Getting Started with ‘Drama for Learning’ – the basics - NATIONAL DRAMA

Getting Started with ‘Drama for Learning’ – the basics

This 2 session course (led by Patrice Baldwin), is for primary teachers, new to ‘Drama for Learning’. First session Wednesday 29th September; 2nd session: 13th October 4-5.30pm.
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‘Drama for Learning’ will be defined at the outset and you will receive guidance on how to set about agreeing a ‘Drama Contract’ with your class. Twelve important drama strategies will then be explained, which can used individually in any lesson, or used sequentially to develop a ‘Drama for Learning’ lesson. A drama lesson plan will be presented, one step at a time, with various learning opportunities identified. The changing roles and functions of the teacher during a drama lesson, will also be explained, (including Teacher-in-Role).


  • A Drama Contract
  • A Drama Strategies booklet
  • A copy of the Powerpoint (as a PDF)
  • Two KS1 and KS2 lesson plans
  • Two relevant published articles.

TOTAL COST: £50 for 1 teacher; £30 for each additional teacher (from the same school). Fee covers two sessions: first session on Wednesday 29th September 4-5.30pm; second session (where teachers may want to share their experiences of trying out Drama activities in first session) is on Wednesday 13th October 4-5.30pm.

Individual teachers may book places on this course, (which is hosted by National Drama).

If schools (or groups of schools), wish to host this course themselves (online or on site), please contact

Bespoke packages of additional advice and support can be arranged for schools. Please contact


Patrice Baldwin was a primary headteacher, School Improvement and Art Education Adviser and Ofsted inspector. She was Sir Jim Rose’s Drama Editorial Expert for his proposed primary curriculum.

Patrice has given keynotes and led workshops in 35+ countries and was President of the International Drama Theatre and Education Association (2010-13) and Chair of National Drama for more than a decade (until 2015). She created and directed ‘Drama for Learning and Creativity’ (D4LC), an internationally acclaimed school improvement initiative.

Patrice is a published educational author and has been a BBC Education scriptwriter and series consultant (TV and Radio). She now works freelance.


‘Patrice Baldwin is a rarity. She is one of the few primary drama experts left in this country and quite possibly the most experienced and effective drama primary teacher. Teachers on her courses, come away feeling more confident and with a broader repertoire. Her work is excellent!’ 

Pie Corbett

Absolutely brilliant! Patrice’s course opened doors for colleagues which they would not have believed possible. In everything she does, she walks delegates through the materials, and discusses the impact this has on children’s learning. She uses drama conventions to create opportunities for pupils to secure their learning in new and deeper ways. 

Mary Myatt

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29 Sep 2021


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm




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