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Continued Professional Development

In response to school priority areas, we offer a suite of creative arts and learning opportunities to teachers and young people, in schools or community settings such as Creative Writing, Drama, Oracy and Phonics.

Teacher CPD

Plus Icon Drama and Creative Writing

Working with our senior academics in Creative Writing and Drama, these bespoke days can range from one day to two weeks. We will create an immersive imaginary world using drama alongside primary and secondary aged children in order to develop their confidence, create a sense of community and offer rich creative writing opportunities. 

Our own research shows that this allows opportunities for children to find the joy in writing and see themselves as writers. They will write with, and alongside authors and their work will be published online, performed to an audience or showcased through film. You can view their work here.

Residencies are based on the university campus, in schools or community settings. The experience can include:

  • Bespoke planning with academics in drama and creative writing
  • Flexible delivery at the university or school/community settings and length of delivery
  • Working with MA students
  • CPD from academics in drama and creative writing prior, during or after the residencies

What did the children say?

“We were learning to work as a team..”

“There are more hands on things to do..”

“Writing feels more fun..”

“It feels more chilled and free…”

“You can get lots of ideas to write a story..”

“I felt like I entered into the world of my imagination” 

What did the teachers say?

“Great to see the opportunity to reframe and add to the story through drama…” Senior Teacher

“We could really see how the children had grasped the emotion of the drama and transferred this to their writing” Senior Teacher

“I can’t believe how they have grown in confidence..” Deputy Head

“Powerful as a teacher to see boxing up done from a different order from 5-point story structure which often constrains…” Deputy Head

“Children’s concentration is held perfectly due to a fast pace and a range of activities. A perfect balance of drama and writing and not too much ‘teacher talk.’ From reading the children’s work, the workshops have had a huge impact on vocabulary, sentence structure and organisation”  Literacy Co-ordinator

Plus Icon Oracy and Drama

This one day workshop promotes 'talk' as central to learning, at a time when opportunities for pupil talk is marginalised due to testing. Course practitioners position 'talk' at the centre of the learning experience and demonstrate a range of practical drama strategies which can be embedded into any lesson in order to develop children's oracy skills in a meaningful way. As talk is also central to democracy, these strategies show children that their feelings, questions and opinions matter.

The workshop can either be run here at the the University or at your school, with staff and children, where the strategies will be modelled by our experts. Workshops can be delivered to Key Stage 1 or 2 and will be bespoke to the needs of your school and pupils.

Contact Lisa Stephenson for further details: L.S.Stephenson@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Plus Icon Phonics
Coming soon
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Coming soon

Pupil Experiences

Plus Icon Raising Aspirations Day

Raising children’s aspirations through Collaboration and Creative Learning

These university-based days are an opportunity for primary and secondary school children to experience a bespoke creative learning experience, combined with aspirations to develop a career through university study.

  • Planning: schools work with a senior lecturer to decide on thematic days linked to curriculum topics and the School Development Plan.
  • Day on site: during the day, we deliver a range of high quality learning experiences which involve solving a problem, usually to help a fictional character linked to the theme. These themes have previously included ‘A Tudor mystery’, ‘Learning in a future world’, ‘The discovery of a mystery Anglo- Saxon grave’ and ‘Building Stig’s cave’ amongst others. The problem solving context allows children to showcase their thinking as potential teachers, doctors, scientists, architects and other experts in a playful but focused way.

    Most importantly, the day also has another agenda; that of giving children experience of a university setting, as part of the school’s own programmes of encouraging children to have aspirations to continuing education. Student Teachers and MA students involved on the day are encouraged to tell their learning story to children at informal moments, during lunch and between sessions as they explore the campus and encourage dialogue linked to aspirations.

    The opening and finale of the day is set in a lecture theatre where senior university lecturers celebrate the problem solving and collaborative skills that children have brought to the day - skills that are required for study at university level.

Testimonials

What did the children say?

 “I felt like I was entering into the world of my imagination.” Child 1

“This is the best thing I have ever done, it's so cool, I want to come here.” Child 2

What did the teachers say?

