Call for papers for 2016’s Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show

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Launching in February 2016 at Olympia Central in London, the Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show will be co-located with the Music Education Expo, going into its fourth successful year, as a new performing arts element to the Expo’s CPD offerings.

To be considered for the 2016 programme, prospective speakers need to complete an online form at, clearly indicating the aims of the suggested seminar, who the intended audience would be, the learning objectives and relevant key stages, as well as providing a detailed overview of the content in a lesson plan format. An advisory board of education practitioners will shape the 2016 programme from the submitted proposals.

Sarah Lambie, head of content for the Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show and editor of Teaching Drama magazine, said of the call for papers: ‘We’d like to hear from educators and experts in fields as wide-ranging as education psychology, curriculum and exam preparation, technology, education policy, and practitioner techniques.’

The deadline for submissions is 21 August 2015.

For more information about the Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show, visit

Over 50% of NQTs forecast to leave the profession within 12 months by 2017

Supply teaching agency Randstad Education has forecast that by 2017, 52% of newly qualified teachers will leave the profession within 12 months. Randstad Education’s estimate is based on trends of current statistics – of those qualified in 2011, 62% were still in the education sector a year after qualifying. In 2005, 80% of NQTs stayed in the teaching profession for 12 months or more.


Jenny Rollinson, managing director of Randstad Education, said of the forecast: ‘There are plenty of problems that newly qualified teachers face – from government bureaucracy and curriculum changes to the pressure of league tables and problematic students – but being panicked into ducking out of the profession or taking on the wrong role shouldn’t be one of them. Newly qualified teachers need to find the right job for them. They should keep calm and examine all the options available to them – not just those that work well for their university’s league table results.’

Randstand Education are holding nationwide ‘open days’ on 12 May  offering advice to newly qualified teachers on applying for jobs; more information can be found at


At next month’s PERFORM 2015, Teaching Drama is hosting a workshop series for teachers on Saturday 14th featuring sessions with White Light, exam board representatives and Frantic Assembly.TD is giving away 25 one-day entry tickets to PERFORM for FREE! Each ticket admits two people.

The ticket, which costs £9 on the day, will give you access to the PERFORM exhibition, as well as the chance to attend a whole range of workshops and seminars, including TD’s workshop series. (It’s recommended that workshops are booked in advance; the entry fee for the TD workshops is £3 when pre-booked, and £4 on the day).

To enter our prize draw for a PERFORM one-day entry ticket, email with the subject line ‘PERFORM 2015 – ticket giveaway’.

Good luck!



Student Guide to Drama Education 2014-15

SGDE 2014-15 cover F01a.inddThe 2014-15 Student Guide to Drama Education is now available to view online for FREE.

Whether you are looking to study drama at university, drama school or perhaps even starting out in the industry – you’ll find this to be a helpful guide.

Features in this year’s guide include:

  • For anyone considering drama at higher education level, our ‘five in focus’ articles put five universities, five drama schools and five training alternatives under the spotlight
  • Expert advice on picking a career pathway
  • How to survive a drama school audition
  • A guide to higher education funding
  • How to find the perfect headshot photographer for you
  • A step-by-step guide to marketing an emerging theatre company
  • PLUS – interviews with people working in the industry

Read the guide at Subscribers to Teaching Drama will receive the Student Guide to Drama Education with their Autumn 1 2014-15 issue.


Green room: Join the debate

In the latest issue of Teaching Drama magazine, Autumn 2 out this week, we’re asking our expert panel about careers advice for students:


Vote and let us know what you think! Comment below if you have particularly strong views on the topic.

Read the opinions of our panelists in our NEW issue of Teaching Drama, out now!

Head to to subscribe.
For a digital copy visit

Kevin Spacey foundation launches partnership with Regent’s College London

Kevin SpaceyThe Kevin Spacey Foundation (KSF) has announced details of a new partnership with Regent’s College London, through which students will be offered the chance of a scholarship, and an opportunity to work with Old Vic artistic director Kevin Spacey in
masterclasses as part of their course.

Spacey said of the new partnership: ‘I am delighted that my foundation is working with Regent’s College to offer scholarships to this exciting degree course. I believe it will be life changing for the recipients, ensuring they get the chance to discover their creativity and
experience a higher education that might not  otherwise be available to them.’

To read more of this story, subscribe or buy a digital copy of Teaching Drama Summer 1.

EXCLUSIVE: Drama & Me with Braham Murray

An exclusive Drama & Me interview with celebrated director Braham Murray, in advance of his appearance at PERFORM, Olympia – this Friday 8-Sunday 10 March. Come and see TD in the Teaching Drama Teacher’s Area for talks and networking events all weekend. 

Braham Murray (colour)

Drama & Me … with Braham Murray

What is your occupation?
Theatre director.

Where did you study/train?
I didn’t. Directors often don’t. They just do it!

