The Play House has worked with a number of schools using drama and storytelling to support children with English as an Additional Language, and has applied this methodology to support young people with other language development needs, such as language delay.

This work has been delivered in primary, secondary and special schools across Birmingham.

In each school a drama practitioner works with  small groups of children or young people (normally between 10-15) and the same teacher or EAL teaching assistant in a discreet space. The sessions use different techniques to explore well known and traditional stories, or sometimes to help them develop their own.

Projects also demonstrate appropriate techniques for the teacher or EAL teaching assistant to adapt and use in their teaching and involves them in planning the content of the sessions.


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