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peter cook

Exploring Performance Poetry

My first poem felt urgent, but also a fluke. I forgot about it. With my second poem, the idea of being a ‘poet’ made me laugh. That’s what other people do! Tentative steps from writing and hiding, to writing and nervously performing an adapted version of my first poem for hundreds on a TEDx stage has felt surreal…

After this, I was introduced to the world of open mic events and am now starting to explore various possibilities of this expression style. Highlights of this and other things I’m up to are most regularly posted on twitter or to reach out directly, just say ‘hi’ from my ‘Ask Leah’ page.

Founding Team Member at the Chartered College of Teaching

For nearly 170 years the teaching profession has had a Royal Charter, granted in 1849 by Queen Victoria to protect and serve teachers. In 2017 this charter was transferred to a new professional body...

From the first TeachMeet in 2006, successfully combining online networks with inspiring events, to teachers across the country creating and contributing to communities of reflective practice; something important is happening. At a national level teachers and the practice of teaching is being seen as core to developing our education system. I’m proud to be on the founding team at the Chartered College of Teaching working with and for teachers.