July 1st 2017: Drama and Education


Big Brum TIE and the BCU Drama MTL are holding a joint event on 1st July 2017 from 10am to 3pm, looking at Drama and Education.
Please note the date in your diaries.
The venue, to be confirmed, will probably be Sheldon Heath Community Centre (the new home of Big Brum).
You will remember that there was a similar event at mac Birmingham last year where MTL students presented work and Drama teachers and practitioners had a space to discuss their practice together.
This time the event will be on a slightly larger scale, and will include not only MTL student presentations, a hands-on session with Big Brum, plus open spaces for reflection and discussion.
The event will also be an opportunity for those who are curious about the work of the Drama Teachers group and the MTL, and perhaps interested in getting involved in future, to find out more.
There are a number of pieces from last year’s event on the MTL blog including this personal response from Chris Bolton: https://dramamtl.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/initial-response-becoming-somebody-different/
Among those who have already confirmed their presentations (in the form of mini-workshops) are:
  • Orlagh Russell – Divergent and Convergent Thinking in KS3 students
  • Lee Samuels – Case study of LGB teachers in the Midlands
  • Kristal Watkins – How teacher-in-role can affect engagement
  • Stacy Brown – “Assessment assessed”
We look forward to hearing more about the plans to share work from other group members and MTL students.
For those currently undertaking the MTL, the following sets out a timeline for dissemination and sharing:
  1. Sharing work at the July 1st event.  Work can also be shared at other events, such as departmental meetings. Evidence of dissemination (such as slides) can be attached to your assignment as an appendix.
  2. Submission of assignment by 2nd October
  3. Sharing assignment on MTL blog.  This could be the full assignment, or an article that shares its key features and findings, especially those that would be of value to follow-professionals.  The blog can also be used to share work in progress or as a sounding board for ideas.  Please remember that, although all comments are moderated, it is openly accessible.
The following are some of the sources mentioned at last night’s Drama Teachers/MTL meeting that may be of value to others:

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    Sheldon Heath Community Centre, Sheldon Heath Rd, Birmingham B26 2RU

    • Sheldon Heath Community Centre is just off the main A45 Coventry Road in Birmingham. There is a small car park on site.
    • Nearest Trains: Marston Green (30 minute walk, or 13 mins via Number 72 bus) or Lea Hall (25 minute walk)
    • Nearest buses from city centre: 72, 73 or X2


  2. Many of you should now have received an invitation to the event on July 1st: Act 2 of ‘Becoming Somebody Different’

    However, by way of belt and braces, here is the link for bookings:

    We will have to make a small charge of between £10 and £15 to cover refreshments and other costs. This will be payable on the day. If you are presenting at the event, then the charge does not apply.

    Please contact Ben Ballin or Chris Bolton if you have any queries, or leave a comment here


  3. Other presentations now confirmed:
    • Big Brum TIE – Macbeth, Fleance and the nature of Drama
    • People and Organisation – making the case for theatre visits to schools
    • Joe Berwick – Department in role and its impact on pupil engagement
    • Katie Baskeyfield – Using True Stories in Drama

    Don’t forget to book on via Eventbrite!


  4. Thanks to all those who came, and especially those who presented or led workshops. Write-ups from the event will appear on the blog soon, but in the meantime, please do feel free to add any comments here.


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