My name is Darren Birchall and I am a qualified primary teacher with many years of experience of teaching a variety of subjects in both state and private school settings in the primary sector. I am also the Managing Director of Balestra Education Ltd and the creator and teacher of all the workshops you see here.
I started this business with a sporting focus in 2006 and it has since grown to include this larger variety of workshops which are very much based around an ethos of delivering fun and extremely interactive learning experiences for mostly primary pupils in the subjects that I personally am most knowledgeable about and am most interested in teaching; namely science, history and sport.
If you have had a chance to look at any of the workshop details you will have seen that I place a strong emphasis on 'wow!' moments in my teaching in the firm belief that this is the best way to engage pupils and leave a lasting impression on them that will both inform them and spur them on to further independent learning.
I also believe strongly in the power of visual aids in the form of genuine historical artefacts, hand made scale models and the use of ICT and video presentations to enhance the learning experience.
At the time of writing, I deliver workshops to around 150 different schools per year throughout the North West of England averaging between 10,000 and 11,000 pupils per year.
If you would like to make an enquiry or perhaps offer your services to the company, please don't hesitate to contact me here.
In addition, my wider experience also includes writing lesson plans for Manchester United's 'Move with' physical literacy project here: http://issuu.com/aadilmughal/docs/move_with_mu_-_beginner (see the last page for the name-check) as well as being involved with several other similar projects for organisations such as the British Fencing Association, the Salford School Sports Partnership and many others. I have also delivered teacher training on a variety of subjects.