Thanks to funding from the Paul Hamlyn Teacher Development Fund London South TSA and Shakespeare’s Globe are collaborating to train teachers and leaders in seven Southwark primary schools to incorporate drama techniques into their classroom practice.
The project will see Year 1 and Year 3 teachers from each school take part in professional development led by actors. Actors will work alongside teachers in their classrooms, using dramatic storytelling techniques to teach four Shakespearean plays. The second year of the project will see the same teachers embed their learning into their school’s curriculum, leading their own professional development sessions for staff and re-writing a unit of work to incorporate new techniques.
All the School’s a Stage uses Shakespeare’s iconic stories to provide primary teachers with the skills and confidence to incorporate practical, arts-based approaches to literacy into their classroom practice. The model for this project is based on research from Joyce and Showers (2002), which confirmed that CPD alone cannot radically change and improve teachers’ practice. A combination of training, expert modelling, in-class support, coaching and mentoring, team teaching and focussed feedback from a supportive peer eventually leading to independent delivery, has the highest return on improving teaching and learning.