How to Become a Drama Teacher

Crisis is now one of the most popular subjects to follow at GCSE including a level. With so many students discovering a passion for drama it is important to find out what opportunities are available when it comes to pursing a career.

Would be Performers currently have several options they can study drama at university or simply choose one of the top 23 tcc sem drama schools in England which have been members of the CDS.

Child performers maybe able to make your transition, from child actor to adult, without having to look at drama school. Though this is indeed rare, it is not out of the question.

However , not everyone wants to be a performer some prefer to show, so what training do you need. Well I spoke to one crisis student who told me all about her journey from allowing

Blag Youth Theatre in Rickmansworth to landing a first-class job in a secondary school in Hertfordshire, she as well outlines other routes into becoming a drama teacher.

‘My passion for drama began in my early teens, whenever i joined Blag Youth Theatre. There I was able to extend my knowledge and experiment with improvisation and scripted types. It also gave me performance opportunities which confirmed my eagerness for the arts.

I left school with 3 A-levels (Theatre studies, Music and English Lit. ) more than a decade ago. I went on to do a three year degree in Theatre and Theatre Studies and graduated in 2001. Within the following 3 years I worked with a variety of different aged children going outdoor adventure activities. I then made the decision to become a secondary education teacher and to go back to university; so in 2004 I begun a PGCE in drama at Chester University. This series took a year and was very hands-on with not one but two teaching placements in different schools.

Once I completed this I started as an NQT (Newly Qualified teacher) in the school in Hertfordshire – Once I had done 12 month at this school i was a fully-qualified teacher of theatre!!

There are other routes into teaching:

If you make the decision before I was able and know when you finish your A-Levels that you want as being a teacher then you can do a 4 year course at Higher education and become either a primary teacher or a secondary teacher by using drama specialism.

If you have a drama degree already and also teach drama then you can either apply to do a PGCE, for instance me or a GTP. A GTP is a school based mostly qualification where you work in a school for a reduced pay until you qualify.

If you have a degree in another subject then you can however become a drama teacher but may have to do a short lessons to convert your specialism. ‘