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Storytelling In Your Area - South East England: 2012-2014

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In 2012-2014 we organised the following multi-sensory storytelling sessions:

Sharon Collins Resource Centre, Brighton. 13/11/14, 20/11/14, 08/12/14

There were a total of 13 adult participants across the three sessions. There were four trainees who all rated the overall project as "5/5 - Very Good" One added, "An excellent course that has brought a great deal of inspiration to our centre. The customers have already gained hugeley as have the staff. It was wonderful thank you." Another commented, "The trainer was very knowledgeable of the theory behind Bag Books and the theorists who had the school of thought. Practicing the stories really helps and is a great way to engage customers and entertain them! It was very good training and feedback was given to improve our game!"

Huntley Residential Care Home, Worthing. 13/11/14, 20/11/14, 08/12/14

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, "Great trianer - made it fun." The other commented, "Little birds on Kofi Magic Shaker - could look into sound button."

The Ifield School, Gravesend. 04/12/14, 05/12/14

Our Storyteller ran 14 storytelling sessions involving a total of 89 children with severe learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorder. We received feedback from nine teachers who judged that all bar one of the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All nine rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "Thank you! A super session which accommodated lots of different learning needs."
  • "This class has two children with PMLD, two specific learning difficulties; the remainder have a diagnosis of autism or global learning difficulties. One pupil was not able to cope with having to remain in one place which is an area of development but the remainder were totally engaged. A lovely session. Thank you."
  • "One child really liked the smelly skunk. It was very funny."
  • "Inspiring storyteller. Thank you so much."
  • "I've used the books before and really love them"
  • "Loved every minute of it, so did the students! Thank you."
  • "Excellent model on good practice for us to follow. Flexible - able to adapt to various situations. Knew the children's names. Very engaging stories, good use of expression to gain reactions from students."
  • "All children were very much engaged and anticipated what was going to happen next. Very good storyteller, fantastic enthusiasm. Thank you."

Bentley Day Service, Banstead. 19/11/14, 26/11/14, 03/12/14

There were a total of 18 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, "I have learnt some important choices when storytelling." The other commented, "Perhaps I could have had more preparation time."

Colebrook Day Service, Redhill. 19/11/14, 26/11/14, 03/12/14

There were a total of 9 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees who both  rated the overall project as "4/5 - Good".

Forest Park Primary School, Totton. 03/12/14

Our Storyteller ran six storytelling sessions involving a total of 40 children. We received feedback from five teachers. They judged that all the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All five rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "Thank you  for a very enjoyable session which engaged all pupils."
  • "Excellent delivery of stories today. The pupils seemed very engaged."
  • "It was brilliant. Very interactive, appealing to all the senses."
  • "Thank you for your patience and working in different ways with the children."

Glyne Gap School, Bexhill-On-Sea. 28/11/14

Our Storyteller ran seven storytelling sessions involving a total of 44 children. We received feedback from six teachers. They judged that all the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. Two rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and four as “4/5 – Good” Comments were:

  • "We liked both stories. We liked being able to touch all the props. We liked the fish with scales and the water pistol. The stories made us happy."
  • "Really enthusiastic when telling the story. Really interactive. All the kids loved it. Thanks."
  • "Very engaging and the children really enjoyed it. One child needed more processing time and time to get the confidence to explore the resources, which she wasn't given because of this format, but otherwise it was great!"
  • "Children loved the animated style of storytelling and engaged well. Reluctant pupil had warmed up by the end of the session and was enjoying himself."
  • "Pupils need more time to explore resources in this way i.e. Tactile/visually. Storyteller was enthusiastic and used resources well."
  • "[The Storyteller] worked well with the class and different abilities. Some children interacted well - as he had a Mr. Tumble presence about him. Resources were good. Our class really enjoyed the experience. When is he coming again? Thank you."

Rosewood Free School, Southampton. 27/11/14

Our Storyteller ran five storytelling sessions involving a total of 30 children. We received feedback from six teachers. They judged that all the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All six rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "[The Storyteller] was fab. Great storyteller. Fab storytelling voice for children to respond to. Super multi-sensory props - lots of touches/sounds/smells/things to look at. I would definitely use "What Am I?" and "A Day At The Seaside" in my class. I think it would be great for our children to have the same story repeated over a number of weeks at a pace where they could use their senses to explore without the need of physical prompts."
  • "The story itself was very good. Lovely resources for a variety of senses. Excellent use of storyteller's voice. Resources could have been given with a bit more time for students to actively participate. Maybe a sheet could be filled in by teachers in advance for the storyteller to be aware of e.g. sensory impairments, physical impairments, behavioural, ASD etc."
  • "Told with enthusiasm, great voice, really engaging. Students faces lit up with the sounds and feel of the items. I love using Bag Books and hope to purchase more for the school. Many thanks."
  • "The storytellers books content was good. Good resources. If it was slower, at a steady pace, our children would have benefitted from the storybooks a lot more. Time to process each item, before next part of story. Maybe just one story in the time we were there, not two."
  • "Very engaging voice. Respectful to our pupils. Some multi-sensory resources that pupils explored. Thank you."

