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Alistair Bryce Clegg

Subversive Teaching - Educators Under Cover | Alistar Bryce-Clegg | TEDxNorwichED

"It doesn’t matter if you are 5 or 155 years old, play is one of the most powerful facilitators of learning there is.

As educators, we should never underestimate or forget the power that effective play can have on the well-being and achievement of children and adults alike.

As our early education system becomes more about delivering ‘initiatives’ and conditioning children to be still and listen, we are risking the death of creative thinking, imagination and social interaction.

We must be subversive in our teaching – fight for the freedom of engagement through quality play. Appreciate the uniqueness of children and that one size never did and never will fit all.

To recognise that small actions can have big impact when it comes to engaging learners. Every storm starts with a single raindrop.

Let’s get subversive - It is time to create a storm!


Alistar enjoyed a successful 10 year career as the Head teacher of three-form entry Infant school and Early Years Unit in Cheshire. Alongside his headship he established a consultancy career specialising in the education of children in the Early Years. Most of his time is spent supporting practitioners in their settings or delivering key notes and training, specialising all aspects of Early Years practice and management for both the maintained and non-maintained sectors nationally and internationally. Alistar is also an award-winning author and product designer.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at