Using Drama for Oracy

Using Drama for Oracy - led by Primary Drama Expert, Patrice Baldwin
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Being able to listen attentively and speak lucidly and understandably or to use non-verbal communication effectively are crucial attributes in learning and life more generally. Developing oracy – the capacity to develop and express ideas through speech – is of central importance to both thinking and learning.

Professor Donaldson (2015)


Drama provides stimulating contexts for supporting and developing oracy across the curriculum. Drama Strategies can be used as ‘thought and talk frames’, to intentionally support different types of talk, for a range of purposes and audiences. The role of the teacher as a model, co-talker, facilitator and provocateur will also be considered.


  • Learn how to introduce Drama and Talk protocols (contracts), with whole classes
  • Learn some new drama strategies and revisit familiar strategies, to consider what they offer as ‘Talk Frames’
  • Consider how shared, imagined contexts, can be used with intent, to shift the linguistic demands on children
  • Consider the changing role/s and functions of the teacher in drama lessons, (where oracy is a main focus)
  • Learn how to plan a KS2 drama lesson, with an oracy focus.
  • Consider their possible ‘next step.

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.


This course is also available for schools to host online during 2020-21.

“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


  • Patrice Baldwin
    Patrice Baldwin
    Inspiring professional development and school improvement

    Patrice Baldwin is past Chair of National Drama and Past President of IDEA. She has given keynotes and workshops in 30+ countries and published several books on drama for learning.
    Patrice was Drama Editorial Expert for Sir Jim Rose’s proposed primary national curriculum. She has been a primary headteacher, School Improvement Professional, Arts and Cultural Learning Adviser and Ofsted inspector, as well as a BBC Education scriptwriter and drama series consultant for radio and TV.
    Patrice created and directed Drama for Learning and Creativity (D4LC), a highly much acclaimed, research led school improvement initiative, developed through ND and Norfolk County Council.
    Patrice now works as a freelance drama for learning specialist and author. She also owns and runs ‘Inspiring Professional Development and School Improvement’.

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16 Sep 2020


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm




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