Drama in Primary and Key Stage 3
Having identified sector concern over the decline in drama in primary and Key Stage 3 education, we have launched a consultation with member associations, teachers and sector bodies to develop teaching and training resources, and to support our advocacy for the subject, in the hope we can use our voice to improve the status of drama in schools, and support teachers and schools as they incorporate it into their curriculum.
By consulting with teachers, sector organisations and leading stakeholders we can better understand the practice of teaching drama and the obstacles and opportunities faced by teachers. Only then can we attempt to address them. Our current plan includes:
Consultation with primary teachers, January 2021
Consultation with sector organisations, February 2021
Consultation with Key Stage 3 drama teachers, March 2021
Continued discussion with teachers, invited partners and member associations from April onwards as we develop our findings.
The DTEA recognises there has been an alarming decline in the teaching of drama throughout the school system over many decades, particularly in key stages 1-3. There are many reasons for this, but we believe COVID-19 has presented an opportunity to reset the balance of creativity within education and we want to use this to raise the status of drama within the curriculum.
As an alliance of over a dozen national associations working in drama and theatre with, for and by children and young people, many of us have been working to address the issue for many years. It is not new, but the pandemic has shon a fresh spotlight on the issue and a possible opportunity to improve the situation. Our goal is to work with a broad network of teachers, drama and theatre organisations, and the wider education and creative sectors to improve the quality and quantity of drama and creative arts teaching, to further support the future of the creative industries.
The Primary Consultation
On 26th January we met with primary teachers via Zoom, along with primary drama specialists, association members and teaching network partners. We raised various issues which generated an engaged and open discussion.
Topics covered included:
What are the obstacles to teaching drama
Challenges and obsticles
Accessing professional theatre
Models of best practice
What can the DTEA do to support teachers/schools?
Participation in Artsmark, Arts Award, etc
Read the full consultation notes here.
Specialist Primary CPD - National Drama
Our colleagues at National Drama have developed some exceptional CPD opportunities for teachers working in Primary schools, key stages 1-2.