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Cinema Complex

teacher training

Course code


Course length
11 months

Course fee

Drama teacher training

Arts subjects, including drama, are hugely important to the development of the whole child. By using your creative talents as a drama teacher, you'll be helping children to express themselves and discover the confidence they never thought they had. 

Why teaching drama is important

Cooperation, imagination, communication and self-expression are just a few of the skills and attributes that drama and performance classes enhance. Not only does drama do the obvious job of helping young people to develop a healthy appreciation of culture and the arts, but the confidence (and courage!) gained from learning performing arts skills can be applied to many other aspects of school, career, and life.

The qualities that make an outstanding drama teacher

An effective drama teacher must have a passion for performance and a sound understanding of the wider roles and responsibilities within theatre. Most importantly, a good drama teacher will be an innovative, confident director while being able to encourage reflection.

Subject knowledge needed to teach drama

As a drama teacher you should have knowledge of: roles and responsibilities within theatre, explorative strategies, mediums and conventions, theatre practitioners and styles of theatre, vocal and physical skills, and stage types.

Subject knowledge can be improved by reading plays of different styles and practitioner influence as well as becoming a regular audience member at the theatre to expose yourself to a wider variety of performances.

Overview of our drama course


  • Sept: Core training and mini placements 

  • Oct: Subject-specific training, core training and first teaching placement preparation

  • Nov-Dec: First teaching placement (6 weeks) and Newcastle University Teaching Conference (1 week)

  • Jan: Core training, subject-specific training and mini placements

  • Feb: Subject-specific training and second teaching placement preparation

  • Feb-May: Second teaching placement  (11 weeks) 

  • Jun: Personalised mini placement and QTS (qualified teacher status) interview



We provide ongoing, bespoke, subject specific SCITT Tutor support throughout your entire programme. Our SEDD (Subject Enhancement and Delivery Days) programme enable trainees to work with various heads of department and outstanding teachers in their subject areas. You will also work with expert drama teachers during your two teaching placements. 

The benefits of training to teach drama with North East SCITT

At North East SCITT, your PGCE is awarded by Birmingham University

Our lead school, The Academy at Shotton Hall, is one of only 23 Research Schools in the UK

Complete your initial teacher training year with North East SCITT in just 11 months

We work in partnership with over 60 education providers across the North East

Secondary teacher training courses

(11-16 with KS2 enhancement and post-16 enhancement):


To attain qualified teacher status, trainees will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards in the age phases of their course. They must teach and demonstrate that they achieve the Teachers’ Standards in the specific and consecutive age ranges.

What our trainees say about us...

"Fantastic all round training. What has really stood out for me is how supportive the whole SCITT team have been throughout the year. The highlight was my second placement which was excellent and the perfect fit!"

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Lisa Keech

Career changer

Read all about Lisa's journey into teaching

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