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My name is Stefan Kucharczyk. I am a primary school teacher, lecturer and writer from the UK. I run ARTiculate Education: an educational project that brings together teaching, consultancy and independent research to promote creativity in children’s writing, and other expressive and imaginative work.

I am looking to:
a) work in partnership with educators and learners to support children’s creative and expressive development;
b) conduct and disseminate independent research into children’s creativity in writing;
c) and provide creative workshops for children and training and mentoring for teachers, school leaders and education students.

My research interests: children as authors, primary writing, film-making, digital literacy, Shakespeare in primary literacy, teacher identity and professionalism, Star Wars in the classroom.

My ambition is to:
-    Help redefine how educators and learners understand creativity
-    Support learners and practitioners to recognise their own creative potential
-    Promote effective pedagogies that help learners fulfil their creative potential

My principles:
-    Respectful: respecting children’s ideas and helping to realise them
-    Inclusive: creativity is an inclusive space
-    Collaborative: working in partnership with the children, children working together
-    Holistic: acknowledging the value of a child’s range of experiences

To book a workshop, a guest lecture or to find out more, please email me at

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