Derek Jacobi Acts in Favour of Schools Having Compulsory Drama Classes
Russell, Ben, The Independent (London, England)
DRAMA SHOULD be a compulsory part of school timetables, headteachers said yesterday.Research by their trade association found that one in five secondary schools did not offer drama at GCSE level and a quarter did not offer drama lessons earlier on in pupils' school careers.
The Secondary Heads Association (SHA) called for action to stop drama being squeezed out of schools by the national curriculum.
Peter Miller, the association's former president, said drama should be a compulsory part of all children's education, and called on the Teacher Training Agency to make drama part of all teacher- training courses. The union wants the Government to force schools to set aside time for drama when ministers review the national curriculum in 2000. Mr Miller, headteacher of Wrenn School, Wellingborough, said: "There are a lot of children who are not getting this essential and valuable experience, and that really concerns us. A school without drama is a school without a soul." The actor Sir Derek Jacobi, speaking at the launch of the SHA book Drama Sets You Free, added his weight to calls for more drama in schools. …