What’s been the proudest moment of your career so far?
The first time I really pulled off a Shakespeare. It was Hamlet with Robert Lindsay. People queued up from four in the morning to get tickets. Eight weeks at The Exchange, six weeks on tour, three weeks at The Barbican, not a seat unsold.

What did you think of the drama lessons you received at school?
I had no drama lessons at school, so I can’t comment! The school was very active in drama with school plays and house plays and I started directing there, but there was never any ‘education’ as such.

What do you think about the state of drama education today?
Equally, I’m afraid that I have no knowledge about education in schools today. My only knowledge is of undergraduate courses because of the treatment my book got from Methuen’s advice panel which led me to discover a disturbing picture of an industry peopled with the at least second rate who purported to teach directing which they had little idea about! There are of course honorable exceptions such as Paul Jones at Stafford.

What was the last production you saw?
Old Money, starring Maureen Lipman at Hampstead Theatre.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
Two people: Stanislavski and Casper Wrede who was one of my colleagues at the Royal Exchange.

What’s next for you? 
My masterclass at PERFORM of course. A new musical or a French comedy or a new Brad Fraser or a movie. Whichever comes through first!

What would you say to a student considering a career in drama?
If you’re not absolutely in love with it, don’t do it.

Michael Gove to overhaul A levels

Education secretary Michael Gove has outlined his plans to overhaul A level qualifications. The government is set to place universities in charge of approving exam content, and will remove the Department for Education from taking any kind of role.

In a letter to exam regulator Ofqual, Gove raised his concerns about the current standard of the A levels, claiming that, ‘leading university academics tell me that A levels do not prepare students well enough for the demands of an undergraduate degree.’ Changes made to the current system would see exams taken in England, Wales and Northern Ireland affected.

The news comes as a study found that a number of university lecturers believed that students were unprepared for university teaching. Of those lecturers polled, three-fifths said they had run ‘catch-up’ classes to assist students. Over half of the 633 who took part said many students do not have the writing, or critical thinking skills required to study at undergraduate level.

If plans are to go ahead, the control over A level content would be removed from exam boards and handed over to universities. Gove wrote: ‘I am particularly keen that universities should be able to determine subject content, and that they should endorse specifications, including details of how the subject should be assessed. I will expect the bar to be a high one: university ownership of the exams must be real and committed, not a tick-box exercise.’

The new system would still see exam boards set the outline for courses, but it would be encouraged that students were only entered for exams if they had been approved by a Russell Group university.

Responses to the new scheme have been mixed. NUT general sectary Christine Blower said that there would be, ‘no harm done’ from the new measures, however, it would be more complicated than it appeared in implement the scheme: ‘You can’t decide to have a hands-off approach in one bit of the education system but attempt to dominate the whole of the rest of it. A-levels have to be seen as part of the education system.’

Teaching Drama contributor, and The Stage’s education editor, Susan Elkin said on Twitter: ‘So Gove wants universities to set GCSEs and A Levels. [The] ones I took were all set by University of London. Education has always been cyclical.’Tis said that if you teach for 40 years and stick unchangingly to your methods etc., you will be in fashion three times.’

The government plans for the new A level qualifications to be taught from 2014, starting with English, maths and science. The system would then be implemented across the whole board of subjects.

Fill you in Friday

It’s Friday, which can only mean one thing … Fill you in Friday! We’re keeping you up to date with all the latest events coming up. Don’t miss out on the latest goings on in drama activities for teachers and students, Teaching Drama has all the information you need.

Voluntary Arts Week
12 – 20 May

This week-long event celebrates the UK’s love of amateur arts and crafts. Activities will be taking place across both the UK and Republic of Ireland. If you want to get involved with the activities taking place, keep an eye on their website, where they will soon be announcing all of the events taking place – national and local.

If you’re keen to get even more involved, you may consider running your own event. You can submit your ideas to If you need a venue for your event 3Space has free vacant shop spaces throughout the UK. It is available to registered charities, non-profit, voluntary groups or social enterprises for temporary hire for events.

Voluntary Arts Week have also launched the ‘What’s in your window?‘ campaign, encouraging participants to show off their stuff with a window display. Perhaps drama teachers and facilitators can be a bit more creative and devise a short performance to display in their windows. You can create displays in local community in locations such as libraries or community centres, or in your own window at home!

For more information about upcoming events and how you can get involved visit

New issue of Teaching Drama out soon!
Summer 1 issue

Our newest issue is out Monday 2 April … and it’s a Summer Schools special!

*School’s in for summer – find out about the benefits of students attending summer schools
*Listings – this year’s pick of summer courses
*National Student Drama Festival – how you can get involved.

Plus all of our regular features, news and reviews to keep you up to date with what is happening in the drama education world.

Make sure you don’t miss out on your copy



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