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Simon has worked in primary schools and also has Key stage 3, GCSE, BTEC and A-level Drama and English Experience, including Head of Drama and Head of Media Studies including vocational studies for those less academic.
Simon is a fully qualified, experienced teacher of 25 years, and is DBS checked.


Download my recent casesudy from Norfolk CP school: here  (Word document)

Download my reflective toolkit for teachers here  based on the hook/provocation from a real author:



The following video is an evaluation from pupils and teachers after Simon introduced Mantle of the Expert and animation at Manor Lodge primary school: (Space Rescue and Amazon Rescue)



Our Dinosaur/Rainforest space co-created with year 3 at Pipworth Community Primary School, Sheffield 



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The space was used to deliver cross -curricular Drama lessons which impacted on literacy attainment. The wider curriculum, including science and geography also benefited.


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Year 4 co-constructed a world war 2 space for study of evacuees/the Blitz. Drama in the space encouraged creative writing linked to History, Geography, PSHE and literacy.


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I also provide hands-on, practical teacher training on 'Mantle of the Expert'.  Recently we provided a CPD session for primary teachers in the East of Sheffield. The evaluation feedback was excellent for content of talk, style of presentation and the relevance to the teachers' classroom practice. Some of the comments were:


"Super ideas with great structure."

"Feel ready to take this on and am looking forward to it."

"Gained lots of extra ideas to help my practice."

"Very enjoyable and relevant to my practice. Lots of transferable ideas, made me realise how versatile this technique is."

"Really enjoyable, useful and practical."

"Very good! clearly presented, loads of practical resources ready to use in class. Thanks!"

"Really good session."

"This is great food for thought - one can see the implications for the whole curriculum. It appeals to me as a focused way of delivering the creative curriculum."



My latest production, Little Shop of Horrors; Directed and Produced by Simon Wells :



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What they say about my methods 


"You have made a real difference to increasing literacy by stimulating the imaginations of our young people"


"The children are enjoying school more, they're enjoying literacy more, they're achieving more."


"The creative spaces are being used by all classes thoughout the school. This is a result of the way it has been modelled using it at staff CPD sessions"


"The children involved in mantle of the Expert are keen and enthusiastic. Their written work shows imagination and is of a higher standard which they are keen to show to others."


"The engagement of the children has been surprising - children that I didn't really think would be the ones to gain most from it."


"The teachers valued highly the new skills they had learnt and were impressed by the impact the project had upon them"


(comments are from external evaluation of our methods from teachers at Pipworth Primary school, Sheffield)


Simon has 23 years teaching experience in both secondary and primary settings, including PRUs. He has been Head of Drama and head of English. Simon has provided successful CPD teacher training for more than four years.





Reflective Toolkit for teachers







Click on these links to read press articles about Simon's methods.


Sheffield Star April 2010


Muse Spring 2010


External Review/evaluation


Production Press





Pupil interactive games/quizzes







My unique approach to teaching and learning has proven results. Paying lip service to Dorothy Heathcoate's 'Mantle of the expert' technique,  whereby children explore the curriculum as if they were an imagined group of experts.

The children are asked to imagine themselves as a group of experts with jobs and responsibilities, participating in activities that will inspire understanding across the curriculum. With young people I co-create immersive, thematic spaces to carry out cross-curricular, inquiry based learning.  My legacy is that I leave the creative spaces and schemes of work for other teachers/year groups to use and develop after a comprehensive CPD session.


Immersive, inquiry based, thematic approach to teaching and learning, using drama as a stimulus. This cross-curricular creative approach supports the new primary curriculum, engages pupils and stimulates imagination. It is also proven to enthuse secondary pupils, especially the disengaged.