Standing on others’ shoulders

This post takes the form of notes from the Drama Teachers’ Group / MTL seminar on 5th October 2019   The seminar deconstructed posts on the Drama MTL blog site, to consider: • what they were saying; • how they were saying it; • whether these were examples that could be drawn on for participants’ own research […]

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Fighting Talk- Dr. Gill Brigg

‘Creating Human Spaces: Drama, Theatre and Education’. Birmingham City University. Saturday 16th June 2019 Dr. Gill Brigg is a Freelance theatre maker and Teacher at a special school in Ipswich. Alongside this she is a writer and director of White Peacock and Wave and a Drama Pedagogue for Scen:se. Here she blogs her response to […]

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Reflection on Human Spaces Conference- Paige Brookes and Heather Gooch

Creating Human Spaces: Drama, Theatre & Education Paige Brookes & Heather Gooch Paige and Heather have both recently completed their PGCE Secondary Drama at Birmingham City University. In this blog they are looking to share their experiences of attending the conference Paige:   So, let’s conclude our thoughts after experiencing the event ‘Creating Human Spaces’ […]

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Fearriculum: An analysis of pedagogical choice and change made by secondary level educators

Written By Lee Samuels Lee is a drama teacher currently working towards the completion of his Masters in Teaching and Learning at Birmingham City University. He is also a Director at the Leicester Amateur Operatic Society. Origin of Study ‘I didn’t sign up for this.’ This was the thought I had going through my head […]

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Human Spaces – some responses

At the Drama Teachers’ Group / MTL seminar (6th April 2019), we focused on Chris Bolton’s recent ‘Human Spaces’ research report.  The seminar invited general responses, before moving on to a consideration of its application to our own practice and what key messages we would choose to communicate from it.  General responses One teacher felt that it […]

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Drama and the new (draft) Ofsted framework

In the second part of the seminar on 2nd June, we considered the new (draft) Ofsted framework. The draft framework is available from We discussed: what is it saying? how does it affect our work? how do we understand it (and the assumptions behind it)? how can we incorporate statutory documents of this kind into our […]

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What makes for good writing on Drama and Education?

These ideas come from the Drama Teachers’ Group and MTL seminar, 2nd February 2019.  Further notes from the same session appear as a separate post. The previous seminar had focused on criticality.  It had included advice on the ‘5Cs to help your writing style’: Cite: keep the primary focus on the literature. Compare the various arguments, theories, methodologies, approaches […]

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