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National Drama also has developed Resources During Lockdown.

Like London Drama, National Drama has also developed support materials for Drama teachers during this lockdown period.
There is a page on their website at Resources and they have a Resources Folder for sahring resources at Resource Folder.
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Order in the Chaos
by Danielle Mackenzie

This new practical resource book by Danielle Mackenzie published by London Drama provides teachers with seven exciting units of work and materials designed for the GCSE Edexcel Drama Examintion, New Specification, helping to organise "Order" in all that potential "Chaos".

Published as a downloadable E-Book.

More info and download here

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The Challenge of Teaching Controversial Issues £18.99

The Challenge of Teaching Controversial Issues

The Challenge of Teaching Controversial Issues £18.99

It is eighteen years since an authoritative book appeared on teaching controversial issues. Today new and pressing issues, local and global, challenge our capacities as teachers. In England, the compulsory secondary citizenship curriculum and primary guidelines in the national curriculum have completely altered the educational context. How should we respond to children's questions about war or refugees? How can we teach children about democracy? Or about climate change?

Children urgently need to learn about controversy and democratic and rational approaches to managing conflict. But evidence from teachers indicates that while they believe teaching about controversial issues is crucial, they find it challenging. They want to understand their own role and be equipped with effective approaches to sensitive and complex issues. This timely book will do precisely this. International in its vision, relevant, practical, up to date, it spans preschool through to Higher Education.

Each chapter dissects the nature of a specific controversy and offers practical strategies for helping students work through possible solutions. Whether describing work with five year olds about war and peace, for instance, or exploring racism with university students in a mainly white environment in Canada, the authors draw on their own experience. The key dilemmas and suggested approaches, relevant for teachers in all educational settings, cover

  • educational policy and social justice
  • teaching young children about war and global conflict
  • using children's literature and drama to explore controversial issues
  • teaching about climate change and sustainability
  • teaching about controversial issues with post 16 pupils

The Challenge of Teaching Controversial Issues is for teachers and co-ordinators of Citizenship, PSHE, English, Drama and humanities subjects across the age ranges, primary and secondary heads, policy makers, inspectors, trainee teachers and tutors. It provides conceptual clarity and practical value to everyone concerned with teaching about controversy today and will be recommended reading on PGCE and undergraduate Education Studies courses.

Cathie Holden is Associate Professor at Exeter University and Hilary Claire is visiting lecturer at London Metropolitan University, Institute of Education and Islington SCITT affiliated to Roehampton University. Both are internationally known for their work on Citizenship Education. The contributors are all eminent academics and teachers from the UK and abroad working in diverse fields where the teaching of controversial issues is central.

The contents read like a user's guide through the minefield of difficult discussions teachers face every day ...a text that one will refer to throughout the course of teaching, as a way in to discussing specific issues, or the whole notion of controversy and different worldviews.


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Drama Techniques for Language Teachers Drama Techniques for Language Teachers (£19.50)
by Alan Maley and Alan Duff
Cambridge University Press
more info
Creating Democratic Citizenship Through Drama Education Creating Democratic Citizenship Through Drama Education (£20.99)
by Peter O'Connor (Editor)
Trentham Books
ISBN: 9781858564562
more info
Imagination in Teaching and Learning Imagination in Teaching and Learning (£27.50)
by Kieran Egan
Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415080057
more info

Coming up

Our free CPD events are being organised in partnership with National Drama via Eventbrite - access them here.

In addition, we have some resources to support you via our e-news at Resources and our home page centre panel features our latest free online event


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STEP is a borough-wide partnership linking the theatre community and education and youth sector in the London Borough of Southwark. STEP aims to equalise, extend and deepen the theatre and drama experience of all young people living in Southwark through the development of strategic partnerships between schools, youth and community groups and theatres and performing arts organisations. STEP's objective is to work closely with Southwark schools, youth and community groups and theatres and performing arts organisations to develop creative approaches to learning and provide innovative projects which stimulate children and young people's personal development and contribute to their educational attainment.
Find out more here.