Theatres join up to demand young people’s entitlement to drama in education

Theatres including the Donmar Warehouse, the Royal Court and the Almeida are among organisations calling for all children to be entitled to drama teaching and visits to plays as part of their education. The Stage reports.

The theatres, along with other venues such as Battersea Arts Centre, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Kiln and the Unicorn, and advocacy bodies including Action for Children’s Arts and National Drama, have developed a manifesto promoting the importance of drama in education.

Drama, Theatre and Young People – a Manifesto makes the case for a committed approach to theatre in schools, arguing that children and young people “thrive in schools where drama is accessible to all through the curriculum”.

In order to secure curriculum entitlement for drama, schools should have specialist teachers, relevant resources and appropriate space and time given over to the subject. The manifesto also suggests that Ofsted should ensure its inspectors have knowledge of drama education.

It calls on the Department for Education to disseminate, and act on, research that “demonstrates the impact of drama and theatre pedagogy on children and young people”.

Read more about the manifesto and what the group of organisations are asking for from the DfE Theatres join up to demand young people’s entitlement to drama in education 

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