Your chance to help change BBC Bitesize Drama GCSE.

I love BBC Bitesize. I love everything about it. It is easily accessible by every student. It explains key terminology, key concepts and key skills in a clear, concise and comprehensive way. It is also free. It crosses all boundaries in terms of ability and inequality. As such, I use it all the time and I think the Drama pages for GCSE in particular, are … Continue reading Your chance to help change BBC Bitesize Drama GCSE.

Conscience Alley

Conscience Alley is a Drama tool that has been around for quite a long time. I suspect that it comes from Brain Way or Dorothy Heathcote and it is something that I have always associated with ‘process drama’. Drama as a pedagogy rather than Drama as a subject. It wouldn’t look out of place in a History lesson for example. Its structure is loose, which … Continue reading Conscience Alley

Strategies for the GCSE Options Process

I’m pretty sure that I don’t speak for myself when I share with you my dread of the options process every Spring. Each passing year seems to get more and more stressful. Every year the number of students needs to make a group viable seems to increase whilst at the same time every year there has been a decline in students taking Drama. Every year … Continue reading Strategies for the GCSE Options Process

Do you use books in Key Stage 3 Drama?

A few weeks ago I put a poll on Twitter asking a simple question. Do you use books in Key Stage 3 Drama? I asked this question because it seems to be a divisive issue that people feel passionate about for varying reasons. Reasons range from books being an important part of Key Stage 3 for recording students responses or feedback to books having no … Continue reading Do you use books in Key Stage 3 Drama?

My 2019 Music and Drama Education Expo Preview.

Music and Drama Education Expo, Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th March 2019, London Olympia. Having spoken at the London Music and Drama Education Expo every year for the last three years, I’ve had a long and lovely relationship with them. It is a fantastic Expo and if you have the opportunity to attend it really is well worth it. The range and depth of CPD … Continue reading My 2019 Music and Drama Education Expo Preview.

5 Foundations of Building Character

his week something unusual happened. Something that hasn’t happened for a long time. Not since the early to mid 2000’s, which is over 10 years now! I first found out about it via twitter in a tweet which I think most of you will have seen by now. At first I was dubious. I had to pinch myself. Some good news that involves Drama in British Schools in a favorable and positive light! Continue reading 5 Foundations of Building Character