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
A new group of Norfolk schools will be starting Drama for Thought, Talk and Writing in Spring Term 2016. We will using Drama to explore East Anglian legends together. I will be working with the theatre director and playwright, Rob John.
We will be working with ‘The Ridge Schools’ in North Norfolk, starting with a joint training day for the teachers on January 4th 2016. During the term, we will go into each school and work alongside the teachers with their classes. The teachers will also be given support and resources, to develop their own lessons based on other local legends.
Towards the end of term, the children and teachers will come together to consider the impact and share the outcomes.
The Drama and Art Academy in Istanbul are holding a drama conference for teachers in March 2016, entitled Drama as a Teaching Method and I am delighted to have been asked to give a speech and also a workshop of 1.5 days duration.
It will be great to be working in Turkey again. I have already led workshops in several cities in Turkey, including Ankara, Sanliurfa, Eskisehir, Trabzon and Adana.
I expect to be back in Turkey again in July 2016, for the International Drama Theatre and Education Association (IDEA) World Congress in Ankara . I was President of IDEA from 2010 – 2013.
I have worked alongside pairs of teachers in 7 schools (Cambridgeshire and Norfolk) this term, as part of a CPD/School Improvement project. The schools are using drama strategies to stimulate, support and develop different types of thinking, prior to asking children to write for different purposes and audiences. The writing happens in the Drama and influences its development. Phase 1 of the project is being evaluated with the teachers together, later this month.