Foreland School, Broadstairs. 21/11/14

Our Storyteller ran six storytelling sessions involving a total of 38 children. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all bar one of the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All five rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "Pupils were engaged throughout and responded well. It gave us lots of ideas. Thank you."
  • "Excellent storyteller. Engaged all pupils for whole session. Geared to all ranges of ability. Refreshing ideas and lovely modelling."
  • "Excellent delivery. Some students engaged who don't normally find interaction easy. With a voice like Mr. Tumble and learning the names of the children very quickly made the whole experience very personal. One student in particular had never laughed before within the session and she laughed throughout the whole time. Lovely!"
  • "Thank you for a well-paced enjoyable session. Loved it!"
  • "It was an enjoyable experience for the children."

Gosden House School, Guildford. 18/11/14

Our Storyteller ran six storytelling sessions involving a total of 46 children. We received feedback from six teachers. They judged that all 46 children had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All six rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "Very engaging and beneficial to Class 3 - by encouraging some of the pupils who are less keen on loud noises to make the sounds themselves they were able to enjoy the story without feeling anxious. The whole class were excited and interested in the story. Lovely."
  • "The children thoroughly enjoyed the session. Totally engaged and lots of laughter! Also, excellent for those with sensory problems, all coped with interaction. Thank you."
  • "Really liked the multi-sensory approach. All children engaged and able to participate. Very good for non-verbal children."
  • "Two of our children would really struggle going to the barbers and they both tolerated the hairdresser story really well and enjoyed it. All of the group participated which they can find hard. Attention of all pupils was held throughout. Thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thank you!"
  • "The children were all engaged and delighted with the storytelling. It was lovely to see how each responded differently to different sensory experiences. They are used to and always enjoy storytelling with props and interaction but the additional sensory element was well designed and thought through. I will definitely be looking to access Bag Books resources to use with my class. "Thank you for the stories. We liked them lots. They were funny and they made us happy and laugh." from Class 1"

Walton Leigh School, Walton-On-Thames. 17/11/14

Our Storyteller ran six storytelling sessions involving a total of 39 children. We received feedback from three teachers. They judged that all the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All three rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. One added, "Storyteller really engaged pupils on all levels - adapted for more able pupils well. Thanks!"

Grove Park School, Crowborough. 14/11/14

Our Storyteller ran six storytelling sessions involving a total of 41 children. We received feedback from one teacher. They judged that all the children in their class had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling and rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. They added, "Fantastic, brilliant. [The Storyteller] was amazing and my whole class were engaged and really enjoyed both stories. Please visit again soon."

Meadowfield School, Sittingbourne. 12/11/14

Our Storyteller ran seven storytelling sessions involving a total of 53 children. We received feedback from six teachers who judged that all the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All six rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "Really enjoyable and engaging session. Thank you."
  • "It may have been even better if we'd just had one story at a slower pace to give the children longer to explore each texture. A fab session. Thank you."
  • "A very good storyteller, good expressions facial, gestures. Good use of props. Well done."
  • "The children really enjoyed the session their levels of engagement and involvement were very high. Thank you."
  • "The presentation and enthusiasm of the storyteller was excellent. The level of pupil interaction ensured children kept engaged throughout. I hope we get a return visit!!"
  • "So much fun and lots of laughing. The children loved the story and the way it was presented. Thank you very much."

Treloar School, Alton. 07/11/14

Our Storyteller ran three storytelling sessions involving a total of 24 children. We received feedback from one teacher who judged that all the children in their class had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling and rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. They added, "Lovely session. Just right level for our students in class 2/3. Children engaged throughout and very happy. Thank you."

Moorland Daytime Support, Witney. 04/09/14, 18/09/14, 25/09/14

There were a total of 16 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees who all rated the overall project as "5/5 - Very Good". Comments were:

  • "The trainer was excellent."
  • "An excellent training session. We learnt more about complex needs. The trainer was fantastic. He made it good fun."
  • "The training was fun and we learnt lots more in-depth information. The trainer was excellent in making sessions very enjoyable."

The Charlton Centre, Wantage. 04/09/14, 18/09/14, 25/09/14

There were a total of 11 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees who both rated the overall project as "5/5 - Very Good".

St. Nicholas Centre, Lewes. 23/09/14

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of six adults as part of our 21st Birthday - National Multi-Sensory Storytelling Day.

Helen House Children's Hospice, Oxford. 28/08/14

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of three children. The hospice staff judged that all three children had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. They added, "The enthusiasm of the storyteller, the inclusion of all the children and the expertise of the storyteller and how he related to each of the children [were all good]."

