Old Market Square - Teaching

Teaching Guiding Skills

Teaching guiding skills is very much part of my life as a guide. For the past four years I have been teaching tour guiding courtesy of my local authority. I’m also participating in other projects. Indeed, I am finding increasingly diverse contexts in which I can bring guide training to bear!

Such training should not be seen purely within the context of tour guiding. Training in guiding skills develops presentation skills, as well as skills in leadership and people management. It helps develop research techniques such as collating and prioritising material. Moreover such training builds confidence in both teamwork and individual performance.

Tower Hamlets

I teach three courses through Idea Store Learning, the adult education service at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. These courses give basic guiding skills to newcomers, and they give desirable CPD to experienced guides. To both groups they provide a deeper experience of the real East End.

Interested? Details of the courses are HERE.


I’m becoming involved in various guiding projects. If you would like to discuss ideas for a guide training project, please contact me: details HERE.

George Green’s School

In July-August 2018 I trained some pupils at George Green’s School to present a circular tour of the area around the school. They did the tour, followed a week later by a presentation to the Friends of Island History Trust. We hope that this will be the beginning of a greater awareness of the Island at street level.

Overseas Schools

In 2019 I participated in guide training workshops intended to give students experience of tour guiding. These projects are at a basic level. They don’t envisaged the students going on to become tour guides. Rather the projects give essential presentation skills. The students can take these skills home with them. Later in life they will be interviewed for university and jobs, and will face other situations where they have to give account of themselves. Presentation skills will be invaluable to them.

I’ve participated in two particular projects to date. One with the UK Educational Development Agency has seen myself and fellow guide Licia Sisalli training students to give a tour in the City of London. The workshop takes the route in stages, and includes visits additional to the tour project!

The other project, for the British International School has involved me and fellow guides Marilyn Greene and Joyce Gendall, giving training in various locations including Westminster and Southwark.


David Charnick tells students about Columbia Market, Bethnal Green © 2014 Alan Tucker

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