Drama CPD and INSET

Bring (even more) creativity and active learning into your school curriculum! David Farmer delivers bespoke Drama INSET days and twilight CPD sessions in schools across the UK. These are suitable for teachers and teaching assistants with a focus on cross-curricular strategies or specific topics.

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Below you can you read about some example CPD topics as well as testimonials from some of our many happy clients.

Drama in the Primary Curriculum

The focus is on the use of drama strategies to create interactive learning opportunities across the revised primary curriculum, including literacy, history and science. Approaches used include still images, role-play, hot-seating, ten-second objects, thought-tracking and more. An opportunity can be given for staff to discuss and try out approaches linked to their current or upcoming topics and themes.

Drama for Improving Literacy

The course focuses on inspirational games and strategies for improving writing, speaking and listening skills. These engaging activities involve every child in the creative process and include lively word and storytelling games and collaborative activities for developing locations, characters, genres and situations through simple drama structures.

Teaching Shakespeare

We outline a practical approach for teaching Shakespeare to children and young people from key stage 2 upwards. We offer a range of enjoyable and accessible drama games and strategies that will quickly get students involved in the world of the play, exploring character, language and staging ideas through practical methods. A range of script extracts are used to demonstrate how the approaches can be used with any of Shakespeare’s plays.

Directing Plays with Children

This stimulating course is suitable for anyone who wants to learn about directing plays with children and young people or is looking for new ideas and guidance. Author and director David Farmer outlines a creative approach to directing. He explores how drama games can be used to develop characters, extend acting skills and create imaginative stagings of scenes.

Thanks so much for giving us a real lift of energy and excitement about teaching on a cold and dreary January evening! I am so excited to try out Whoosh! today and 1,2,3 and am already planning next week’s lessons with the Imaginarium and many others!

Ellen Savill

Assistant Head of Pre-Prep, Dulwich Preparatory School, London (January 2017)

David spent the day at our school with a focus on Drama across the Curriculum within the EYFS and Key Stage 1. The day was filled with practical activities. We hardly sat down! David ensured we had the theory to back up the practical by providing appropriate links. My staff left with an abundance of activities to draw upon and had a renewed energy to take back into their classroom. I would highly recommend a day with David!

Geraldine Dunkerley

Headteacher, Darwin Teaching School Alliance, Shrewsbury (March 2016)

The INSET day was pitched just right (levels, ideas and timing) for us. There were lots of practical fun ideas for all sorts of lessons. They were easy to remember; easy to build into lessons and worthwhile.

Adrian Downie

Director of Studies, Ashfold School, Buckinghamshire (September 2012)

David says: “I recently ran a whole-day INSET training course for teachers and teaching assistants at a Primary School in London. I delivered the session to 25 participants and we began by looking at how and why drama can be used to teach across the curriculum, following on with some fun drama games. I demonstrated a range of drama strategies based on an Evacuees lesson, including the technique of Open and Close which went down a storm.”

“After lunch we used traditional stories as a way of looking at role play. Teacher in Role proved to be easier than some teachers may think! We explored how paintings and photographs of people can be used as a way into improvisation and still images can be used for exploring stories for younger children.”

Thank you so much for delivering an exciting, productive and valuable series of workshops.

Michael Clack

Headmaster, Oporto British School, Portugal (April 2012)

  • I liked the fact that the ideas could be used across the curriculum.
  • Really enjoyable, made using drama seem like a fantastic way to support and enhance learning.
  • The various practical ideas were amazing! I will be using them over the next few terms in my planning and teaching.
  • You have de-mystified drama for everyone.
  • Really good fun – and a chance to see colleagues in a new light.
Teaching Staff

St John's Primary School, Bethnal Green, London (January 2012)

Your twilight INSET more than fulfilled expectations. Staff were intrigued and engaged throughout. The calm purposeful atmosphere which you created was empowering and a teacher who maintained that she would only ever watch from the sidelines was found participating in a physical piece of drama in front of an audience. Miracles can happen! From Primary specialists to Secondary teachers of Classics, Modern Languages and Music (teachers whose pupils ranged in age from 6 to 18) – everybody found something to take away and think about.

Bridget Ogley

Saint Augustine's Priory, Ealing, London (June 2013)

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