Using Drama Strategies with Picture Books for PSHE - NATIONAL DRAMA

Using Drama Strategies with Picture Books for PSHE

Patrice Baldwin will explain how to use drama contexts and strategies to support the teaching of PSHE
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Picture books are commonly used for teaching PSHE in primary schools. They usually contain fictional stories but Drama helps children actively and reflectively enter the story together and can strengthen the PSHE focus, making the associated learning deeper and more memorable. This course will explain some necessary drama protocols and offer some drama strategies, with direct reference to their contribution to PSHE. A KS1 lesson (The Saddest King) and a KS2 lesson (The Island), will be explained ‘step by step’ and teachers will learn how a PSHE focussed drama lesson can be structured in ways that enable children to enter and explore stories, images and situations together, (in and out of role).


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


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

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


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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23 Nov 2021


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm




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