“At the heart of the world’s best teaching you’ll find one admittedly made-up word -‘botheredness’"
Hywel Roberts
‘Young girl kills the first person she meets then teams up with three strangers to kill again’ is how one TV reviewer famously described the Wizard of Oz. For Hywel, a teacher whose passion for teaching is almost matched by his passion for film, it is the more traditional take on the movie which describes what education should be about – courage, brains and heart."

Hywel, an Associate Director of Independent Thinking, is working both nationally and internationally with mainstream and special schools and at university level helping teachers design the sort of creative classroom experiences that make learning fun, relevant, active and real - for all learners. Drawing on his drama background and his work with the celebrated Mantle of the Expert approach, Hywel shares his innovative ideas with an infectious enthusiasm and humour, all of which are captured wonderfully in his highly popular first book Oops! Helping Children Learn Accidentally.
“We’re gonna need a bigger boat” – Oops! Helping Children Learn Accidentally

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  • Hywel has been with Independent Thinking since 2010 and is one of The 33

  • Hywel’s DBS number is 001439015642 Issued 21st March 2014

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Feedback from recent events include:

"Hywel has you in stitches. CDP has never been so hilarious. Aside from the jokes, Hywel instils a sense of power, and inspiration. Mantle of the expert should be a staple in every classroom."

"We had the pleasure of listening to you speak back in March at the SEN.se INSET day in Taunton. I just wanted to mail you to let you know what a profound impact your words and enthusiasm have had for us, in particular for one of our NQT colleagues. He produces a news bulletin every fortnight which then sets the scene for a creative and interest day. The learners are waiting with bated breath for the next instalment and are completely buying in to the fantasy world he creates. The support staff are nearly as giddy as the learners and the whole atmosphere is “Buzzin”. At some level your words and enthusiasm resonated with Ian and have helped him find his way from being a good teacher to being a great one. This enthusiasm and zest is contagious and is spreading across the school, which ultimately benefits those that really matter- the learners!"

"Would just like to say Hywel was BRILLIANT yesterday. He'd really listened to our needs as a school and crafted something bespoke around these. He was warm, open, engaging and the staff really took on board great ideas."

"I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and to Hywel for a fabulous conference today. He was motivational, enthusiastic and inspirational and we've had very positive feedback. "

"You have given me back my creativity today and I will be grateful for that for a long time."


Lessons Worth Behaving For

With Hywel Roberts. Creative strategies for the classroom to increase engagement.

How to Teach Without Losing Your Soul

With Hywel Roberts and Dr Debra Kidd. This Event helps you to remember why you became a teacher.

Governor Event

Being a governor is an incredibly important task these days so we are delighted when we are asked to support them in their work in all sorts of schools around the country. Apart from ensuring the event is an entertaining and enjoyable one for all, especialy as it is so often on a rainy Saturday, we make sure our input is informative, relevant, up to date and guarantees all governors go back into their schools knowing what to look for, what to do and the rights sorts of questions to ask.