Drama, Drama Everywhere!


Target GroupKS2 Teachers


05 October 2017
Price: £ 216.00
Venue: Future Inn, Hemmingway Road, Cardiff Bay. CF10 4AU
Time: 8:30 for 9am start
Cost of course £180 plus VAT


How can we use drama as a tool for engaging and motivating learners as well we improving creativity in our classroom and the development of literacy skills? This practical development day will demonstrate how this can be achieved both in English and LLC and across the curriculum. We will explore:

Course Objectives:
  • how to engage and motivate learners and make sure they make progress within a lesson;
  • stimulating and planning for active learning and pupil participation;
  • how to build on talk for writing principles, harnessing progressive oracy strategies through the medium of drama;
  • how to set challenging, open ended English/literacy tasks; and the essential, core range of active learning strategies that can be applied across the whole curriculum.

Course Provider: Helen Bowen

Teaching Experience Helen started teaching in 1994 and has 11 years’ experience as a Primary School Teacher in Bridgend. During this time she was also a visiting lecturer at Bridgend College working with Learning Support Assistants.

Advisory Experience Helen was a member of the Newport Literacy Team for 9 years and for 3 years led on English and literacy in the region across primary and secondary schools. She was the regional representative to Welsh Government for the South East of Wales from 2010 to 2013 and was the System Leader with responsibility for Literacy in the EAS.

Other Experience An ESTYN Team Inspector, Helen has sat on a number of national advisory panels including National Drama and the Arts Review Panel, which reported to Welsh Government in the Summer of 2013. She has advised universities in Wales on developing literacy in Initial Teacher Training and was the Deputy Chief Examiner for KS2/3 Assessment from 2009 to 2012. Helen is an external consultant to Welsh Government, and has worked on a number of projects with them. This includes creating the National Literacy Framework representing South East Wales, writing the guidance for the revised English and Welsh PoS in 2015 and more recently creating two ‘mythbusting’ documents on the NLNF and the National Reading Tests. She is also the literacy consultant for the National Union of Teachers and has lead their annual ‘New and Young Teachers’ Conference’ across Wales with key notes and workshops on literacy. 

Philosophy Supporting Schools, Securing Excellence, Helen believes that rich contexts for learning are key to the raising of standards and the development of literacy skills both within English and throughout the curriculum. She has used oracy and drama for many years to explore challenging subject matters and has worked with schools across Wales to explore how this can impact on the key literacy competencies of oracy, reading and writing. This includes using drama to explore philosophical concepts through ‘teacher in role’ and whole class engagement with complex scenarios. Helen is also the creator of ‘Reading Attack’ which is currently used by over 100 schools to develop pupil independence and reading stamina.