Christopher's Children's Hospice, Guildford. 28/08/14

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, "The session was very good as it involved every child and they all gained from this. As the story was interactive through the sensory boards and sounds, each child was able to enjoy it in different ways. All the staff fed back and said they really enjoyed it and now have the confidence to use the story boxes."

Kids playscheme at Rachel Madocks School, Waterlooville. 15/08/14

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

KEF playscheme at Treloar College, Alton. 12/08/14

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 33 children.

Demelza Children's Hospice, Sittingbourne. 06/08/14

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, "Loved the sensory story. Children all seemed to gain something positive and fun from it!!"

Chestnut Tree House  Children's Hospice, Arundel. 31/07/14

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 14 children. The hospice staff judged that all 14 children had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. They added, "Excellent interaction from [The Storyteller] to all the children. His intonation and skill make the stories funny and engaging. Seeing him in action enabled me to learn lots about both the different stories and telling them in a way that's both inclusive and exciting. A*"

Demelza Community Children's Hospice, Lewes. 31/07/14

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of one child and seven siblings. The hospice staff judged that the child had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. They added, "The children enjoyed the interaction with the Storyteller and the expressive way [he] conveyed the stories to the children was fabulous. The props that supported the stories were a great hit with the children. The storyteller had patience with the children allowing them all to have a turn at exploring the props. The age group we had was 3 to 9 and the session had something for them all. The game at the end of the session [he] organised was just right for the age group."

Chestnut Tree House  Children's Hospice, Arundel. 28/05/14

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of seven children. No feedback was received from the hospice staff.

Tudor House, Pangbourne. 11/06/14, 26/06/14, 30/06/14

There were a total of 11 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees. Two rated the overall project as "5/5 - Very Good" and one as "4/5 - Good".

John Watson School, Oxford. 25/06/14

Our Storyteller ran six storytelling sessions involving a total of 42 children. We received feedback from four teachers. They judged that all 42 children had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "[The Storyteller] was amazing, he had all the children engaged and interested. They love the sensory toys and it met their needs really well. The children were coming back to class saying "Don't make a mess!" Wonderful."
  • "Excellent! Fantastic sensory story. Loved by all the pupils (and staff!) All engaged. So inspirational! Thanks!!"
  • "Thank you - a brilliant session for our class :) All of the students were engaged and enjoyed taking part. They could all answer questions (with words and/or signs) about the stories when we returned to class, and they were clearly enjoying themselves during the story. [He] was a cracking storyteller and quickly understood the students. It has also given me ideas for making our stories in class more sensory too. Thank you :)"
  • "All of us really enjoyed the story telling, perhaps could have started a bit quicker but was very enjoyable and some of the children were engaged the whole time which is great for such young people. We loved it, thank you very much :)"

Stocklake Park School, Aylesbury. 19/06/14

Our Storyteller ran six storytelling sessions involving a total of 37 children. We received feedback from six teachers. They judged that all of the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. Five rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”. Comments were:

  • "Absolutely brilliant, thank you."
  • "Very enthusiastic and all students were engaged. Hope you can come again."
  • "Really good session. Short and very visual - excellent for our students. Thanks."
  • "[The Storyteller] acted really well with the students. He went at the right pace and included all students equally. The session was fantastic. Thank you."
  • "It was a fantastic session. All our students had a great time. Please come back again."
  • "The students were very engaged throughout. Good pace and [the Storyteller] engaged and interacted with the students very well. "I liked everything" - student quote."

Old Mill Day Centre, Godalming. 04/06/14, 11/06/14, 17/06/14

There were a total of eight adult participants across the three sessions. There were four trainees and they all rated the overall project as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Very interesting and surprising!" Another commented, "Very good idea. Can clearly see it works."

Hillside School, Brighton. 03/06/14

Our Storyteller ran six storytelling sessions involving a total of 51 children. We received feedback from five teachers. They judged that all of the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling and all five rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "Thank you very much- the pupils really enjoyed it."
  • "Very good and tactile, all pupils were engaged."
  • "Storyteller was excellent, knew how to tune into each pupil. Wasn't perturbed by anything going on (eg child retching etc). He enjoyed himself and portrayed this to the pupils and made it fun. Excellent resources. Really good session, excellent for our PMLD pupils."
  • "Absolutely brilliant - all but one pupil completely engaged. The other pupil is fairly able and wouldn't want to ruin his street cred!!!! Thank you so much."

Chestnut Treehouse Children's Hospice, Arundel. 28/05/14

Our Storyteller ran storytelling sessions involving a total of 11 children.

Riverside Community Special School, Purbrook, Waterlooville. 08/05/14

Our Storyteller ran six storytelling sessions involving a total of 37 children. We received feedback from one of the teachers. They judged that all of the children in their class had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling and rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. They added, “We feel all the children enjoy the sensory stories and it keeps them interested and focused having all the different props.”

