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Drama at the Heart of the Secondary School

Projects to Promote Authentic Learning, 1st Edition

By John Rainer, Martin Lewis


196 pages

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Drama at the Heart of the Secondary School provides a rationale for the curricular centrality of drama together with rich and detailed examples of cross-phase thematic projects which are drama-led, but which promote learning across a wide range of curriculum areas, from the humanities and other arts, to English and literacy, science and PSHE.

Each unit explores relevant and stimulating themes and topics that will engage the students, promote empathy, pose questions, and produce creative responses. Starting from relatively simple beginnings, the drama is structured in layers of increasing sophistication and complexity. Each layer adds another dimension to the potential learning opportunities available across a wide range of curriculum areas and suitable for learners of varying experience and ability. A wide range of curriculum areas of enquiry are referenced, and each unit offers unique ways of student learning designed to encourage excellent drama skills as well as embracing the ‘learning to learn’, Citizenship and PSHE agendas that are fundamental to good teaching and learning.

Features include:

  • Lists of dramatic techniques and keywords
  • Cross curricular connections and ideas highlighted in the text
  • Opportunities to address RSA ‘Opening Minds’ competencies and PLT skills
  • Examples of curriculum models suitable for thematic work
  • An outline of the principles of assessment for each unit

This accessible and practical textbook is essential for trainee and practising teachers interested in using drama to facilitate thematic, cross-curricular work in the classroom.


'Quite simply, if you are interested in cross-thematic work and particularly want to develop the use of drama within the classroom then this is a must buy!'

Rhinegold: Teaching Drama, Spring Edition

Table of Contents


Unit 1: Foundlings

Unit 2: Van Dieman's Land

Unit 3: Persuasion

Unit 4: Child Labour

Unit 5: Phaeton

Unit 6: Eyam- Plague Village

Unit 7: Wordless Books

Unit 8: Lizzie Borden

Unit 9: Kindertransport


About the Authors

John Rainer is Academic Division Leader for Arts Humanities and Language Education within the Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University. He is also the Course Co-ordinator for PGCE Drama.

Martin Lewis is Director of Arts at Kingsbridge Community College.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Secondary
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General


Supporting Resources for Drama at the Heart of the Secondary School

The file below includes PDF downloads of the resources in the book that are suitable for student handouts. These are arranged by Unit and include stimulus material, resource sheets, images and tasks.