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.