Priors Day  Service, Slough. 05/03/14, 12/03/14, 19/03/14

There were a total of 15 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees and they all rated the overall project as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Fab multi-sensory activity. In my opinion, very appropriate for our service users."

Voyage Day  Service, Slough. 05/03/14, 12/03/14, 19/03/14

There were a total of 14 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees and they all rated the overall project as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Really enjoyed it. Good work!"

Osborne School, Winchester. 06/03/14

Our Storyteller ran storytelling sessions involving a total of 52 children. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all bar one of the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. Three teachers rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”. Comments were:

  • "Excellent session! Students really engaged. Promps perfect and simple enabling all to join in. Thank you."
  • "The children were very engaged throughout the storytelling. They loved it! The items used throughout the significant parts of the story really helped with the children's understanding of the story."
  • "The children were really engaged. It was very clear that the resources used had been clearly thought out and were very sensory. [The Storyteller] kept the children gripped and included everyone with everything. This session was extremely useful as evidence for a listening assessment. It was evident the children loved it. They can't wait to watch the video! Thank you!"
  • "Good session - very multi-sensory so all could get involved. Could use some of the ideas for class-based activities. Thank you, a very enjoyable session."

Kids Playscheme at Riverside Community Special School, Waterlooville. 18/02/14

Our Storyteller ran sessions involving a total of 6 children.

The School for Profound Education, Tadworth. 10/02/14

Our Storyteller ran six sessions involving a total of 37 children. We received feedback from six teachers. They judged that all of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. All six rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "[The Storyteller] made sure every student had the opportunity to participate in the whole sensory experience. All of the students were engaged and many tracked his movements, anticipating their turns. Excellent!!"
  • "Excellent - very interactive and much appreciated by all staff. The children reacted really well."
  • "An excellent multi-sensory storytelling session. The storyteller worked at a level absolutely right for our learners and related well to them all. We especially liked the Kofi story and are delighted that this will be donated to our school. All 3 learners got a lot out of the session - and the staff loved it too!"
  • "Good storytelling and presenting - worked at good pace".
  • "[The Storyteller] was an excellent storyteller who controlled the session and story Bag Book session with ease and style."

Kennel Lane School, Bracknell. 24/01/14

Our Storyteller ran five sessions involving a total of 19 children. We received feedback from four 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 three as "4/5 - Good". Comments were:

  • "Soap not strong enough smell. Excellent delivery and engagement with students."
  •  "Possibly a spare object for children who are at the mouthing sensory stage of learning to explore."
  • "Lovely session. [The Storyteller] assisted the children according to their level of support and needs. Very interactive with the children. The children really enjoyed the session and each child received sensory input and imaginative ideas."
  • "[The Storyteller] managed to sustain interest of children through the props even when the actual content of stories was above child's level of understanding  - too wordy (maybe use more repeating refrains to hook in children to the narrative)."

Prior's Court School, Thatcham. 10/12/13

Our Storyteller ran six sessions involving a total of 30 children. We received feedback from four teachers. They 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”. One added, "Really engaging. Encouraged students who were shy to participate and plenty of space to allow students to accept or refuse situations." Another commented, "Fantastic interaction with students and elements of stories. The children loved it!"

Ravenswood - Norwood (morning group), Crowthorne. 20/11/13, 27/11/13, 05/12/13

A total of 14 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees and they all rated the overall project as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Excellent - thank you!" Another commented, "Like the pages/props and simple sentences."

Ravenswood - Norwood (afternoon group), Crowthorne. 20/11/13, 27/11/13, 05/12/13

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

Heathfield School, Fareham. 15/11/13

Our Storyteller ran five sessions involving a total of 28 children. We received feedback from five teachers. They 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 two as "4/5 - Good". Comments were:

  • "Thank you very much for such a fabulous experience. We have used story sacks before but not Bag Books. The multi-sensory approach was ideal for our SLD children. We shall be looking to purchase some of the books. We have learned a lot about the delivery of the stories and the "showmanship" which brings the stories alive. Thank you."
  • "Excellent feedback - all the children engaged and enthralled."
  • "They all engaged at different levels. They all enjoyed items that made sound. Good length of story. Liked different voices of storyteller."
  • "Beneficial in a classroom session. Session was on a Friday afternoon - midweek would have suited our class better. Children enjoyed interactive aspects - sound touch."

Clifton Hill School, Caterham. 07/11/13

Our Storyteller ran five sessions involving a total of 24 children. We received feedback from four teachers. They 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”. One added, "Excellent - all students were engaged. [The Storyteller] was so easy to listen to and moved at a great pace for the students. Very fun. Thank you!" Another commented, "Very useful. Students were all very engaged and enjoyed it."

