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Storytelling In Your Area - East of England: 2012 - 2015

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Between 2012-2015 we organised the following multi-sensory storytelling sessions:

Hall School, Norwich. 07/12/15

Our Storyteller ran three multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 19 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from two teachers who judged that all the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. One rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”. One added, "Children were all engaged and listened well. Lots of good looking and interaction in the story." The other commented, "Story could have been embellished to build the story more and improve links between props. For some students, a physical book or digital pictures/sounds would make the story more appropriate for a wider range of students."

Bradbury Resource Centre, Bishop's Stortford. 12/11/15, 19/11/15, 26/11/15

There were a total of 17 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees who both rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "I have gained knowledge and confidence in taking storytelling groups and 1:1 stories. It was very helpful watching and listening to the trainer tell the stories at the beginning." The other commented, "Really interesting to learn and do. Helped me improve my confidence. Had lots of support and information from our trainer. Thank you."

Phoenix School, Peterborough. 24/11/15

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 40 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”. Comments were:

  • "A really lovely session - the children were all engaged for the whole 30 minutes."
  • "Thank you! Very inspirational!"
  • "Lovely responses from most of the children. They really enjoyed using and experiencing the electric razor!"
  • "A lovely calming effect on one pupil and the other student with no English and no vision really participated and enjoyed the session."

Breakspeare School, Abbots Langley. 23/11/15

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 27 children with severe learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Three rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”. Comments were:

  • "Stories short and engaging. Props appropriate to story. Pace was good - kept pupils with short attention span engaged."
  • "All students thoroughly enjoyed the session. Great interaction and focus from students. Found the resources simple but very effective."
  • "Seaside - sensory experiences needed extending e.g. ocean drum, real sand, smells could have been added. Seed - pulling objects was very good. The pupils needed more time to investigate props. Maybe one set per two pupils. The pupils were really interested. Maybe add some singing especially when encouraging children into the story."
  • "All students took part in the story. Felt objects or made their preferences clear."
Bishop's Stortford Day Service, Bishop's Stortford. 05/11/15, 12/11/15, 19/11/15

There were a total of 21 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees who all rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". Comments were:

  • "Really exciting session. Really looking forward to doing our own stories."
  • "The audience seemed to enjoy the stories."
  • "An essential part of life that all need."
Spring Common School, Huntingdon. 17/11/15

Our Storyteller ran seven multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 54 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all bar two of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Three rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”. One added, "The children were very engaged by the three stories today and really enjoyed handling the props." The other commented, "Very good story and props. Most children fully engaged."

Priory School, Bury St. Edmunds. 22/10/15

Our Storyteller ran four multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 30 children with severe learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from three teachers who judged that all the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. All three rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "A class of all boys who usually find it hard to sit still were all engaged with the story. Short 10-15 minute stories were just right!"
  • "Student comments: very good - C; I like the treasure - J; I like the pirates - A; beautiful - F; sand, starfish, and seaside - B, Yeah!  - M"
  • "Children really engaged and enjoyed the stories. It was pitched and performed perfectly. Many thanks!"
Riverwalk School, Bury St. Edmunds. 16/10/15

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 46 children with severe learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from six teachers who judged that all the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and two as “4/5 – Good”. Comments were:

  • "All pupils were engaged and responded positively to the stories. They clearly enjoyed themselves. Thank you very much."
  • "All the children had a very good focus on the story/stories. Thank you very much."
  • "Lovely! Appropriate and engaging. Gave each child time and made effort to learn their names. Thank you!"
  • "This was really lovely. The children all engaged well and sat lovely."

St John's School, Bedford. 15/10/15

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 42 children with severe learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from six teachers who judged that all the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Five rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”. Comments were:

  • "Difficult for young people who have short attention span/lose interest quickly/struggle to wait for turn (autistic/lower ability). For these possibility of benefitting from their own set of resources."
  • "The children seemed to love the stories. They kept attention throughout and all participated in the sensory part. Some of the children went back to their classrooms and retold the stories."
  • "Very good props, very appropriate for my students. What Am I and Fairground."
  • "Beautiful resources!"
Oak View School, Loughton. 21/09/15

Our Storyteller ran seven multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 36 children with severe learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”. Comments were:

  • "The stories were fun and kept the students' attention."
  • "The storyteller was very sensitive to the fact the ASD children in this EYFS class were all new into school/new to the library and new to Bag Books!! She sensitively supported them to join in which was wonderful. Thank you."
  • "Lovely session for 3 pupils who have an ASD. Children were calm and happy."

