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New Blog Post by A. E. Abbott

In this month’s ND Blog, A. E. Abbott talks about the importance of Drama as a core subject, addressing the transformative power of Drama-Based Pedagogy in education. Through the reflections of her former students, Abbott connects neuroscience and cognitive sciences to reveal the science behind the impact of drama on learning, empathy, resilience and social …

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Read the latest issue of our Drama magazine

The new issue covers a wealth of feature and articles for drama teachers and theatre educators. ND members should have received your copy in your mailbox now.

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National Drama actively supports the continuing excellence of university PGCE Courses

Context for this Statement The re-accreditation of PGCE courses in England poses a threat to the provision of specialist drama teachers. Here is a statement from SCITED – the Standing Committee of Initial Teacher Educators in Drama – about the current situation. Statement The Ofsted back-lash (Legal case; Inadequate) and industrial action provides context for the …

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National Drama’s Response to Ofqual’s Provisional Figures for Entries at GCSEs and A Levels 2023

Context for this Statement On 1 Jun 2023 Ofqual released their provisional figures regarding the number of entries for GCSE, AS and A-level qualifications in England. The data reveals a decline in enrolments for creative subjects, specifically witnessing a reduction of 7.4% for GCSE Drama and 6.7% for A-Level Drama. The following statement is issued …

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ND presenting at the House of Lords

Geoff Readman, Chair of ND, presenting at the House of Lords National Drama was invited to The House of Lords’ enquiry into Secondary Education on 11 May 2023 (Thursday). A paper presenting the case for Drama was prepared and can be downloaded here View the video recording of the enquiry here

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National Drama’s Response to the Arts in Schools Review

Context for this Statement A New Direction is a review of The Arts in Schools report marking the 40th anniversary of the Gulbenkian Foundation’s first publication. When The Arts in Schools report was published, it was extremely well received. Many local education authorities and their arts advisers adopted it as policy and conferences were organised for teachers, across …

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Young People and Their Teachers Talk about Why Drama Matters

“We really need to make theatre accessible to the next generation or it’ll become just an elitist thing.” – Jane Thornton

In this video created for the #SeizeTheDay Campaign, National Drama’s patron Jane Thornton talks about how Drama supports young people’s development, why it is important to support Drama and Theatre in schools, and what teachers and artists can do to raise the profile of Drama in schools. The video is developed with National Drama and …

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