Ben Hur? Pah! Andrew Beswick took on a much bigger directing challenge when he filmed a Roman Britain epic and got every child at his primary school to play soldiers. He reports on the project that taught practical skills, teamwork and creativity.
When two theatre and lighting designers turned to classroom design, they revolutionised the use of light, sound and projection in lessons. Cathy Cross and Ben Willetts explain how.
The power of persona dolls
Early years children respond intuitively to ‘persona dolls’, says Marilyn Bowles – making them a great way to build cultural understanding and fght racism.
Keep on moving!
Tear up your seating plan and stack the chairs. Nicola Murray says getting your class moving will cement their learning – even at secondary level.
Freedom to speak
Amid terror that our young people are growing up incapable of articulating themselves, the Rose review insists that teachers prioritise speech and drama. In this year eight -level cross-curriculum project pack, Kerrie Sharron shares how she prepared her class for Speakout Challenge - a speech competition for London and Essex schools.
Hats off to collaboration
Edward De Bono’s six thinking hats is so overquoted and misused that it’s become an educational cliché. Here’s how to use it properly, says Debra Kidd.
Breaking the exam yoke
A levels are a two-year marathon of exams, coursework and cramming. But when Louise Astbury led her English Language class in a ‘life coaching’ role play project, she stuck to the curriculum and let her class have fun.
The rewards of the performing arts can’t be measured in exams – but they can change the lives of children with special needs, says Rebecca Patterson. She observed dance teacher Ann Thornton at Heaton school to see what she could learn.
What if teachers stopped shouting “Silence in the classroom!” and started letting students ask questions? Jane Smith tried it with her class – and was thrilled with the results.