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 recently written teacher materials to be included in a book of plays for young people with Bloomsbury Press.

Paul writes poetry and plays for the National Trust and Cuckoos Egg Theatre Company, as a founder of the group, and and wrote his first full length play, ‘Overdue’, commissioned 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