Heather has been teaching in primary schools for over 25 years. Her first children's book was published in 1996. She offers story writing workshops where everyone in the school writes a story after a 45 minute visual and interactive introduction. She then works with class groups either developing drama and freeze frame ideas or creating stories using a story mat. For more details, check out www.heatherbutler.info
Excellently rated by Ofsted, Heather's teaching skills allow her to deliver a practical day where children develop writing skills often beyond expectation. Her years spent in inner city schools, combined with Accelerated Learning teaching methods makes for a focussed and useful day where the children's learning comes first.
Evaluation forms from workshops say 'when can you come again... inspirational... brilliant...'
Heather also leads INSET. These are equally well received and, when accompanied by a story writing day to try out new ideas, can really help develop story writing in a school.
She has done extended writer-in-residencies in several school including Tower Hamlets and Hemel Hempstead, has been part of an international team helping train adults working with traumatised children, a mentor for NAWE's writer-in-school training scheme, a creative writing tutor for the Open College of the Arts.
Resource book working in collaboration with Child Bereavement UK to be published by
Routledge in 2013
Classroom Literacy games for VCOP – Routledge 2011
Literacy in Action: Football – Routledge 2010
Someone like Sam (PSCHE based material) – Stapleford 2009
BBC Schools Radio stories for Something to Think About assemblies 2009
BBC Schools Radio stories for Together assemblies 2009
Circuses and Pirates – EPS 2009
10 Must Know Stories SU 2008
Story Keepers lesson plans – BBC/Stapleford 2008
The Complete Stories to Make you Think Barnabas 2008
They Can Write; they just need help to write more – EPS 2007
REActive – EPS 2007
What you can do with Water and Buildings – EPS 2007
What Makes Me Me? Education Printing Services Ltd 2006
They Can Write; they just need a little help – EPS 2006
Literacy unit for BBC Learning (Digital Curriculum) 2005
RE:Story Telling Stapleford Centre 2004
Further Stories to Make you Think Barnabas 2004
Adam and the Tattooed Angel SU 2004
Ellie and the Clown Crisis SU 2004
Creative Assemblies SU 2002
Story Teller Roller Coaster series SU 2002
Out of the Toybox Barnabas 2002
More Stories to Make you Think Barnabas 2001
Countdown to Christmas Barnabas 1999
Meep Comes to Earth SU 1999
Stories to Make you Think Barnabas 1999
Pirate Party Roller Coaster series SU 1998
Families and Feelings Barnabas 1998
Message in a Bottle Read by Myself series SU 1996
The Grumpy Shepherd and other Christmas Plays SU 1996
Bromley Education Environmental Pack Bromley Council 1990
We have just spent two terrific days with Heather Butler, the first was an INSET day for all our staff both teaching and non-teaching and the second was a workshop day for the whole school.
The first day began with a very interesting session on the theory behind 'creative writing'. How it had been taught in the past and how ideas had changed to the present day. We also touched on the pertinent subject of boys' achievement in writing, how we encouraged our EAL children and ways of assessing.
We then moved on to a much more practical and very pacey session on how to motivate children to want to write. There was so much for us to do and so many ideas to develop that we couldn't wait to get into the classroom to try them out.
The staff finished the day exhausted but buzzing with excitement and went away with a wealth of ideas.
The second day was a joy to be a part of! Heather worked with all the school in the hall and kept them at times spellbound and at others so enthusiastic they were bubbling over with ideas.
The children then went off to their classrooms to try out some of the many different ways of setting the scene and Heather worked with some of them in their classrooms.
The results were brilliant, all the children were bursting with ideas and the "talk" that came from some of our less able children was stunning.
The stimulation, enthusiasm and passion that Heather exudes encouraged the children to create settings and characters which they will never forget. They realised that they could all "have a go" at creating this magical world that would develop into a story.
Heather is a true professional, the days were very well planned and the resources very imaginative. In a short time she gained the trust of everyone in the room and had all of us eating out of her hand. Magnificent!!!
Whitehall Infant School, Middlesex
I am delighted to provide a reference for Heather Butler.
Heather is an innovative and creative practitioner who is able to bring to schools, children and staff an exciting combination of superb writing skills, a passion for learning and an entertaining and interesting delivery.
Heather is a gifted teacher. As such, she is able to utilise her teaching skills to brilliant effect when working with children. She has high expectations of the children which are matched by her unusual insight in how to motivate them.
Heather has led whole school story writing days on many occasions at Manor Farm. Heather has introduced themes in a captivating style to the whole school before supporting work at different levels across the primary age range. It is refreshing to use an author who is committed to sharing her expertise and enthusiasm for her art without a hidden agenda of fame, fortune or book sales. We will always remember the day that Professor Prague visited our school!
Heather has also led staff training in areas of Creative Writing, using story-telling in RE, using drama to promote writing and in speaking and listening activities. All were well planned and matched well to the needs of the school. Teachers enjoyed the sessions and I have noted the impact on their professional practice. Heather is also a fine coach and mentor who is able to support less experienced colleagues very effectively indeed.
As a consultant headteacher working with the Local Authority, I have heard countless success stories from other headteachers and staff teams and I often see the evidence of her contact with schools. I am also pleased to recommend her work to other schools. It is a measure of the esteem that Heather is held in that she is asked to return to schools again and again.
I would recommend Heather to any organisation without hesitation.
Manor Farm Community Junior School Buckinghamshire
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