A Future Curriculum for Drama Education

“The next step would be taking this conversation to the Department of Education…” Cherrelle Skeete, actress and co-founder of BlacktressUK.

In February 2018, the London Theatre Consortium held its first symposium on creative learning: A Future Curriculum for Drama Education. The event brought together teachers, theatres, creatives, young people and exam board representatives to examine the ways in which all could work together to make drama education in the UK the best it can be.

The opening panel featured Kwame Kwei-Armah (Artistic Director, Young Vic), playwright James Graham (Ink, Labour of Love), actress Cherrelle Skeete (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Seagull), Paul Webster (Edexcel Subject Adviser for Drama), Katy Brown (Head of Performing Arts, Hampstead School), Titilayo Bamgbose (current A-Level student, Young Court member) and Michael Adewale (current A-Level student, Lyric Ensemble member). Each shared their own first encounters with drama education, and how these had influenced (and in some cases, totally changed) their lives to come. They shared creative visions for what drama education could look like, and practical steps that might be taken to keep creativity at the top of the educational agenda.

The break-out sessions and workshops which followed led to many rich conversations and newly forged connections. What is the place of drama education in today’s world? How do we best serve young drama students’ interests? How do we build a strong, imaginative, next generation workforce for the theatre industries? What should theatres be offering to schools? What would a future curriculum for drama education look like?

All these questions and more were posed, and at the end of the event it felt like a vital conversation had begun. More to follow!

Read a report of the symposium here: LTC Creative Learning Symposium report FINAL pdf

LTC announce creative learning symposium

London Theatre Consortium (LTC) have organised a symposium to address the challenge of the current national curriculum syllabi focusing on representation and diversity in the classroom and improving career pathways into the performing arts. The LTC Creative Learning Symposium; A Future Curriculum for Drama Education will be held on Monday 5th February, 5.30pm – 8.30pm at the Lyric Hammersmith.

The aim of the LTC Creative Learning Symposium,which involves a panel discussion, breakout groups and open space sessions, is to bring theatres, writers, artists and teachers together in the hope of making an impact on set text choices and forming stronger relationships across education sectors.

Invited participants are made up of creatives on the syllabus – writers, directors, companies – teachers, young people, and exam board and theatre representatives.

For more information, including the schedule, see the full press release.

The Gate Theatre is looking for a Level 2 Apprentice in Community Arts Administration!

Are you 16 – 24 yrs. and living in one the following London Boroughs: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster?

Are you thinking about a career in theatre but don’t know where to start? Then an apprenticeship could be for you! Come along to an Open day and find out more about the Level 2 apprenticeship at the Gate Theatre!

Open days will take place on:

* Thursday 31st August 2-6pm
* Wednesday 6 September 2-6pm
* Thursday 14 September 2-6pm
* Friday 22 September 2-6pm

All sessions will be held at the Gate Theatre, Above the Prince Albert Pub, 11 Pembridge Road, W11 3HQ.

It is strongly recommended that you attend an Open Day before submitting an application.

What does the Gate’s Community Arts Apprentice do?

The Community Arts Apprentice is an invaluable part in the Gate’s bold and exciting work. Working in a small venue means that the Gate’s Apprentice observes all of the activities behind running a theatre.  The Gate’s Apprentice assists in all aspects of the Gate Theatre’s operations, including – but not limited to – key office administration, box office and front of house administration, production administration, marketing support and providing general office support for this busy producing venue.

This role is an apprenticeship position, enabling the post holder to gain a Level 2 Certificate in Community Arts Administration, in association with a partner College, the National Apprentice College.

Who can apply?

If you are 16 – 24yrs old and living in London you are eligible to apply. You do not have to have any GCSE or A levels or you may have several, as long as you are not a graduate, you can apply.

Due to a condition of the funding you need to have lived in the following London boroughs for at least 2 years: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster.

You do not need to have lots of experience but you need to have an organised and systematic approach to work. You will need to pay attention to detail and to be good at completing tasks.

More information:
More information can also be found by reading the Gate Apprentice Job Description

To Apply
All applications must be submitted via this link: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-175687

If you’d like to talk about the apprenticeship that the Gate is offering, you can email the Gate’s General Manager, Chrissy Angus on chrissy@gatetheatre.co.uk or call on 0207 229 5387.