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Using Drama against Bullying

This course, led by Patrice Baldwin, explains how Drama can be used to help children take action against bullying.
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Drama can be used to enable whole classes to explore and consider anti-social and oppressive behaviours together, (such as bullying), in a safely distanced way. This course will explain how teachers can set up drama protocols and use drama strategies (and some Forum Theatre), to enable children to actively explore the thoughts, feelings and possible actions of bystanders, in ways that can lead to positive outcomes. A drama lesson will be presented ‘step by step’, which is based on a poem about bullying.


  • Learn about the importance of a ‘Drama Contract’ and how to negotiate one;
  • Learn some basic techniques, associated with Forum Theatre;
  • Follow a lesson ‘step by step’, in which drama strategies are used to support inter-thinking towards action and positive outcomes;


  • A Drama Unit based on The Bystander;
  • An additional ‘anti-bullying’ drama lesson;
  • A copy of the poem;
  • Drama Strategies booklet;
  • Drama Contract;
  • The PowerPoint (as a PDF)


£25 for 1 teacher ; £15 for each additional teacher (from the same school)

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 and Pie Corbett worked together termly over several years, developing Drama and Talk for Writing at their termly conferences.

‘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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09 Nov 2021


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm




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