I have created and published several full Drama units on the theme of Migration and led workshops on them in various countries. In ‘The Primary Drama Handbook’ I have a unit of work called ‘Leaving Home’ . It uses Shaun Tan’s ‘The Arrival’ as the key resource. See my Lessons section for a free, shorter version of this. Also, I use the provocative picture books of Armin Greder. You can find a free, short version of my drama unit on ‘The Island’ by Armin Greder . Click the ‘Lessons’ tab. These lessons were commissioned by the DCSF to help prevent racism and violent extremism. I also have written a drama unit on ‘The City’ (by Armin Greder) , about a mother who leaves a war torn country, seeking a safe place to bring up her child. This is published in the second version of ‘With Drama in Mind’. Last (but certainly not least) in the book I wrote with Rob John, ‘Inspiring Writing Through Drama’ . This has a great, full drama unit called ‘Lorry’ (written by Rob John).
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.