Chailey Heritage School, Lewes. 16/10/13

Our Storyteller ran five sessions involving a total of 43 children. We received feedback from five teachers. They judged that all 43 children had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and the other as "4/5 – Good". Comments were:

  • "Very enjoyable session for learners. Excellent presentation and good choice of objects of reference."
  • "Interaction with young people very good."
  • "Fantastic!!!!"

Forest Park School, Southampton. 11/10/13

Our Storyteller ran five sessions involving a total of 56 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, "Very impressed by the storyteller. He was confident and encouraged participation without suppressing pace. Fantastic session and enjoyed by all." The other commented, "All staff have commented on how great the session was and how well all the children engaged in the story. Props were brilliant and age appropriate. We all had a lot of fun. Thank you."

Cranstock Day Services, Woking. 03/09/13, 10/09/13, 04/10/13

There were a total of 21 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 has been an eye opener with every detail that have a great impact on the storytelling. I have learned to take time, not rush and to have clear way of using words. Very much impressed to see service users getting involved and enjoying every point." Another commented, "The training is very good. Am happy that am trained in this. Wanting to practice more to be good as the trainer."

Bierton Hill Resource Centre, Aylesbury. 06/09/13, 13/09/13, 27/09/13

There were a total of 16 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees who both rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good".

Burnham Day Centre, Burnham. 06/09/13, 13/09/13, 27/09/13

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

Verulamium Museum, St Albans. 24/09/13

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions with a total of 15 children from Watling View School, St Albands and Lakeside School, Welwyn Garden City. 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”. One added, "Excellent session. All 7 pupils really engaged which is a tremendous achievement! Thanks. Just to say a massive thank you to you to [the Storyteller] and all who were involved in the Bag Books session on Tuesday. It was a great success. Our pupils, who are not always the easiest to engage, were really involved, and loved the session. [The Storyteller] is a brilliant storyteller whose pace and energy was perfect for our group." The other commented, "All of us really enjoyed the stories. Every one of the 5 senses were covered. Even our partially sighted learner and tactile defensive learners really benefitted from the range of resources. I think all of our learners at Lakeside would benefit from these stories/Bag Books. [The Storyteller] was fantastic!"

The Harbour Day Service, Milford. 03/09/13, 10/09/13, 17/09/13

There were a total of 19 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees who both rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "The training that [the Storyteller] did, was very informative, and really interesting. It opened my eyes to a lot of things about storytelling."

EllenorLions Children's Hospice, Gravesend. 27/08/13

Our Storyteller ran storytelling sessions with a total of seven children. The feedback from the hospice staff judged that all seven children had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. They added, "Really lovely activity for our children. Perfect for this group."

Brelade Development Centre, Brighton. 05/08/13, 12/08/13, 19/08/13

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: 

  • "[The Storyteller-Trainer] was extremely helpful and engaging during the training and when he was telling the stories. He made the training enjoyable and our service users have a valuable experience."
  • "Bag Books are very well made stories. Are appropriate for everybody. Training sessions were really interesting and informative. Trainer was enthusiastic, full of knowledge, very enthusiastic which was transferred onto staff. Activity highly recommended for people of all abilities. Can't think of an area to improve. Really enjoyable and interesting."
  • "Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and interesting trainer. Very informative and enjoyable experience."

Connaught Day Options, Hove. 05/08/13, 12/08/13, 19/08/13

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, "Really thoroughly enjoyed it; learned lots in a limited time - really appreciated the info on language development; cognitive development etc. - very stimulating. I definitely want to share as widely as possible. Was great - thank you." The other commented, "Really enjoyed the experience and will definitely put it to good use in the future. Would like to find out more Really good. Enthusiastic and encouraging. Thanks."

Kids Playscheme at Riverside Community Special School, Waterlooville. 14/08/13

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

Kids Playscheme at Riverside Community Special School, Waterlooville. 07/08/13

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 14 children.

Royal School for Deaf Children, Margate. 11/07/13

Our Storyteller ran six sessions involving a total of 25 children. We received feedback from five teachers. They 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". Comments were:

  • "I didn't know what to expect but it was great. [The Storyteller] was fantastic. Thanks."
  • "A most enjoyable day! Thank you."
  • "Very useful storytelling tips. Children with functional ages 1 yr to 10 yrs enjoyed very much (all 4 aged between 14-15)."
  • "Excellent delivery and resources. Students engaged, happy and interested. Thank you."

Bradfields School, Chatham. 10/07/13

Our Storyteller ran five sessions involving a total of 30 children. We received feedback from seven teachers. They 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 three as "4/5 – Good". Comments were:

  • "Very good experience however with some of the older children the books need to be aimed or focused on their experiences"
  • "All the children enjoyed the stories. The interaction was good. The storyteller engaged well with the children."
  • "The storyteller was able to engage with the children well and all children took part in their own way. A fantastic experience for the children.."
  • "Excellent use of resources to engage the pupils in the story. Beneficial for all pupils."
  • "Fantastic - pupils really enjoyed it as did staff."
  • "A useful and enjoyable session. Children were very well engaged and had a fun time. Thank you."

