During the course of the day, delegates will explore how to practically address the social, cultural and psychological factors that impact the achievement of boys in Drama, This course will provide proven teaching techniques, strategies, themes and ideas that will engage, excite and motivate boys to work hard and achieve their full potential. Aimed at all teachers of Drama as well as heads of department, delegates will take away a wide range of strategies and resources that can be implemented immediately into lessons as well as longer term planning.


  • Opportunity to explore a number of creative, innovative approaches to engage and stimulate boys learning in Drama
  • Understand the specific needs of boys and how social, cultural and psychological factors can influence learning and progress
  • Develop a range of teaching strategies to raise the grades of boys
  • Know how best to support boys to be successful in Drama with an understanding of social, cultural and psychological factors that can effect achievement
  • Explore ideas in a practical way, facilitating an immediate understanding of how things work in the ‘classroom’
COURSE DATE London, Wednesday 14 June 2017
WHO FOR?  All teachers of Drama at KS3 and KS4
Heads of Drama and Performing Arts departments
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 - 11.00am: Understanding the specific needs of boys in Drama

  • Approaches to an accessible creative curriculum
  • Games and warm ups that are inclusive and promote learning
  • The importance of relationship, rapport and relevance
  • Identifying the challenges and using techniques and approaches to initiate students learning

11.00 - 11.15am: Break


11.15 - 12.15pm: Stimulating innovative devised work from boys

This session will include practical exploration

  • Devising strategies that help and inspire boys to succeed
  • Establishing a creative dramatic lexis to boost boys’ knowledge and initial skills
  • How to explore relevant issues and themes for boys through Drama
  • Designing and evaluating activities that stimulate learning and enjoyment for boys
  • Raising self esteem and achievement through the dramatic process of devising and creating

12.15 - 1.15pm: Creating a gateway for boys into texts

This session will include practical exploration

  • Laying the skills, techniques, motivation and excitement to embark on script work
  • Sharing a range of engaging and relevant scripts for boys to excel and succeed with in performance
  • Strategies for encouraging line learning and improving memory retention
  • Approaches to engage and excite through the exploration of contemporary role models in TV, film and theatre

1.15 - 2.15pm: Lunch


2.15 - 3.15pm: Written and verbal feedback

  • How to encourage boys to bring themselves and their experiences to writing in Drama
  • Effective techniques, which work to develop and stimulate verbal responses in and out of role
  • How to use questioning in Drama lessons to ensure all students have a sense of achievement
  • Approaches to developing appropriate terminology and ensuring succinct accurate verbal responses

3.15 - 3.45pm: Questions, sharing, coffee

Tara Elie

Tara Elie is senior lecturer in Secondary Drama Education at the University of East London, as well as an experienced teacher of Drama in secondary schools both in England and abroad. She has a proven record of achieving outstanding examination results at both key stages four and five. Tara is currently Artistic Director of Swedeart Productions, trainer for Pivotal Education and Managing Director of Star Performance based in Brighton.
Additionally, she is a senior tutor on The Ufton Drama School and is an experienced practitioner in physical theatre and voice work.