Using Drama for Talk and Writing -session one – KS1

This course, led by Patrice Baldwin, explains how drama can be used to stimulate and support children's talk and writing
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This event is ‘paired’ with Using Drama for Talk and Writing – Session 2 – KS2 on Wednesday 3rd November 4-5.30pm. Teachers may choose to register for just one session but it is recommended that teachers attend both sessions and try out some of the Session 1 activities before Session 2. Book both sessions on this booking form only.


Drama can provide compelling contexts and reasons for talking and writing, for various purposes and audiences. Drama strategies can be specifically selected to scaffold children’s thought and talk, in various ways that will help them as writers. Twelve drama strategies will be presented as ‘talk and writing frames’ and a drama unit on ‘Beowulf’, will be shared and explained, with direct reference to some of the talk and writing opportunities it generates.

Patrice Baldwin and Pie Corbett worked regularly worked together over several years, at their ‘Drama and Talk for Writing’ conferences. Patrice will share her ideas, some resources and lesson plans for KS1 and KS2.


  • A Drama Strategies booklet
  • A copy of the Powerpoint (as a PDF)
  • The KS2 Drama lesson plan
  • A published article about Drama for Talk and Writing.


One session: £25 for 1 teacher ; £15 for each additional teacher (from the same school)Two sessions: £45 for 1 teacher; £25 for each additional teacher (from the same school)


Patrice Baldwin was a primary headteacher, School Improvement and Art Education Adviser and Ofsted inspector. She was Sir Jim Rose’s Drama Editorial Expert for his proposed primary curriculum.

Patrice has given keynotes and led workshops in 35+ countries and was President of the International Drama Theatre and Education Association (2010-13) and Chair of National Drama for more than a decade (until 2015). She created and directed ‘Drama for Learning and Creativity’ (D4LC), an internationally acclaimed school improvement initiative.

Patrice is a published educational author and has been a BBC Education scriptwriter and series consultant (TV and Radio). She now works freelance.


Patrice Baldwin and Pie Corbett worked together termly over several years, developing Drama and Talk for Writing at their termly conferences.

‘Patrice Baldwin is a rarity. She is one of the few primary drama experts left in this country and quite possibly the most experienced and effective drama primary teacher. Teachers on her courses, come away feeling more confident and with a broader repertoire. Her work is excellent!’ 

Pie Corbett

Absolutely brilliant! Patrice’s course opened doors for colleagues which they would not have believed possible. In everything she does, she walks delegates through the materials, and discusses the impact this has on children’s learning. She uses drama conventions to create opportunities for pupils to secure their learning in new and deeper ways. 

Mary Myatt

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20 Oct 2021


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm




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