KEF summercamp at Culford School, Bury St Edmunds. 09/08/15

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 36 children. We received feedback from two staff who judged that all the children in their groups had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. One rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and the other as “4/5 – Good”.

Jigsaw Centre, Colchester. 07/07/15, 14/07/15, 21/07/15

There were a total of 14 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees who both rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Great fun. Good way to bring people together who might not usually be together and good way to interact with one another." The other commented, "I feel a lot more confident in following and reading a Bag Books story. Thank you for sharing this with us and our service users who themselves seemed to enjoy every week."

Peldon Old Rectory, Colchester. 07/07/15, 14/07/15, 21/07/15

There were a total of 11 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees who both rated the overall training/mentoring as "4/5 - Good". One added, "Great for our service users." The other commented, "I found it enjoyable seeing that the service users were enjoying the story and how relaxed they were afterwards."

Thomas Wolsey School, Ipswich. 10/07/15

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 36 children with severe learning disabilities. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. All four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. One added, "Really lovely session - stories lovely and age appropriate, students very engaged. Really helpful to see how the storyteller combined telling the story and sharing the sensory stimuli as something have been exploring and experimenting with." Another commented, "Very engaging, the children really enjoyed it. Great resources for all children to access."

Cunningham Hub, St Albans. 05/05/15, 12/05/15, 19/05/15

There were a total of 18 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees. Two rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good" and one as "4/5 - Good". One added, "It is a useful tool which can be developed."

Old Drill Hall, Hoddesdon. 05/05/15, 12/05/15, 19/05/15

There were a total of 15 adult participants across the three sessions. There were four trainees. Two rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good" and two as "4/5 - Good". One added, "Very enjoyable for both trainers and service users." Another commented, "It has been excellent training and given me the confidence, knowing I am delivering the story to its full potential."

PARC Essex, Braintree. 23/04/15

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 36 children with severe learning disabilities.

Lancaster School, Westcliff-on-Sea. 12/03/15

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 20 children with severe learning disabilities. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. All four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. One added, "Five students thoroughly enjoyed these stories." Another commented, "Thank you! My class really enjoyed the stories."

Richmond Hill School, Luton. 05/03/15

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 46 children with severe and profound & multiple  learning disabilities. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all bar two of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. All five rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "The children were engaged and looked for the next prop. Lots to do."
  • "Wonderful to see the children so fully engaged in a story that they hadn't heard before."
  • "A lovely session with all children involved - thank you."
Chiltern School - Secondary Site, Dunstable. 04/03/15

Our Storyteller ran seven multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 46 children with severe learning disabilities. We received feedback from seven teachers who judged that all bar one of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and three as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "Children were kept engaged and stayed interested. The storyteller understood the needs of the children and told the story accordingly. The children will benefit from having this kind of session more regularly."
  • "Lovely to see how engaged the children were during the stories. Lots of ideas to use in class too."
  • "Storyteller was great. Students were interested/engaged."

Keech Hospice, Luton. 26/02/15

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of seven children. The hospice staff judged that all seven children had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. They added, " We had a great response from our families after you left. A lot of our mums commented on how well their children responded to you and the stories you told."

PARC Essex, Braintree. 20/02/15

Our Storyteller ran two multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 20 children with severe learning disabilities.

