Since June 2015, I have been working on an innovative and exciting project with Pie Corbett, called The Arts of Storytelling. We created this in response to a request from Dame Alison Peacock, the Executive Headteacher of the Wroxham Transformative Learning Alliance.
The year long project, involves pairs of teachers from more than 30 schools. There are 6 training days and these include KS1 and KS2 sessions on Drama, Dance, Art and Music led by nationally renowned arts experts. The 4 main artforms are each explored as a way of inspiring and telling stories. Pie is leading the project and also providing a series of workshops at the training days, that practically demonstrate his ways of making and telling stories, e.g. using
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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