St Nicholas School, Canterbury. 02/07/13

Our Storyteller ran seven sessions involving a total of 44 children. We received feedback from six teachers. They judged that all bar one of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. All six rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "Excellent. Pupils fully engaged at all times, very focused and really caught up in the story. Excellent storyteller."
  • "The pupils and staff really enjoyed the sensory stories. I think this whole school would benefit more from these stories. Thank you very much."
  • "Great enthusiasm."
  • "Wonderful session! All the children were fully involved with both stories. [The Storyteller] included all the children in telling the stories, even those who took longer to accept a change of room. I was amazed by the child that I thought wouldn't tolerate the resources i.e. water spray - loved it! Thank you. I can't wait to get my hands on these new resources!"
  • "I am inspired to come up with some stories for my class!"

Brookfields Special School, Reading. 01/07/13

Our Storyteller ran two sessions involving a total of 16 children. We received feedback from two teachers. They judged that all of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Both rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. One added, "What a brilliant storytelling session, which all the children interacted with. [The Storyteller] spent time with each individual child noting each of their needs. I would recommend your company [We are a charity - Ed]. Thank you for visiting us." Another commented, "Excellent session. All the pupils enjoyed the stories."

Parkwood Hall School, Swanley. 21/06/13

Our Storyteller ran six sessions for a total of 35 pupils. We received feedback from six teachers who judged that all the children bar one in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. All six teachers rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. One added, "[The Storyteller] observed the individual needs of our students - they all enjoyed it. Thank you."

Foxwood School, Hythe. 19/06/13

Our Storyteller ran five sessions for a total of 28 pupils. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. All five teachers rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • “Fantastic session - pupils really engaged, all thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you very much!”
  • “Fantastic opportunity for our children. [The Storyteller] for their full response, thank you.”
  • "The story that was real to their own life experience was enjoyed the most.”
  • “Excellent. Thank you. Can't wait to use in our class.”

Frank Wise School, Banbury. 12/06/13

Our Storyteller ran six sessions involving a total of 37 children. We received feedback from six teachers. They judged that all the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. All six rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • “Excellent performance - very engaging. All the pupils were engaged in the stories and enjoyed the session. Some sensory boards were better than others - the tactile objects could have been real objects (toy cat) instead of fur fabric maybe? But the sound effect boards were very good. Thank you!”
  • “A really lovely session. The pupils were engaged throughout. Thank you!”
  • “[The Storyteller] was great! Fantastic enthusiasm, had every child's attention, regardless of need from the start to the end. Great INSET training for us as staff!”
  • “Really great, would definitely use the Bag Books resources more in school (especially in the junior part of the school)”
  • “The children were really engaged throughout and gained genuine pleasure from the stories.”

Fordwater School, Chichester. 10/06/13

Our Storyteller ran six sessions for a total of 50 pupils. We received feedback from five teachers. They judged that all 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:

  • "Really great  - such enthusiasm - you reminded some of us of Mr. Tumble. Engaged children well and showed interest in them, remembered names etc."
  • "Thank you very much. We really enjoyed your session. It would be interesting to look through other of your Bag Books and compare them to the sensory stories we already use. Thank you!"
  • "Excellent storytelling and it was a story that those who could understand it would relate to. Very good resources too - boards a good idea."
  • "Very interactive - at an ideal level for all the pupils in our class."
  • "Very good session. Captured all eight students' attention throughout the session."

Julia’s House Children's Hospice, Corfe Mullen. 29/05/13

Our Storyteller ran sessions with five children. The feedback from the hospice staff judged that all five children had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. They added, "The storyteller was knowable and inclusive with all the children. The children were fully engaged and really enjoyed all of the stories. I found it very helpful that the storyteller came to the hospice with the resources. The carers and nurses were very inspired by the visit and since then we have used the free resources on numerous occasions. I think this is a very good project. The organisation from the start to the finish very reliable and friendly. I was very impressed with how much the children were engaged throughout all of the stories and how user friendly the resources are. Many thanks."

Naomi House Children's Hospice, Winchester. 29/05/13

Our Storyteller ran sessions with seven children and three siblings. The feedback from the hospice staff judged that all seven children had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. They added, "The stories and resources were very interactive and were appropriate for all of the children using our service regardless of age or disability. [The storyteller] was fantastic with the children - he was very confident with the children and was excellent at involving them using the props. Any support or work we could do with Bag Books would be of benefit to our children. We are very appreciative of the 2 stories you have provided us and our play team look forward to using these with many of our children. Thank you!"

St Nicholas Centre, Lewes. 29/04/13, 13/05/13, 20/05/13

There were a total of 18 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees, two who rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good" and one as "4/5 - Good". One added, "I enjoyed the course. Very helpful learning more about individuals responses to storytelling according to their individual needs." Another commented, "Session was very informative, I found scientific explanations helped a lot in understanding ways of storytelling."

