August 12th to 16th 2015
I had a very positive meeting with the Government Department that leads on the teaching of English as a second language. I enjoyed providing workshops for actors and teachers on Basic Drama Strategies and Drama for Writing. I met with school Co-ordinators of English and we considered how ‘Drama for Language Learning’ can be developed as part of their school improvement agendas. Then I gave a speech at the Anglo Uruguay Theatre, after which I was kindly taken to lunch by representatives of the British Embassy, who had attended It was a busy, fascinating and great week in Montevideo. Thanks for an inspiring visit, Juan Luis Granato and ‘The Company’.
I am owner of 'Inspiring Professional Development and School Improvement'. Prior to this, I was President of the International Drama Theatre and Education Association (IDEA) from 2010-13 and was Chair of National Drama (UK's leading professional association of Drama Teachers and Theatre Educators) for more than a decade (until November 2014). I was a Local Authority Arts Adviser for 11 years (from 2000) and a School Improvement Partner and Ofsted Inspector concurrently. I also led a successful local authority Music Service through change, from 2000 to 2002.
I am a professional writer and was a BBC Education Series Consultant and Scriptwriter. I also have published several books for teachers on teaching across the curriculum using 'Drama for Learning'.
I currently work internationally and in the UK, where I am the owner of 'Inspiring Professional Development and School Improvement', providing courses and conferences for schools on many subjects and issues. I also continue to develop and deliver my own drama courses in schools across the UK and abroad, as well as being an invited lecturer at several universities.
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