Stone Lodge Academy, Ipswich. 11/02/15

Our Storyteller ran seven multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 51children with severe learning disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders. We received feedback from seven teachers who judged that all 51 children  had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. All seven rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "Sensory aspect brilliant for the non-verbal children especially."
  • "Enough time and space was given for all primary pupils to explore the different sensory materials especially the musical instruments."
  • "The Yr 6s from Primary really engaged with the humour of "The Haircut" and the multi-sensory African story. Perfectly pitched."
  • "The pupils engaged really well with the playground story - loved the hedgehog! Great engagement too with the African story. Perfect choice of familiar with far away."
  • "Loved the humour and fun of "The Haircut"."
  • "Really coped well with 3 stories and only one quick toilet break for a pupil. "Gran's Visit" was very funny for all - especially the pupils with non-verbal/autism."
  • "Life skills/First Day at library - loved the sensory interaction."

Southview School, Witham. 03/02/15

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 27 children with severe learning disabilities. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. All four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "Children all joined in and really enjoyed the stories. They were very vocal. Good for the visually impaired children in the group. All children said "hello" in their own way."
  • "Excellent session and children all focused."
  • "Excellent story session. All the children enjoyed the stories and joining in with them. Smiles all round!"

Meesons Lodge, Grays. 14/01/15, 21/01/15, 28/01/15

There were a total of 8 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees who all rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". Comments were:

  • "Our service users really enjoy the storytelling. It is fun and stimulating for them. A real pleasure to tell these stories. Thank you."
  • "I find a lot of interesting reactions from my service users when I performed story."
  • "Loved working with a variety of different stories. Loved the way we all discussed what each listener liked best about each story."
Honeywood, Grays. 14/01/15, 21/01/15, 28/01/15

There were a total of 13 adult participants across the three sessions. There were four trainees who all rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "It was really effective to complete telling a story independently with support as required which supported me to feel confident in doing this."

Hampton Resource Centre, Peterborough. 14/11/14, 28/11/14, 05/12/14

There were a total of 13 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees. One rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good" and the other as "4/5 - Good". One added, "No suggestions for improvement." The other commented, "The more lively [stories] seem to go down better."

Bridge Secondary School, Ipswich. 01/12/14

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 32 children. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”.

Churchill Park Compex Needs School, King's Lynn. 26/11/14

Our Storyteller ran 7 multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 54 children. We received feedback from seven teachers who judged that all of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Five rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and two as “4/5 – Good”. Comments were:

  • "Children were engaged throughout and left wanting more. Our below P4 children especially liked smelling the boards and opportunity was given for the higher achievers to share their thoughts on the story. Thank you."
  • "Lovely session, fab ideas! Fun for all :)!"
  • "Positive approach, everybody included in the story, simple ideas - understood by all students."
  • "Remembered names well and included everybody well."

Warren School, Lowestoft. 25/11/14

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 32 children. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all bar one of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”. Comments were:

  • "The storyteller picked up very well how to work with and accommodate our profoundly deaf student."
  • "Very considerate of all the range of needs within the group. Understood different ways to use the story box with pupils very quickly. Engaged every child well. Thank you!."
  • "All pupils really enjoyed the session and all had a really nice experience. Thank you very much!"

Heltwate School, Peterborough. 17/11/14

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 51 children. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Three rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”. One added, "All the children really enjoyed the storytelling, irrelevant of ability. Excellent."

Castle School, Cambridge. 23/09/14

Our Storyteller ran three multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 28 children. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all bar two of the children had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Three rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”. Comments were:

  • "Great session and the story bags are really good resources. Very pacey to adapt to level of students. For next session would be helpful for some guidance in advance on session length and for who it will be best suited. Thanks again!"
  • "Really good sensory input enjoyed by all. Storyteller engaged all children at all levels and worked quickly to decipher which children were able to do what. Generally very good for all."
  • "Shane - really liked the stories. Dylan - they're good. Dylan liked the spooky story. Joseph - Really great fun. Jack - liked being squirted by water in The Fairground. Jason - okay "I liked it the football one." Jess - Good "Fair one". Kiwa - "All good" spooky one best. Karolina - Don't like scary one. I liked football one."
Granta School, Cambridge. 23/09/14

Our Storyteller ran four multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 28 children. We received feedback from two teachers. They judged that all of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. One rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and the other as “4/5 – Good”. One added, "We liked both the stories about the park and the fairground. Might be nice to have just one story but longer." The other commented, "All students fully engaged and really enjoyed story. Well paced."