Bevernview, Lewes. 29/04/13, 13/05/13, 20/05/13

There were a total of 16 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees who both rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good".
Kingfisher School, Abingdon. 17/05/13
Our Storyteller ran seven sessions for a total of 53 pupils. We received feedback from four teachers. They 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:

  • "Wonderful." 
  • "All children loved it! Nice for the children to hear a male telling the story! The pupils were asked what their favourite bit was… "The squeezy!" (CJ story); "Smelling of the soap" (Don't make a mess story). Both stories were great!
  • "The session was very good and held our pupil's attention. We really liked the storyteller."
  • "Excellent. Thank you. Lovely to see students all joining in, laughing and smiling."

Redwood Park School, Portsmouth. 23/04/13

Our Storyteller ran one session for a total of 8 pupils. We received feedback from one teacher who judged that all 8 children had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. They rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”.

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

Our Storyteller ran sessions for 8 children and trained 12 people in multi-sensory storytelling.

Hillcrest Day Centre, High Wycombe. 28/01/13, 12/02/13, 18/02/13

There were a total of 13 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees and they all rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good".

Seeleys Day Centre, Beaconsfield. 28/01/13, 12/02/13, 18/02/13

There were a total of 19 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". Comments were:

  • "Bag Books has given me new ideas which I can introduce into my storytelling sessions."
  • "Has improved and enhanced my knowledge and skills with the whole process. Allowed me to realise that simple and short are quite important."
  • "Found the training very good and has given me lots of ideas for creating new stories."

Rachel Madocks School, Waterlooville. 15/02/13O

Our Storyteller ran seven sessions for a total of 61 pupils. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that the multi-sensory storytelling had been beneficial to 100% of the pupils. All four teachers rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. One added, “We all really enjoyed it and look forward to trying our boxes in school.” Another said, “A fantastic, inspiring session - thank you!”

The Avenue School, Reading. 11/02/13

Our Storyteller ran six sessions involving a total of 46 children. We received feedback from four teachers. They judged that all of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling and they all rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good". Comments were:

  • "All the kids loved the stories! It was brilliant!"
  • "Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it."
  • "Storyteller was fantastic, kept the students engaged at all times."

Hazel Court School, Eastbourne. 06/02/13

Our Storyteller ran six sessions involving a total of 44 children. We received feedback from six teachers. They judged that all but one of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Five teachers rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as "4/5 - Good".

The Castle School, Newbury. 31/01/13

Our Storyteller ran seven sessions involving a total of 36 children. We received feedback from five teachers. They judged that all but two of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Three teachers rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and two as "4/5 - Good".

Cliffdale Primary School, Portsmouth. 09/01/13

Our Storyteller ran three sessions for a total of 29 pupils. We received feedback from three teachers who judged that the multi-sensory storytelling had been beneficial to all but two of the pupils. Two teachers rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”.

Monro Avenue, Milton Keynes. 07/11/12, 21/11/12, 12/12/12

A total of 6 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees and both rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "I feel very confident to tell stories to the individuals I support with Bag Books stories." Another commented, "Easy to adjust story/props to suit individual needs."

Tower Drive Centre, Milton Keynes. 07/11/12, 21/11/12, 12/12/12

A total of 12 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees and they all rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good".

Daubeney Gate, Milton Keynes. 08/11/12, 22/11/12, 06/12/12

A total of 7 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees and both rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Excellent facilitator - constructive, insightful feedback. Thank you very much." Another commented, "I have enjoyed the sessions and feel they will be enjoyed at Daubney Gate."

Beanhill Centre, Milton Keynes. 08/11/12, 22/11/12, 06/12/12

A total of 9 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees and both rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Really enjoy the interaction from listeners about story to storyteller."

Springfield School, Witney. 28/11/12

Our Storyteller ran seven sessions for a total of 51 pupils. We received feedback from seven teachers who judged that the multi-sensory storytelling had been beneficial to all the pupils. Six teachers rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”. One added, “Brilliant the children really engaged. Thank you.”

Bardwell School, Bicester. 26/11/12

Our Storyteller ran six sessions for a total of 30 pupils. We received feedback from eight teachers who judged that the multi-sensory storytelling had been beneficial to all the pupils. Seven teachers rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”. One added, “Thank you for a lovely story session. The children were all engaged with the stories.” Another said, “All of them really enjoyed it and were very focussed.”

The Wyvern School, Ashford. 16/11/12

Our Storyteller ran four sessions for a total of 28 pupils. We received feedback from two teachers who judged that the multi-sensory storytelling had been beneficial to all the pupils. Both teachers rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. One added, “Staff and students all really enjoyed the day. Thank you ever so much.”

