Throughout this year, Juliet and me have been working as part of a group of drama workers on Performing Pedagogies, a teacher CPDL programme to support and develop the use of drama for writing in primary schools. The project is being jointly led by the RSA and Arts Connect with funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. We hear almost every day that participation in one of The Play House’s Language Alive programmes has a significant impact on the quality of writing children produce, so it’s been great to be able to share our practice more widely.
The project has involved teachers and drama workers participating in a series of training days and planning sessions to exchange practice. This term, we will be visiting schools to co-deliver and team teach in the planned scheme of lessons. The class teachers have each chosen a research question to explore as part of their CPDL.
The project will culminate in a performance in the summer term where pupils will visit The REP and see their writing brought to life by professional actors. The academic research will contribute to the debate around the effectiveness of the creative arts in education.
If you’d like to know more about the project or discuss how we can deliver CPDL in your school, please get in touch on: 0121 265 4425.