Little Haven Childrens Hospice, Benfleet. 21/09/14

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of six children and two siblings. The hospice staff judged that all six children had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. They added, "[The Storyteller] was excellent at understanding the sensory needs of our children. She listened to us and made the session really enjoyable for all the children.She used our Bag Books as well as her own and we learned better ways of using them which we have implemented since."

PARC Essex, Braintree. 22/08/14

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 19 children with severe learning disabilities

Daybreak - Huntingdon Community Centre, Huntingdon. 26/06/14, 14/07/14, 04/08/14

There were a total of  20 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees. One  rated the overall project as "5/5 - Very Good" and the other as "4/5 - Good". One added, "Excellent tool of encouragement and inclusion small group worked really well." The other commented, "Tried to keep service users interested. They liked the storytelling. The Band [Rehearsal story] allowed them to play with the instruments."

Sense Specialist College, Peterborough. 26/06/14, 14/07/14, 07/08/14

There were a total of  10 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees who both  rated the overall project as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Bag Books training has been really good and has made us think how we tell the story. Bag Books stories have been enjoyed by our students."

Watford Mencap, Rickmansworth. 23/05/14, 06/06/14, 13/06/14

There were a total of 19 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees who all rated the overall project as "5/5 - Very Good".

Keech Hospice Care, Luton. 23/05/14, 06/06/14, 13/06/14

There were a total of 12 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees who both rated the overall project as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Engaging and joyful, students and staff have all enjoyed the Bag Books." Another commented, "Very good, used enthusiasm when needed and calm when needed. Engaged all students."

Oak View School, Loughton. 12/06/14

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 41 children. We received combined feedback on behalf of all the teachers. They judged that all of the children had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. They rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and added, "Excellent day. Some groups sat for much longer than they normally would which is a great testament to the storyteller."

The Edith Borthwick School, Braintree. 25/04/14

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 60 children. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all of the pupils in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Three rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and two as "4/5 – Good".

PARC Essex, Braintree. 11/04/14

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 12 children.

Highfield School, Ely. 21/03/14

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 27 children. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all of the pupils in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Three rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and two as "4/5 – Good". One added, "Lovely day. Thanks for telling the stories to our pupils. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed it."

Summer Care Homes, Westcliff-on-Sea. 13/02/14, 27/02/14, 13/03/14

There were a total of 30 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees who both rated the overall project as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Fantastic activity for our service users." The other commented, "Really worthwile training that I'll definitely be using."

Forget Me Not Day Centre, Southend. 13/02/14, 27/02/14, 13/03/14

There were a total of 17 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees who all rated the overall project as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "I found it interesting and is something more people should know about." Another commented, "Very enjoyable and beneficial."

Castle School, Cambridge. 06/03/14

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 41 children. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all bar one of the pupils in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. All five rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”.

Ivel Valley School, Biggleswade. 06/03/14

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 42 children. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all of the pupils in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. All four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”.

Greenside School, Stevenage. 14/02/14

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 38 children. We received feedback from six teachers who judged that all 38 pupils had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Two rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and four as "4/5 - Good". One added, "Thank you."

Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton. 30/01/14

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions with a total of 21 children from Lady Zia Wernher School, Luton. We received feedback from one teacher who judged that all of the children in their class had benefitted from the storytelling.

PARC Essex, Braintree. 27/12/13

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 37 children.

Sheringham Woodfields School, Sheringham. 06/12/13

Our Storyteller ran four multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 28 children. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all bar four of the pupils in their class had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Three rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as "3/5 - Average". One added, "The pupils would have benefitted form a bit more time to explore and possible doing the story a couple of times over."

Samuel Pepys School, St Neots. 05/12/13

Our Storyteller ran four multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 26 children. We received feedback from one teacher who judged that all of the pupils in their class had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. They rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”.

Herald Resource Centre (morning group), Shefford. 15/11/13, 22/11/13, 29/11/13

A total of 26 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees and they all rated the overall project as "5/5 - Very Good".