 “The link with Leeds Beckett has enabled us to assist in the professional development of students whilst at the same time channelling their work studies focus on aspects of the curriculum which had been flagged up as areas for development through our school's SDP. The students and staff at Leeds Beckett worked competently with groups who were struggling and shared a wealth of knowledge and strategies which will have a lasting impact on our school.” Senior Teacher 1

“It was really nice to see the children working together in groups, solving problems and debating issues.” Teacher 1

“By using drama, the children felt like they were part of an Anglo-Saxon community, as a result they were really enthusiastic and this had a big impact on their writing.” Teacher 2


Castleton Primary School 
Our children come from an area of real depravation on the outskirts of Leeds. Sadly, many of our children wouldn't aspire to go to university as their families wouldn't encourage them to do so as a springboard to a successful career. Our visit to you today has opened their eyes to the possibilities. 

The day is organised really well and the students are always really well prepared for the day ahead. Our pre visits really help to focus the learning to the needs of the children and help create a much more collaborative approach. This year in particular, I was very impressed with the professionalism of your students and this has greatly improved on previous years. 


The children were engrossed for the whole day and really enjoyed exploring the theme through the creative arts. They will remember this experience for many years to come. 

Thanks to all involved! 


Girlington Primary School

We would like to thank you and your students for providing our children with a wonderful day at Leeds Beckett University.  On the way home, the children were chatting away about the activities they had done, the university building and the students who had taught them.  All my staff were very positive about the day and they all said how good the student teachers were with our children.  They were very impressed with the standard of teaching and thought the activities were fun and engaging.

Many children have expressed an interest in going to university and are wondering what they would like to study.  I sent some of the children to see Kathryn, our headteacher, today so that they could tell her about their trip.  She was also able to praise them for being good role models as they were all children who had made an excellent contribution throughout the visit.  

Next week, the children have invited their parents to come into school to see our 'Darwin Museum' so that they can show case the work they have done in school.  All the artwork and writing that they produced with your students will make an excellent addition to this.

Once again, many thanks for all the effort that you and the student teachers put into creating such an exciting experience.  I know that many children expressed a desire to return and asked me if we were going to return soon!  Hopefully they will return as students in a few years’ time.

We look forward to working with you all again in the future.

Plus Icon Drama and Creative Writing Residencies

Working with our senior academics in Creative Writing and Drama, these bespoke days can range from one day to two weeks. We will create an immersive imaginary world using drama alongside primary and secondary aged children in order to develop their confidence, create a sense of community and offer rich creative writing opportunities. 

Our own research shows that this allows opportunities for children to find the joy in writing and see themselves as writers. They will write with, and alongside authors and their work will be published online, performed to an audience or showcased through film. You can view their work here.

Residencies are based on the university campus, in schools or community settings. The experience can include:

  • Bespoke planning with academics in drama and creative writing
  • Flexible delivery at the university or school/community settings and length of delivery
  • Working with MA students
  • CPD from academics in drama and creative writing prior, during or after the residencies

What did the children say?

“We were learning to work as a team..”

“There are more hands on things to do..”

“Writing feels more fun..”

“It feels more chilled and free…”

“You can get lots of ideas to write a story..”

“I felt like I entered into the world of my imagination” 

What did the teachers say?

“Great to see the opportunity to reframe and add to the story through drama…” Senior Teacher

“We could really see how the children had grasped the emotion of the drama and transferred this to their writing” Senior Teacher

“I can’t believe how they have grown in confidence..” Deputy Head

“Powerful as a teacher to see boxing up done from a different order from 5-point story structure which often constrains…” Deputy Head

“Children’s concentration is held perfectly due to a fast pace and a range of activities. A perfect balance of drama and writing and not too much ‘teacher talk.’ From reading the children’s work, the workshops have had a huge impact on vocabulary, sentence structure and organisation”  Literacy Co-ordinator

Study with us

We are committed to developing creative academic pathways and courses with our MA Drama and Creative Writing in EducationMasters by Research Professional Practice and EDd Professional Doctorate in Education
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