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National Drama's Primary Initiative

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National Drama has now successfully launched its campaign for Drama in Primary Schools by a series of Drama CPD courses for interested teachers in Primary Schools. There have been five CPD events so far.
Next session is on Wednesday 11th March 1.15-4.30pm at Elms Bank College Hub, Bury Old Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1JH.
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Fee: Only £30! Booking at Primary CPD.

New book by National Drama Member, Annie McKean

Playing for Time Theatre Company

Annie McKean, long standing ND Member, has published a new book: Playing For Time Theatre Company: Perspectives From the Prison. Annie is offering  a special discount price of £38 inc. p&p  to  National Drama Members and anyone who has accessed this offer on our website. To claim discount contact Annie at

Drama Magazine Vol 26.1
The latest issue of Drama magazine is published now. For more information about joining National Drama to receive it free with your membership go to ND Membership or to take out a paid for subscription go to Drama Magazine.

National Drama’s Position Paper Covid19 here.
At this difficult time we know that drama teachers will welcome lots of Resources.
Our Resources Folder is at
National Drama Resources Folder.
More Resources on our Resources Page and at Resources in Lockdown.
Our e-newsletters contain even more resources for you as below and at e-newsletter resources
National Drama

Here to help in the months ahead

A message from the Chair

We are here to help.

One Forum, Many Voices.

Together we will get through this difficult time.

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Hi Colleagues!

As drama and theatre educators, we teach about being resourceful, resilient, empathetic, creative, practical, critical thinkers and problem solvers. We learn by doing.

That said, many of us are struggling with the very sudden departure of some of our students, many of whom we are unlikely to see again. And we share the uncertainties of how our profession will operate under the current circumstances. How do we self isolate and also work in our schools? How do we manage work levels when we are expected to continue setting lessons and monitoring progress, at the same time as looking after our own personal responsibilites?  Alongside our theatre industry colleagues, we are all in a muddle about what to do.


Your colleagues within National Drama understand the challenges you face and we are here to help.

We have begun to gather resources to alleviate some of your pressures on lesson planning and other school matters, and we will continue to add to this bank. We are inviting members and friends to help with this so we can all contribute. Have you got a research pack, handout, plan or quiz that would help a colleague? Join in and share work you are developing for your learners. We are also hosting competitions and running projects which we hope will motivate your students to engage creatively. If you have brilliant ideas please do get in
We have proposed some ideas to our Patrons and they are also very keen to be involved.

As we settle into a new way of living and working, let’s focus on asserting our creativity. Let’s inspire our young people, and each other, so that we all have something to celebrate during, and after, this crisis.

RESOURCES and LINKS to assist with distance learning.

Keep your distance – ‘Play A-Part’

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This is not an exhaustive list and we will keep updating.

Please quality assure BEFORE sharing with your students.

Play A-Part

Play A-Part – games, vocal exercises, improvs, tongue twisters, especially for playing apart, whilst in the same space (with more to come).

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Theatre Resources for Isolation

Theatre Resources for Isolation – lots of links to online resources complied by Ollie Jones from University of York.

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Prospero Digital

Prospero Digital –  an online platform that enables you to plan, author and share creative interactive learning resources.

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Get into Theatre

Get into Theatre – make sure all your students register so they can learn about access routes into the industry and see creatives at work.

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Burts Drama

Burts Drama for online learning – lots of accessible ideas for lessons.

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Splendid Productions

Splendid Productions extends access to its collection of filmed performances available to stream online at FREE to those who bought DVDS. Other offers available. 

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National Theatre

The new National Theatre Collection makes the best of British Theatre available worldwide to libraries, schools, universities and the wider education sector. Their unique collection presents high quality recordings of world-class productions, giving you the best seats in the house whenever you want.

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A collection of links to fabulous live theatre experiences, compiled by Liz Segal.

PLEASE vet for age appropriateness.

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Globe Player

FREE content from MyGlobePlayer

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The Council for Subject Associations

We met, via ‘gotomymeeting’, with our colleagues in the CfSA to share ideas and forge collaborations that will assist our educational community, from students to teachers and all those who are at home struggling to keep their children and young people engaged. There is a wealth of expertise in the CfSA and we are all here to help.

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Do send ideas for drama teaching and learning, and we will aim to collate everything and keep updating. And DO ask us for help.

SPECIAL REQUEST: If you are a UK School or Organisation Member ALL your Drama colleagues are part of your membership. Please supply us with the names and emails of any colleagues in your organisation who would also like to receive these emails as part of your membership. Just click Add Members. We want to ensure EVERYONE gets these newsletters directly.

I truly feel we are moving into a period of immense creativity.

Let’s practise what we teach. Be resourceful; share ideas; encourage others; use our imaginations and CREATE, CREATE, CREATE.

We wish you and your families the best of health.

Aine Lark FRSA

Chair of National Drama

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About National Drama

National Drama, the UK’s leading professional association for drama teachers and theatre educators, is dedicated to ensuring that all children and young people have the opportunity to learn about and through drama.

Learning through drama is a natural human process – our brains are ‘wired’ for it.  We recognise it as a powerful pedagogy and a creative process that provides a compelling means of exploration, expression and making meaning. Through it we learn what it is to be a human being.

National Drama is dedicated to the development, promotion and support of Drama and Theatre both in the UK and Internationally. We are an open and inclusive organisation – One Forum: Many Voices – and we positively welcome as members all those who are interested in drama and theatre in learning contexts whether in the UK or beyond: see our Membership page.

We believe that teachers need to be learning themselves, practically and theoretically – and this is why National Drama arranges high quality Drama and Theatre Conferences and Events and Publications to support Drama practice. Visit our CPD site at ND CPD; our Magazine site at Drama Magazine; our Research Journal at Drama Research and our Shop site at ND Shop for other publications and back numbers of past issues of Drama magazine.

If you are interested in the same things then why not join us at Join ND? We would love to have you on board!

National Drama is a charity, registration number 1173215.

Resources During Lockdown

If you have any useful lesson plans, video clips, power points, links to websites etc. that you can share with other Drama teachers please drop them in our Resources Folder at ND Resources Folder.
Meanwhile, take care and keep safe!

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