acting head of sixth form and English teacher, East London Science School
Richard Woolfenden is acting head of sixth form at ELSS and currently building on his success at leading a tough East London year group to some great exam results last summer. As a subject specialist English teacher, Richard credits one of the turning points in building his year group’s intellectual confidence as his now legendary Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde annual lecture about the famous novella.
Committed to teaching Shakespeare, Richard has recently begun researching the production history of Hamlet in Stratford-upon-Avon and even pursued the bard’s creativity as far as Chicago last summer when he worked with American liberal arts colleges on the classical trivium of grammar, logic and rhetoric, something that Richard feels helped make Shakespeare the schoolboy into the great writer he became.
Follow Richard on Twitter: @eclectictrains
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