Master the ability to keep your learners calm, motivated, and succeeding in every subject* – despite the pressures of Covid-19
using storytelling

* Yes, every subject – punctuation, decimals, PE… you name it!

Pick up the essentials right now in under 5min with the free video below…

…then become a master at raising your children’s attainment and their enjoyment of school in just 2 hours – start your Storytelling Masterclass now.

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Meet Your Trainer

Chip is one of the Oxford Owl’s “Traditional Tales” storytellers, and author of the EU’s guide to storytelling in classrooms (available free online by clicking here). He has told stories around the world in schools and major festivals, and represented the Roald Dahl Story Company on ITV.

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Gill Davies, headteacher

“It has been really really great for our children’s vocab expansion, their confidence… We’ve received so many positive comments from parents.”

Gill Davies

Headteacher, Barrington Primary

Children, parents, and teachers all benefited… I wish more institutions will contact Chip to develop their curricula.”

Diego Zaffaroni

former Programme Director

ICS Diaz International Schools, Milan

“Chip has visited King’s on more than one occasion. He has always proved a huge hit with staff and children alike. I have no hesitation in recommending him to you.”

Morag King

Librarian, King’s College School

I have told stories in schools from Argentina to Turkey, for learners aged 3 to 18, and never once has a child not been interested in what I have to say – be it about history, science, literacy, or even maths.

Give me 2hrs and I'll help you get this same level of engagement with your young learners, even during the pandemic – and even if teaching at a distance.

Even before the pandemic, I was in awe of how teachers coped with so many pressures.

Helping children reach academic standards while building key skills like confidence, and protecting their physical and mental health…

Teachers really are heroes!

So I sometimes felt guilty after enthralling a class of brand new Early Years, boisterous 9-year-olds, or even lethargic teens for at least 50min.

More often than I could count, an exasperated teacher came to me afterwards and asked, “How did you keep their attention for so long?!

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I knew this wasn’t magic.

More importantly, I knew it wasn’t something that required 4 years in drama school, nor a PhD, nor even experience teaching – I had none of that.

All I had was my experience as “a storyteller’s apprentice”, with incredible mentors including Bob Hartman, Graham Langley, and Ashley Ramsden.

That, and the fact I’d been entertaining people with my natural storytelling ability since my earliest days.

(Genuine Reception school report: “Chip is very good at talking his way out of trouble…”)

So I worked very closely with schools and EU Lifelong Learning to crack the “secret power” of storytelling that made it such an effective teaching tool.

Along the way, we proved that effectiveness: we ran the world’s first controlled study into storytelling’s impact on test results, and found that children aged 3–11 improved by an average of 25%.

We identified exactly why that happened.

But, more importantly, we identified what teachers needed to know if they wanted to harness this power for themselves…

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Since writing the EU’s guidance on using storytelling in the classroom, I have developed a Masterclass to help you enthral your learners with any subject – the same way a storyteller might enthral them with a story.

And, importantly, it will help you pick up these techniques in no more than 2 hours – meaning you can start using them tomorrow.

You and your children can benefit from lessons that are more memorable, more efficient, and more enjoyable.

Why wait for the pandemic to be over?

As in all the best stories, good things come in threes...

Here's what the Masterclass will cover:

The Three Pillars

The foundation of all great storytelling – especially storytelling for education – relies on…

  1. The Engagement Keychain
    Unlike acting, storytelling is less about your skill as a performer and more about your ability to read your audience. You’ll see what to look out for.

  2. Imagination Investment
    More than any other art, storytelling relies on the audience’s imagination. You’ll learn how this can excite your children’s curiosity about any subject.

  3. Story Instinct
    One of the most natural things a human can do is listen to stories. You’ll discover how this can help your children learn anything – thoroughly and fast.
Epic Storyteller Chip with a young storyteller aged 10
Children entertaining each other with storytelling

The Three Keys

Once you have your Engagement Keychain, you’ll pick up the essential key skills for great storytelling…

  1. Vocal Tone
    “Doing all the voices” is less than 10% of it; knowing when and how to change your tone is far more engaging. I’ll show you how.

  2. Gestural Anchors
    Your body’s a huge asset for keeping children hooked on your words. This is one of my favourite skills, so I look forward to sharing it with you!

  3. Audience pARTIcipation
    No, that’s not a typo – you’ll master four “ARTI” options when it comes to getting your children joining in.

The Three Ingredients

A story becomes a powerful learning tool when it includes…

  1. The Viewpoint Character
  2. The VC’s Need
  3. Something Bad

With these in your recipe, you will soon help your children master any subject – even if they’ve struggled with it previously.

During the Masterclass, I’ll demonstrate with two subjects that teachers gave me as a challenge: punctuation, and decimal fractions.

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Epic Storyteller Chip holding a pie with the word "Help" burned into the pastry

...and Three Bonuses!

Yes, I know this means these goods things come in a four – but I really wanted you to benefit from these too!

Think of them as “one for luck”… $;-) 

  1. Why We Tell Stories
    This 40min presentation will leave you with physical proof of storytelling’s power as a learning tool. Share it with your colleagues to encourage them to join you on your Story-Led teaching trail!

  2. Storytelling By Screen
    The pandemic has forced many teachers to deliver lessons online. You’ll discover how to adapt the Story-Led approach for this medium.

  3. Homework!
    The good kind. $;-) When you need to teach from a distance, and your children can’t access a screen, storytelling can still be your best asset. I’ll show you how.

That's Not All

By purchasing this Masterclass, you’ll also get access to the full back catalogue of Epic Tales Online – full-length storytelling videos that you can screen directly to your class.

Each story is split into 2 halves: use Part 1 to fire up your children’s enthusiasm for a learning outcome, then reward them with Part 2!

And if you’re stuck for learning outcomes, we help you there too: tackle literacy with our Epic Challenge, or listen to the associated Epic Learning Podcast to hear teachers suggesting outcomes in every other subject from numeracy to PE.

Storyteller Chip with an illustration of an Arab

The Epic Guarantee

I really want you to succeed, and I have absolute confidence that storytelling and Story-Led Learning can help you be the teacher you want to be.

So my promise is bold but simple:

If you practice the techniques in the Masterclass for at least 21 days, you will see measurable improvements in your children’s learning.

If you don’t, I will join you on a video call to offer personal advice on your techniques.

If you still don’t see any improvements 7 days after that, you’ll be refunded – no questions asked.

You could be fully equipped to raise the attainment, confidence, and well-being of your children in around 2 hours from now

Special Bonus for the Next 30 Teachers
to Join the Masterclass:

A 30min Video Call to Help You Plan a Story-Led Lesson

If you're quick to jump onto the Masterclass, your passion for your children's learning and well-being will be obvious!

So to help you get as good as you can as quick as you can, if you're one of the next 30 teachers to book, I'll get in touch to arrange a bonus 30min video call to offer personalised advice on implementing Story-Led Learning into your classroom.

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