On the 4th April, Gemma Grubb (NATD Secretary) and Liam Harris (NATD Treasurer) attended a meeting of the Cultural Learning Alliance on behalf of the Association. This loose alliance of bodies with an interest in seeing Drama within the curriculum, gathered to articulate the need for Drama in all phases of education.
The following statement from the formal report of the meeting sets the tone:
“A high-quality, rigorous Drama entitlement should be available to all children and young people throughout their education. It is essential to their development, enables them to progress as effective learners and ensures that young people have the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into the creative and cultural industries as well as the wider workforce.”
The focus of the meeting was on the curriculum content of drama and theatre, with no room for pedagogy on the agenda. This resulted in no discussion regarding the need for drama-in-education across all phases. These are our allies in the struggle with the current Education Minister.
To read the full report, click here.