multicultural primary schools in England' in Human Rights Education Review 3(1):49-68, June 2020

Kucharczyk, S. (2020)  'Teacher identity in a performative age: Coming to research through autoethnography' BERA Blog Series, 5 May 2020 [ONLINE] Available at:  [Accessed on 5 May 2020]

Kucharczyk, S. (2018) ‘Ode to nowhere’, Storymakers Dialogues: Making Sense of Ourselves in the World, Issue 1, June 2018 [Online] Available at:
Hanna, H. & Kucharczyk, S. (2017) 'Sharing the tools of teaching and research: the value of picture-books'. SPICE Journal, 20th February 2017. Available at: 
Hanna, H. and Kucharczyk, S. (2017) ‘How to use picture books to get your class talking about emotions’ The Guardian Teacher Network, 26 October 2017 [Online] Available at:

Kucharczyk, S. (2017) An Author Way: a shift in the pedagogy of writing [Online] Available at:

Hanna, H. and Kucharczyk, S. (2016) ‘Five ways to help migrant children settle in your class.’ The Guardian Teacher Network, 22 November 2016 [Online] Available at:

Kucharczyk, S. (2016) ‘More than a thousand words: a salute to the genius of picture books.’ TES Online, [Online] Available at:

Kucharczyk, S. (2016) ‘Engaging your rogue ones: using Star Wars in the classroom.’ TES Online [Online] Available at:

Popular posts from this blog

Progression in primary drama - going beyond the National Curriculum

Drama is an integral component of primary English teaching. It is the engine that drives creative responses to stories, helping children explore characters, settings and predicaments. Yet the primary National Curriculum for England (DfE, 2013) makes scant reference to drama. Some generic guidance indicates the importance of speaking, listening and performing although these points are both too obvious and too generalised to be useful to teachers and subject coordinators hoping to embed drama across the whole school. When writing our forthcoming book, Teaching Shakespeare in Primary Schools: All the World's a Stage (Routledge, David Fulton, 2021), both Maureen and I felt that whole-school drama guidance for primary teachers - so integral to teaching Shakespeare's plays - was notably lacking from online resources currently available (apologies if you have produced such a document but we could not find it!). We decided to compile our own. In fact, you may have found this blog post

Filthy wretch or poor thing? Rethinking the Island, KS2, Week 1

A treat for the final half term - a new workshop at a delightful school in Leeds! This half term I am working with two Year 5 teachers to develop a cross-year group, cross-curricular writing project based on my favourite picture book, Armin Greder's The Island . I've done this book many times and every time the response is different! This week, we got to grips with the facts, possibilities and mysteries of the story. What do we know about the story so far? (we only ever read up to page 6 to leave it on a knife edge...) What doesn't this story tell us and what could we infer or predict?     We looked at the crowd of islanders who 'welcome' the stranger's arrival. As in every class, country or community, no group ever sees the world the same way and we discussed how the islanders might react differently to the man. Is he a poor thing who needs to be rescued? Is he a curiosity? Is he a threat? We each adopted an islander and took on their perspective f

The Dragon Boat's afloat! Art with Year 1

This half term I have been teaching art with Year 1. Far from just being an art project, this work has shown how vital DT in helping children apply what they have learned in core subjects. For this art project, our topic has been the Chinese Dragon Boat festival, celebrated by Chinese communities around the world in early summer. We even had one here in Leeds! Our challenge has been to create a dragon boat that will float on water. The children drew and painted 3D dragon heads to attach to the scaly bodies that will make the floating part of the boat. The trickiest part was attaching the corks to the inside that would help the boats float on water. It took a lot of trial and error using a water tray to get it just right. The children did a fantastic job and have really enjoyed it. It just goes to show how vital art and DT are to children's learning - not only do they draw in creative aspects of learning, completing a project like this requires knowledge of science, math