Herald Resource Centre (afternoon group), Shefford. 15/11/13, 22/11/13, 29/11/13

A total of 19 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees and they both rated the overall project as "4/5 - Good".

The Bridge School - Primary Campus, Ipswich. 21/11/13

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 33 children. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all bar one of the pupils in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Three rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and two as "4/5 - Good".

St John's RC Special School, Woodford Green. 14/11/13

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 28 children. We received combined feedback from the five teachers who judged that all of the pupils in their class had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. They rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and commented, "Thank you very much!"

John Grant School, Great Yarmouth. 07/11/13

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 31 children. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all of the pupils in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Three rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and two as "4/5 - Good".

PARC Essex, Braintree. 01/11/13

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 22 children.

Treehouse: East Anglia Children's Hospice, Ipswich. 30/10/13

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 4 children. The hospice staff judged that all of the children had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. They added, "Thank you. So beneficial for the children and great for staff to observe. Useful training."

East Anglia Children's Hospice, Quidenham. 30/10/13

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 6 children. The hospice staff judged that all of the children had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling.

Unity Centre, Lowestoft. 04/07/13, 08/08/13, 28/10/13

A total of 15 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees. Both rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "[The Storyteller/Trainer] is a great storyteller and teacher. We've all enjoyed the sessions."

Granta School, Cambridge. 24/10/13

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 36 children. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all of the pupils in their class had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as "4/5 - Good".

Glenwood School, Benfleet. 18/10/13

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 39 children. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all bar one of the pupils in their class had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Two rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and two as "4/5 - Good".

Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton. 11/10/13

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions with a total of 11 children from Lady Zia Wernher School, Luton and Woodlands School, Luton. We received feedback from two teachers. They judged that all of the children in their classes had benefitted from the storytelling. Both rated the experience as "5/5 - Very Good”.

Avro Viking Centre, Southend-on-Sea. 12/09/13, 03/10/13, 10/10/13

A total of 22 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees: one rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good" and one as "4/5 - Good". One added, "[The Storyteller/Trainer] is a very knowledgeable and engaging storyteller. A very enjoyable time for all." The other commented, "It was good to get the feedback and be doing it in front of people I didn't know very well. Feedback was encouraging."

Viking House, Southend-on-Sea. 12/09/13, 03/10/13, 10/10/13

A total of 29 adult participants across the three sessions. There were four trainees: two rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good" and two as "4/5 - Good". One added, "It is better for the people who are listening that you remember the lines so that it flows and maintains their interest. Preparation and practice are important." Another commented, "I enjoy storytelling. I would like to continue what I have learned with the people I support."

Parc Essex, Braintree. 16/08/13

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 23 children.

East Anglia Children's Hospice, Milton. 08/08/13

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 8 children. The hospice staff judged that all of the children had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. They added, "The story teller remembered all the children’s names and was very enthusiastic. She had a good storytelling ability and was very familiar with the stories so able to read them without referring to the sheet, enabling the story to flow and ‘be told’ rather than be read. Thank you very much for providing both the story telling workshop and 2 new Bag Books for us to use."

Sprowston Community Hub, Norwich. 04/07/13, 18/07/13, 08/08/13

A total of 17 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees. One rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good" and one as "4/5 - Good".

Parc Essex, Braintree. 26/07/13

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 15 children.

Springfield College, St. Albans. 06/06/13, 13/06/13, 27/06/13

There were a total of 23 adult participants across the three sessions. There were four trainees and they all rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Loved it!". Another commented, "Very good, very informative. Really patient and understanding trainer who gave positive and productive feedback."

Oaklands, St. Albans. 06/06/13, 13/06/13, 27/06/13

There were a total of 22 adult participants across the three sessions. There were four trainees. Three rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good" and one as "4/5 - Good". One added, "Interesting ideas."

St Elizabeth's School, Much Hadham. 09/05/13

Our Storyteller ran three multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 10 children. We received feedback from one teacher who judged that all of the pupils in their class had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. They rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and added, "Fantastic! Thank you."

