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Kevin Graal – children’s storyteller


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Kevin is a confident and experienced trainer with a long track record in providing tailor-made training for early years practitioners, primary school teachers, staff and volunteers on arts and community projects and aspiring storytellers.

Kevin provides training for:

Early Years practitioners

Inservice workshops for nursery teachers, playworkers, childminders and speech and language specialists, and demonstrations and key-note speaking at EY conferences.

Teaching staff & language & literacy professionals

Primary school INSET days, staff meetings and presentations and key-note speaking for conferences and professional development courses.

Staff & volunteers on arts & community projects

One-off training sessions and longer-term courses.

Aspiring storytellers & performers

One-to-one mentoring and group tutoring.

Kevin was absolutely brilliant at the Early Years conference and all our colleagues left feeling energised and ready for the term.
Inspector for Primary & Early Years
Kingston Upon Thames
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tailor-made training

Kevin’s training work comprises two main strands:

Storytelling skills – developing skills in the art of oral storytelling.

The uses of storytelling – exploring the pivotal role that stories can play in the acquisition of language and literacy.

Within these two strands, Kevin devises tailor-made training in response to prospective trainees’ needs and drawing on a varied menu of training elements including:

Developing skills

  • Focusing attention & awaking curiosity before your story starts
  • Techniques for engaging your listeners’ interest & enthusiasm
  • Managing interaction with your listeners during a story
  • Using props, puppets & musical instruments in your storytelling
  • Tips on your vocal delivery & use of gesture
  • Incorporating rhythm, rhyme, music & song into your storytelling
  • Learning & telling a story without a book
  • Tips & techniques on improving the way you use picture books
  • Techniques for remembering the sequence of a story
  • Speaking & listening games & activities

Use of storytelling

  • The relationship between oral language & the acquisition of literacy
  • Links between storytelling & wider areas of the school curriculum
  • The role of storytelling in children's personal & social development
  • Exploring differences between story-telling & story-reading
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Not only did the children benefit from Kevin’s obvious love for literature and his dynamic and enthusiastic approach, but the teachers agree that they too found his sessions inspiring, stimulating and a valuable contribution to their own professional development – excellent inservice training.
Christ the King RC Primary, Coventry

Practical ideas

Down to earth and refreshingly free of jargon, Kevin’s training sessions will improve your self-confidence, unlock your creativity and - above all - leave you with lots of practical ideas.

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Lots of really good ideas for 'playing' with stories through songs, rhythm and drama.
Inservice training day for Early Years practitioners

Track record

Kevin’s track record as a trainer is distinguished and wide-ranging: from lively presentations for after-school staff meetings and INSET days in UK schools to demonstrations for English Language teachers as part of the British Council's teacher-training programmes in the Middle East; from mentoring Lloyds of London volunteers on a reading partners scheme in inner city schools to workshops at a conference of literacy professionals hosted by the British Library.

Whatever the objective, all of Kevin’s training is delivered with clarity and good humour. His focus is always on useful ideas that are relevant to real-life situations and give participants fresh insights and new perspectives on the ancient art of storytelling.

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Kevin’s training workshops on ‘Bringing a Story to Life’ have inspired our English Language teachers to be more creative in their teaching and given them new found confidence in their storytelling.
English Project Manager
British Council, Bahrain
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