Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT Drama PGCE

What will our Drama PGCE offer you?

Our Drama programme has proven very successful for the eight years that we have been training Drama teachers for secondary schools.

Our current Drama PGCE is centred around a knowledge-based approach and it will enable you to develop the core knowledge you need to confidently start your career teaching Drama to students aged 11 to 16.

As part of the PGCE element of this course you will write two assignments which are related to the teaching of Drama. 

One assignment at Masters’ level is about the use of metacognition strategies in the teaching of your subject and the other Masters’ level assignment will have a classroom research-based focus.

What skills and knowledge will you learn?

You will learn about developing classroom engagement and building positive relationships with students in your lessons.

There will be discussions in these sessions, for example, regarding the difference between process and product in Drama lessons and technical theatre.

You will be introduced to a range of Drama practitioners and theatre companies to build your subject knowledge.

The importance of modelling in Drama lessons will be demonstrated to you and you will have opportunities to practise those skills in a supportive environment.

Development of the progression in drama skills from Year 7 onwards will be shared with you. You will also be given the opportunity to observe your Drama Subject Tutor teaching in his school where he will be able to demonstrate many of the strategies that you will have learnt during the subject knowledge training days.

How is the Drama PGCE structured and who is involved?

Our Drama programme is structured around (i) formal sessions from the SCITT Drama tutor and (ii) the subject knowledge that you will receive from your school mentors who work alongside you in the classroom.

In your placement school with the guidance and support from your mentors, you will develop the subject knowledge needed to teach successfully in your placement schools.

In addition, you will have six Drama SCITT Subject Knowledge days led by a highly experienced practitioner who has extensive experience of subject and senior leadership roles in school.  

He will deliver the six Drama Subject Knowledge days which are spread across the year. These are full of practical teaching strategies for you to be able to use in the classroom in any school.

These Subject Knowledge days will be supplemented by tasks and a subject studies programme which you will complete during the year.

We will also provide you with specific books for the Drama programme, and a laptop and a visualiser for the duration of your teacher training programme.

You will also be assigned a Drama SCITT Tutor who will work closely with you. They will observe you teach at least four times during the year.

They are all Drama specialists so their understanding of teaching the Drama curriculum is comprehensive.

These visits by your Drama SCITT Tutor will be in addition to the school visits/ lessons observations that you will also receive from a SCITT Personal Tutor. 

All visits by any SCITT Tutor provide support and feedback that helps you in your development to become a successful trainee and newly qualified teacher. No lessons are graded, and all feedback is given in a personalised manner.

How will you be assessed?

At the end of each term, there is an Assessment Point where you will be observed by your Drama SCITT Tutor then discussions will be had with your mentor and other colleagues in your placement school regarding your progress to that point.

You must pass that Assessment Point in order to continue onto the next term of the programme, but the decision is not made on that one lesson observation.

Your progress is assessed against the Teachers’ Standards across the term and the quality of your teaching; your completion of your portfolio; your engagement with the subject studies and professional studies programmes; your ability to act on feedback and your professionalism in schools with colleagues and students are all looked at as part of that Assessment Point.


Our Drama PGCE Programme is designed so you can learn how to become a member of the teaching profession, not a teacher in one school.