In 2012, I set up ‘Inspiring Professional Development and School Improvement’ and this has enabled me to provide high quality Continuing Professional Development to schools on many curriculum areas and education priorities. Take a look at my official website www.patricebaldwin.com , where you can book some great courses and conferences.
I am committed to supporting schools in positive ways, to continuously improve and was a headteacher of a very successful primary school from 1991 to 2000. Running my own business helps me know and understand what schools are dealing with overall and what they need as support. It also means I can attend many courses and conferences and keep up to date with education and curriculum matters nationally and internationally.
Being my own boss now, means I at last have the freedom to speak freely about Education, policy and practice. I can also balance my life more, travelling, writing, advocating for arts education and working independently across the UK and internationally, with control of my own diary.
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). Prior to this, I was a Local Authority Arts Adviser for 11 years (from 2000) and a School Improvement Partner and Ofsted Inspector. I also led a successful local authority Music Service through great change, from 2000 to 2002. I am a passionate advocate for arts education.
I am a well established education writer and was for several years, a BBC Education Series Consultant and prolific Scriptwriter for schools. I also published several books for teachers on teaching across the curriculum using ‘Drama for Learning’ and have a particular interest in using Drama to teach Literacy. My writing and presentations about how and why drama works in relation to neuro-scientific research were described by the Time Educational Supplement in 2004, as ‘ground-breaking’. I continue to be very interested in this developing area.
I am invited to deliver drama courses in schools across the UK and abroad, as well as being an invited ‘Drama for Learning’ lecturer at several universities. In 2013, I was honored by being made a Cultural Leader for Brock University in Canada.