Paul studied Acting at Bretton Hall College (University of Leeds) in 2002-2005 and since 2009 is a highly experienced teacher promoting values led education. He has taught and been lead for Drama in further, secondary and primary settings in Yorkshire; led on Citizenship, SMSC, and blended curriculum; and has recently completed an MA (Education) with a focus on dramatic technique – ‘Mantle of the expert’.


His work with teachers includes speaking at international conferences, workshop and keynote for ITT / NQT for Wakefield and Barnsley providers, and as a tutor with Drama PGCE students at University of Huddersfield

Paul is pleased to be in residence at Castleford Park Junior Academy working with teachers to develop a dramatic story based curriculum through a programme of evolving CPD

Paul continues to work in schools as an associate alongside Hywel Roberts

He works in the creative arts as a Drama practitioner for Leeds Playhouse, Grimm & Co., Settle Stories.

Paul sits on the board of directors of Long Division Festival, Wakefield, and is Education Development Manager for their work with young people. #YoungTeam 2019, their pilot programme was a triumph, and in 2020-21 the education offer is expanding.

He writes articles for TES, Drama and Theatre Magazine, Hopscotch Education, and Independent Thinking Press; and is currently writing teacher materials to be included in a book of plays for primary schools with Bloomsbury Press.

Paul writes poetry and plays for the National Trust and Cuckoos Egg Theatre Company, as a founder of the group, and is currently writing his first one-act play commission by Creative Wakefield for Wakefield Wordfest 2020.

His work with teachers and students, adults and young people, and his creative output –  focuses on creativity and kindness, with candid honesty.

Through innovative and imaginative projects inside and outside the classroom; Paul’s mission is to provide meaningful cultural experiences for all people regardless of situation.

Above all he is a do-er and a dreamer.


Paul can work in your setting; contact: paulbatesondrama@hotmail.co.uk