The Redway School, Milton Keynes. 15/10/12

Our Storyteller ran six sessions for a total of 35 pupils. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that the multi-sensory storytelling had been beneficial to 96% of the pupils. All four teachers rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. One added, “All children enjoyed aspects of the story.” Another said, “Different setting [needed]. One child easily distracted by other items in room. All of the children enjoyed the session.

Booker Hill School, High Wycombe. 27/09/12

Our Storyteller ran two sessions for a total of 24 pupils. No feedback was received.

Hollywater School, Bordon. 19/09/12

Our Storyteller ran five sessions for a total of 57 pupils. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that the multi-sensory storytelling had been beneficial to 100% of the pupils. Three teachers rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”. One added, “Absolutely brilliant! The kids loved it and I could see how it's done. Thank you.” Another said, “An excellent storyteller. Thank you!”

Oakley School - Primary Site, Tunbridge Wells. 18/09/12

Our Storyteller ran five sessions to a total of 42 children.We received feedback from three teachers who judged that all the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All three rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. One added, “The children all really engaged with this style of storytelling especially the autistic children. Would definitely like to have some in school. The children loved it.”

Osborne School, Winchester. 11/09/12

Our Storyteller ran five sessions for a total of 31 pupils. We received feedback from one teacher who judged that the multi-sensory storytelling had been beneficial to 100% of the pupils. The teacher rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. They added, “All children engaged and motivated by their sessions. Many thanks for a successful day.”

Icknield School, Andover. 10/09/12

Our Storyteller ran six sessions for a total of 36 pupils. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that the multi-sensory storytelling had been beneficial to 100% of the pupils. The teachers all rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. One added, “Excellent!”

Hill House School, Lymington. 19/07/12

Our Storyteller ran one-to-one sessions for a total of 16 pupils (this is a small residential school with only 20 pupils in total). We received feedback from one teacher who judged that the multi-sensory storytelling had been beneficial to 100% of the pupils. The teacher rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”.

St George's School, Newport, Isle of Wight. 16/07/12

Our Storyteller ran four sessions for a total of 25 pupils. We received feedback from one teacher who judged that the multi-sensory storytelling had been beneficial to 100% of the pupils. The teacher rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”.

Shepherds Down School, Winchester. 12/07/12

Our Storyteller ran five sessions for a total of 37 pupils. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that the multi-sensory storytelling had been beneficial to 100% of the pupils. Three teachers rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”. One added, “Thank you very much. A lovely session.”

Vermont School, Southampton. 28/06/12

Our Storyteller ran two sessions for a total of 14 pupils (this is a small school with only 27 pupils in total). We received feedback from one teacher who judged that the multi-sensory storytelling had been beneficial to 93% of the pupils. The teacher rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”.

United Response, John Street, Maidstone. 25/04/12, 16/05/12, 30/05/12

A total of eight adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees and feedback was received from two. Both rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Really nice to see how much more engaged service users have become as the sessions have progressed."

United Response, Dovedale Court, Ashford. 25/04/12, 16/05/12, 30/05/12

A total of 15 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees and both rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Enjoyable experience. People we support are already enjoying sessions. This has become an activity that all at Dovedal will enjoy. Thank you."

Booker Hill School, High Wycombe. 25/05/12

Our Storyteller ran two sessions for a total of 17 pupils. We received feedback from two teachers who judged that the multi-sensory storytelling had been beneficial to all the pupils. Both teachers rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Six people were trained in multi-sensory storytelling. Feedback was received from all six trainees. Five rated the quality of the training as "5/5 - Very Good" and one as "4/5 - Good."

Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School, Horsham. 09/05/12

Our Storyteller ran four storytelling sessions involving 43 children with severe learning disabilities. We received feedback from one teacher who rated the experience as “5/5 - Very Good”. They commented, “Thank you very much, we loved the session.”

Linden Court, Eastbourne. 16/02/12, 28/02/12, 20/03/12

A total of 18 adult participants across the three sessions. Four trainees but no feedback received.

Beeching Park, Bexhill-On-Sea. 16/02/12, 28/02/12, 20/03/12

A total of 17 adult participants across the three sessions. No feedback received.

St Joseph's School, Cranleigh. 08/02/12

Our Storyteller ran six storytelling sessions involving 31 children with severe learning disabilities. Unfortunately we did not receive feedback or comments from the teachers.

Herons Dale School, Shoreham-By-Sea. 01/02/12

Our Storyteller ran eight storytelling sessions involving 58 children with severe learning disabilities.We received feedback from four teachers who judged that the multi-sensory storytelling had been beneficial to 100% of the pupils. All four teachers rated the experience as “5/5 - Very Good”.

Arbour Vale School, Slough. 01/02/12

Our Storyteller ran six storytelling sessions involving 48 children. No feedback was received.

Arbour Vale School, Slough. 31/01/12

Our Storyteller ran six storytelling sessions involving 48 children. No feedback was received.

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