Paul Woodward

Paul Woodward BA (Hons), PGCE, MA (Distinction)
Principal Trainer

Paul has been an international education specialist for over 25 years and has worked in primary, secondary, tertiary and university contexts in the UK, Australia and Africa. He is a published scholar in the field of education and performance, a professional theatre practitioner, and a coach and mentor to various inspirational charity projects around the world. His work with Pivotal supplements his ongoing doctoral research into the uses of storytelling, performance, and disclosure in educational contexts.

Paul’s groundbreaking research has been awarded multiple funding from universities both here in the UK and in Australia delivering educational workshops and training in the uses of performances as educational therapy as far afield as Lodz, Poland from exploring the role of sign language in educational contexts to performance and sexual health education in various countries in Africa. He has most recently worked for the Melbourne based charity Possible Dreams International in Swaziland working as a storytelling and empowerment coach negotiating loss and trauma in the lives of young people living in rural areas affected by poverty and HIV & AIDS.

In his performance work, his educational management training, and his research; Paul is passionate about the interface between teacher and learner and the possibility of real and mutual change existing in this continuum. His dynamic and interpersonal teaching style has been instrumental in his success teaching from primary to undergraduate level learners. He also credits his success to invariably having a big smile on his face.

Paul remains active as a university lecturer in theatre and is currently working at Goldsmiths University. He is also working on a trilogy of solo performance shows that explore his familial relations. Paul claims to have been motivated as a secondary level student by the kind words of his English Lit teacher Mrs. Reeves, who taught him To Kill a Mockingbird and who recognised in him a passion for the meeting point between art and political action, and his Drama teacher, Mr. Davies who told him to “never think about studying the art of Drama” for as long as he lived. Paul takes these acute polarities of teacher behaviours as pure motivation for his career in education and professional theatre work.

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Paul Woodward was hands - on, proactive and effusive trainer who connected really well with us. It was a very helpful session and I learnt many effective strategies to manage behaviour in my own classroom. I hope it can be an annual training or Pivotal can regularly share the latest trends in the field.

“Daniel Makanda “

Paul was knowledgeable and was able to relate to our situation effectively. He was extremely engaging with all participants and used everyone's experience and expertise well. Paul was clear, concise and effective in creating our blueprint to make a rapid change in our academy.

Steve Kemshall
Skegness Academy