Cherwell Education, in partnership with Silhouette Youth Theatre, delivers Performing Arts teacher training designed to give primary school teachers the techniques and skills to confidently use drama in their classrooms as an access point for other subjects. We offer tailored blocks of trainings with expert trainers, classroom-based tasks, webinars, social media support and a whole host of useful materials for teachers.
Teachers will gain knowledge and understanding of drama games and activities, as well as the disciplines of drama and how to develop quality of performance. They will learn how to use drama as a tool in a creative, connected curriculum, and to develop confidence, speaking and listening and wellbeing in students.
Drama in the classroom promotes communication skills, teamwork, dialogue, negotiation and socialisation. It encourages students to think and act creatively, thus developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Crucially, it develops confidence in their own ability and cooperation with others.
Leigh Wolmarans leads our Performing Arts Teacher Training and Seasonal. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Silhouette Youth Theatre. Leigh has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has over 25 years experience as a headteacher.
Samantha studied at The London Studio Centre in dance and musical theatre, receiving The Sheila O’Neil award on completion of her training. She was in the cast of Cats on tour and in the west end.
John has composed for TV and radio, recorded extensively as a session musician, arranger and producer.
John works with our teachers and students to create unique music to inspire performances.
All the teaching methods, strategies and ideas from our Drama Training have been successfully integrated into our Seasonal School Stage Stars Programme.
Over the course of a full day, students participate in sessions with Leigh and his team, including Drama Theatre, Song Writing, Dance and Voice Coaching.
This is also an opportunity for schools and teachers to get an insight into what our Drama Training offers.