Northwest Drama aims to offer the highest quality drama provision to all schools; drama that inspires learning and drives forward the creative curriculum. As such we aim to become the region’s foremost provider of quality drama provision.
We aim to enable all staff to feel knowledgeable, experienced and courageous enough to develop their own "adventures in drama", and to strive towards regularly creating dynamic, compelling learning experiences for their pupils.
The development of the drama approach in primary schools is a key priority for us. Our work with primary teachers and pupils has repeatedly demonstrated the richness and power of learning experiences delivered using drama.
The development of a supportive network of CPD and skill sharing at secondary level is also very important to us. We want to help drama departments and teachers raise the bar and increase the quality of drama and performing arts through compelling collaboration, network hosting and CPD.
Why do drama?
We passionately believe in the power of drama to affect and engage pupils, extending and building on our innate ability and inclination to explore the world through play. The effective drama process requires participants to act, enact, interact, direct, manage, review and evaluate; key problem solving skills.
Drama has numerous and wide reaching applications. Below are just some such uses:
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Drama has its own history and body of work, much of which has a unique and important place in our cultural life. In common with all subjects, it requires specific skills, knowledge and understanding which are progressively taught and assessed across the key stages. Three inter-related activities characterise the subject of drama at all levels: making, performing and responding.
Arts Council England, 2003 pg 6
Drama in Schools 2nd Edition
"In the end I think theatre has only one subject: justice."