This school is part of a ‘Drama for Thought, Talk and Writing’ hub of six schools in North Norfolk. They filmed the children during and after my lesson visit and also made a second film about the lesson, with the children as news reporters.
Child 1: When we walked into the room, we didn’t think it would be that much but by the end we were thinking, ‘Yes, that was really good….really good.’
Child 2: We were blown away!
Child 3: We were really inventing the story.
FILM: Children talking about my drama lesson
FILM: Children in role as news reporters and eye witnesses
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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