Creative Teaching


Bring your subject to life, through ‘Enactive Learning.’

Please note that we are curently updating the dates and times for this course.

“I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand!”
Confucius (551-479 BC)

This course equips teachers with a wealth of practical methods, versatile techniques and fun activities to creatively transform their lessons. Suitable for NQT’s, eager to develop their skills and experienced teachers, wishing to extend their knowledge. Sessions are designed to meet the requirements of all participants and material can be used with all ages and abilities. The course has three parts delivered in one full day (6 hours).

Part One

Working Together

Motivate the class to work collaboratively.

Part Two

Deepening Understanding

Inspire students to explore subjects imaginatively.

Part Three

Investigating Alternatives.

Facilitate dramatic debate and encourage research.


Phil Richards, BA. Dip RSA. MA, trained as an actor and director at The Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and then gained an MA in Theatre Studies at The Royal Holloway and Bedford New College. He has qualified teacher’s status and has worked for 15 years in Mainstream Schools, as Head of Drama.

He has also managed the Theatre Department, for 4 Years, at the Brit School of Performing Arts. In addition, Phil has worked extensively with students who have disabilities, special educational needs, emotional and behavioral difficulties, and run workshops in care homes, hospitals and prisons.

He has run The Complete Works Company (as Chief Executive and Artistic Director) since its incorporation in 1999. He has written and directed a wide range of interactive plays and performances (under the pseudonym of Phillip Ashbourne) for both The Complete Works and the Snap Theatre Company, which has also presented his work in other languages. Alongside this, Phil has worked with the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts for the past 15 years, delivering courses on Acting, Directing, Writing, Devising and Community Theatre. He is currently coordinating and lecturing on the Year 2 module Performing Arts in the Community for the BA (Hons) Education, Culture and Society degree as well as lecturing on the MA in Creative Writing and Education at Goldsmiths, University of London.


Teachers from various backgrounds have attended this course at Goldsmiths since 2013 (primary teachers, secondary teachers, teachers of English, MFL, Physics, Psychology and Sociology, Performing Arts, Geography, SEN, ICT, History, … ) and feedback has been very positive: a great day, fun, inspiring and hands on (Kirstie); Really brilliant ideas (Paulina); It gave me ideas for linking activities to lesson objectives across the curriculum (Alex), to incorporate discrete drama teaching (Rachel), to include more drama activities in English and PHSE (Jack). Thank you! Lovely course, very positive, very practical (Anna); Excellent Tutor. Interesting and fun. I am now armed with excellent starters (Adbul-Kader); Very useful for History (Iffath); Thank you for a very inspiring and thoughtful session (Mariam); Very useful (more primary teachers should participate in this course (Ritu); Really nice fellow and participants and a great staff – pupil ratio (Ciaran); I really enjoyed being able to be involved in every activity rather than watching the tutor (Ayesha); It was brilliant. Thank you (Katy); Sharing of good practice in a relaxed environment. No use of computers. It’s all action, full of fun. Thank you (Rita); Thanks for an active and engaging day (Lucy).

Date:to be confirmed

Fee: to be confirmed

Registration: to be confirmed

Contact: Laurence Connor | Course Administrator | teacherscentre ( | 020 7919 7326