History of Drama in Education Part 6: Differences, arguments and existential crises.

There have been a lot of developments in education in the last 10 years, especially at Key Stage 3 and within the National Curriculum. Changes which have a massive knock on effect on Drama. Yet regardless of how vigorous, reasoned, or passionate any argument from the Drama Teaching establishment was, all protests fell on deaf ears. A harsh reality needs to be remembered here. From the very moment Drama was left out of the National Curriculum, there has been no reason for the Government to include Drama in any of its plans. Continue reading History of Drama in Education Part 6: Differences, arguments and existential crises.

History of Drama in Education Part 5: Process Drama

In his 1997 book, The GCSE Drama Coursebook, Andy Kempe writes about the excellent health of Drama. He estimates that about 70,000 young people were choosing to take GCSE Drama by the late 1990’s. Drama appeared to be booming 10 years into the National Curriculum. Ten years after it appeared and feared that Drama lost forever. Continue reading History of Drama in Education Part 5: Process Drama

History of Drama in Education Part 4: Mantle of the Expert and the National Curriculum

This is part four of a series of articles chronicling the history of Drama and Theatre in Education. It is important. It is important to understand where the subject of Drama has come from. What baggage it comes with. How perceptions of the subject have changed over the years. How that baggage and perceptions effect the subject today. Continue reading History of Drama in Education Part 4: Mantle of the Expert and the National Curriculum

History of Drama in Education Part 3: Drama and the Tripartite System

This is part three of a series of articles chronicling the history of Drama and Theatre in Education. It is important. It is important to understand where the subject of Drama has come from. What baggage it comes with. How perceptions of the subject have changed over the years. How that baggage and perceptions effect the subject today. If you missed part one you can … Continue reading History of Drama in Education Part 3: Drama and the Tripartite System

History of Drama in Education Part 2: Peter Slade & Child Drama

This is part two of a series of articles chronicling the history of Drama and Theatre in Education. It is important. It is important to understand where the subject of Drama has come from. What baggage it comes with. How perceptions of the subject have changed over the years. How that baggage and perceptions effect the subject today. Continue reading History of Drama in Education Part 2: Peter Slade & Child Drama