Sidestrand Hall School, Cromer. 02/05/13

Our Storyteller ran three multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 15 children. We received feedback from two teachers. They judged that all of the pupils in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Both rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”.

The Collett School, Hemel Hempstead. 25/04/13

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 35 children. We received feedback from five teachers. They judged that all bar one of the pupils in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. All five rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”.

Kingsdown School, Southend on Sea. 18/03/13

Our Storyteller ran sessions involving a total of 8 children. 12 people were trained in multi-sensory storytelling.

Meadowgate School, Wisbech. 14/03/13

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 22 children. We received feedback from three teachers. They judged that all of the pupils in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. All three rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”.

Lakeside School, Welwyn Garden City. 13/03/13.

Our Storyteller ran two sessions involving a total of 16 children. 16 people were trained in multi-sensory storytelling and we received feedback from 16. 15 rated the quality of the training as "5/5 - Very Good" and one as "4/5 - Good." Comments were:

  • “Very interesting.”
  • “Really interesting.”
  • “Interesting, entertaining and informative.”
  • “An excellent idea. Opportunity to work with disabled children.”
  • “This was a really interesting and helpful course.”
  • “Bag Books stories not as wordy as library stories. Words on back as crib is very useful.”
  • “Very interesting and well presented.”
  • “I really enjoyed this training, the stories are beautifully written and it is a very rewarding experience.”
  • “Watching the children taking part and reacting to the stories via the multi-sensory stories was brilliant.”
  • “Some of the words or concepts in the stories seem quite sophisticated, but presumably tone of voice and gesture overcomes this. Good quality props. Some stories more complicated to deliver than others.”

Greyslates Court, Baldock. 31/01/13, 15/02/13, 28/02/13

A total of 15 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees and they all rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good".

Leyden House Day Service, Stevenage. 31/01/13, 15/02/13, 28/02/13

A total of 18 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees and they all rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Very worthwhile - service users have got a lot out of it. The training has helped me have new knowledge of working with service users."

Beacon Hill School, South Ockendon. 24/01/13

Our Storyteller ran sessions involving a total of 30 children. We received feedback from three teachers and they judged that all of the pupils benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Two rated the day as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as "4/5 - Good."

Hillside Special School, Sudbury. 17/01/13

Our Storyteller ran sessions involving a total of 32 children. We received feedback from four teachers and they judged that all of the pupils benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Three rated the day as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as "4/5 - Good." One added, "Excellent. Thank you!"

The Columbus School and College - College Campus, Chelmsford. 13/07/12

Our Storyteller ran sessions involving a total of 30 children. We received feedback from three teachers and they judged that all of the pupils benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling and all three rated the day as “5/5 – Very Good”.

The Parkside School, Norwich. 12/07/12

Our Storyteller ran sessions involving a total of 34 children. We received feedback from one teacher and they judged that 82% of the pupils benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. They rated the day as “4/5 – Good”.

The Clare School, Norwich. 21/06/12

Our Storyteller ran sessions with a total of 30 children. We received feedback from four teachers. They judged that all of the pupils benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling and all four rated the day as “5/5 – Very Good”. One added, "Thanks very much. A great day."

The Parkside School, Norwich. 04/05/12

Our Storyteller ran sessions with a total of 66 children. We received feedback from four teachers. They judged that all of the pupils benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling and all four rated the day as “5/5 – Very Good”.

Ivel Valley School, Biggleswade. 03/05/12

Our Storyteller ran two sessions with a total of 49 children. We received feedback from six teachers. They judged that all of the pupils benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling and all six rated the day as “5/5 – Very Good”. One commented, "Good use of sensory resources and to explore them maybe have symbols as support. Really interacted with the students very well."

The Parkside School, Norwich. 02/02/12

Our Storyteller ran sessions with a total of 40 children. We received combined feedback on behalf of all the teachers. They judged that all of the pupils benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling and rated the day as “5/5 – Very Good”. They commented, "All groups really enjoyed the day. Perfect for our pupils. Looking forward to [the Storyteller] coming back."

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