I was elected Chair of National Drama in November 2014, succeeding Patrice Baldwin. I am currently teaching Drama at a co-ed Academy and exploring best practice for integrating young people with Autism into a mainstream setting. My previous roles include Head of Drama at a secondary girls’ school; Head of Music and Arts for a local authority; Education Consultant for the Rose Theatre, Kingston. I was also awarded the status of Advanced Skills Teacher of Drama, a role which took me into a wide range of settings, across all age groups. I represent National Drama on panels such as IDEA Europe, CFSA (Council for Subject Associations) and CLA (Cultural Learning Alliance). I have been a member of National Drama for more than 10 years, holding Executive posts such as Secretary and Membership Secretary, prior to becoming the Chair.
I am primary teacher, drama facilitator, PhD researcher and secretary at National Drama. Wearing all these hats I have realised how beneficial and handy the skill of drama is for an educator. My doctoral research focuses on vocabulary acquisition through drama and the latter has been proved as one of the most creative, enjoyable and efficient way of learning a language. I consider drama not only as art but also as a teaching medium ready to satisfy every learner’s expectations.
I have a lot of experience as a Drama teacher having worked as a class teacher in both Primary and Secondary Schools, as Head of Drama, Advisory Drama Teacher and as Leader of a TiE Team. Currently I edit Drama Magazine and Drama Research and am Treasurer but I am also Co-ordinator of London Drama and a Trustee of Southwark Theatres Education Partnership (STEP) and Blue Elephant Theatre in Camberwell.
I am currently Assistant Leader in Learning for the Creative Arts Faculty at Clarendon Academy, a secondary school in Trowbridge in Wiltshire. I teach Drama to students in Key Stages 3,4 and 5. I also run a local youth theatre, Trowbridge Youth Company, and act on the advisory board for Trowbridge Arts. Until recently I was Teacher in Residence at Salisbury Playhouse and I have had several plays for young people published.
I am a founder member of National Drama and have been involved for its whole 26 years. I was the first ever membership secretary and have also held the positions of Publicity and Marketing, Conference/Short Course Organiser, Special Needs Officer and, currently, Subscriptions Officer. I have been a secondary drama teacher, a SENCO/Inclusion Manager in primary schools in London and an SEN tutor. I set up and ran my own children’s theatre for 8 years and have always believed in the power of theatre as well as drama.
I have years of experience teaching Drama in Peterborough and Sheffield, in teaching pastoral and leadership roles around the arts and community, delivering drama in primary schools and creating networks between cultural organisations and schools that enriched student engagement. I studied at Bretton Hall, have a PGCSE from Homerton, AST certification, a Masters from Central and a NCSL qualification. I love teaching and learning and believe drama in schools should be an entitlement for all, as well as a respected, creative and challenging option for KS4 and beyond. I have been a member of National Drama for years. I am currently a Drama teacher in a Barnsley school, teaching Y7 – 13, doing what I can to challenge the Ebacc and champion Drama in schools.
I completed my Drama PGCE at the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2000. Since then I have worked in both the state and private sector teaching Drama to all ages from 11 -18. Since 2005 I have worked at Kingswood School in Bath where I became Head of Drama in 2012. I believe passionately in the access to Drama education for all children and young people and try to work with as many colleagues from other schools as I can. Drama is an extremely beneficial tool through which children learn valuable transferable skills which set them up for life.