Research Update: How does Drama impact the lives of young people?

We love Drama. We love teaching Drama. We know that learning about and taking part in Drama is very important. Drama equips people with the skills they need to make a success of themselves. This is why you are here. This is what drives us to do what we do. This is our motivation every morning when we arrive at school. It is what keeps us going through our working day.

We know that it isn’t all about Drama either. It isn’t only about the GCSE group, the school musical or the Year 7 Improvisation Club. The skills and experiences students get in Drama help them to achieve across the whole school and beyond.

We know that this is why there is an important, valuable and necessary place for Drama in schools.

I am completing some research into the relationship between Drama and other subjects. I want to do this to help highlight the value of Drama to a young persons education. To highlight that there is a relationship between doing Drama and success in other subjects.

There are two ways that you can get involved and help;

Student Survey on how Drama has helped them.

The purpose of this survey is to find out what the student perception is about the kind of impact Drama has on them and their education. It doesn’t matter what kind of experience of Drama they have. They could have taken it for GCSE, BTEC or as an extra-curricular activity. It could be in school or out of school.

The survey asks about their experiences with Drama, how it has helped them in the other subjects they’ve studied and other ways it has helped them.

The survey is completely anonymous. Students will not give their name or contact details.

If you want to find out any more about this survey, then please go to this website: Research Project: How has Drama helped you? A student survey

Data for English GCSE Pass Rates

An area of particular interest is the link between taking GCSE Drama and GCSE English.

In GCSE Drama students develop skills about how to explore a character; their background, their motivations and their relationships. Students consider the use of language, structure and techniques the author uses in their writing. Students also develop their own personal response and interpretation of the characters, plots and themes.

There is a huge cross over between these skills develop and employed in GCSE Drama to those required and engaged in GCSE English. As such, I hypothesize that those students who take GCSE Drama will achieve a better grade at GCSE English when compared to those who don’t.

To look a little bit further into this link I need 4 pieces of data from schools.

  1. The average grade for students who took both GCSE Drama and GCSE English Literature.
  2. The average grade for students who took GCSE English Literature without GCSE Drama.
  3. The average grade for students who took both GCSE Drama and GCSE English Language.
  4. The average grade for students who took GCSE English Language without GCSE Drama.

Most schools will produce their results in a spreadsheet. On that spreadsheet you should be able to use the sort and filter functions to to select the right students and calculate the average grade from. 

If you want to find out any more about this research and how to contribute your data anonymously, then please go to this website: Research Project: Establishing a link between GCSE Drama and achievement in GCSE English