After actor training, I became a primary school teacher. It was during this time that I became particularly engaged with drama for learning, and was fascinated by the way in which engagement transformed learning. My work in this area is underpinned by my interest and developing practice in:
Using 'teacher and pupil in role'
Mantle of the expert (including advanced practice training)
Delivery of the curriculum through narrative contexts
I have considerable experience of working directly with pupils across Early Years, KS1 and 2, and have also worked with KS3 and 4 pupils, including the following recent projects:
I regularly deliver CPD for teacher and schools around embedding the use of drama in teaching, including the following recent
ANANSI THE STORY THIEF
A 7 week drama for writing project with Year 3 at Medlock Primary School, culminating in a performance using gigant puppets and masks
THE EYAM PLAGUE
A dramatic inquiry drama project with Year 3 and 4 at Broadhurst Primary School, exploring the story of the Derbyshire village of Eyam in 1665; pupils went in to role as heritage experts to discover "What makes a historical site important to us today?" using 'mantle of the expert' techniques.
USING TEACHER IN ROLE An introductory session for teachers wishing to use 'teacher and pupil in role' techniques in their classroom, developed and delivered for Ladybarn Primary School and Leigh St Peter's CE Primary School.
ART AND DRAMA FOR WRITING A session for teachers who already use some simple drama techniques in their classroom, but are ready to develop more advanced practice using paintings and art to stimulate drama and writing. Developed for St Augustine's CE Primary School.
NORTH WEST DRAMA
As well as my freelance work, I run North West Drama, founded by my much missed friend and colleague John Doona, to develop the provision of high quality drama in schools across the North West. Our work in schools has burgeoned over the last 6 years, and our flagship project the 'Children's Shakespeare Festivals' currently works with 75 schools across the North West. You can find out much more by visiting northwestdramaservices.co.uk.
For North West Drama and Peoplescape Theatre, I deliver "Speech Bubbles" in schools in manchester and Salford. Speech Bubbles is a targeted, evidence-based, year long intervention for children in Key Stage 1 with an identified speech and language need. Over 24 weeks, the programme develops speaking, listening and attention skills, as well as enhancing the skills of school staff to run small group creative work.
Find out more about Speech Bubbles here .