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Patrice Baldwin

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Nationality  British
Known for  Drama education
Name  Patrice Baldwin

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Books  With Drama in Mind: Re, Inspiring Writing Through, The Primary Drama H, School Improvement Through, Teaching Literacy Through

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Patrice Baldwin was President of the International Drama and Theatre Education Association (IDEA) from 2010–13. She is Chair of National Drama, the leading subject association for UK drama and theatre educators, and National Director of D4LC (Drama for Learning and Creativity).



Patrice Baldwin is a leading figure in the world of 'Drama for Learning'. She was Chair of National Drama (the leading association of drama and theatre educators) for more than a decade (until November 2014) and was President of the International Drama Theatre and Education Association (IDEA) from 2010 – 2013. She has also been an Executive Council Member of the World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE). From April 2000 to June 2011 she was the local authority arts adviser for Norfolk County Council Children's Services but decided to go freelance in June 2011. This enabled her to devote more time to travelling and working abroad, as well as to developing 'Drama for Learning' in the UK. Follow her extensive education work, publications and travels by visiting her Drama Blog [2] and her professional website [3] You can also join the D4LC Facebook group she set up, to keep in contact with thousands of drama educators worldwide.

Patrice was a primary school headteacher for eleven years and still works in schools on a consultancy basis for drama for learning, improving teaching, cultural and creative learning and primary curriculum development. She was an Ofsted inspector and a School Improvement Partner. For several years she worked as a BBC series consultant and scriptwriter for Let's Make a Story and also wrote scripts for First Steps in Drama and stories and dramatisations for Together, a BBC radio assembly programme for primary schools.

Patrice Baldwin has written many articles and books for teachers, on the use of drama for learning across the curriculum and has a particular interest in links between drama, learning through imagining and neuroscience, She is also known for her work on improving literacy through Drama. She is author of 'Stimulating Drama', The Drama Box, 'The Drama Book', 'Teaching Literacy Through Drama – creative approaches' and With Drama in Mind – real learning in imagined worlds and The Primary Drama Handbook' and 'School Improvement Through Drama'. In May 2012 her second edition of 'With Drama in Mind' was published by Continuum/Bloomsbury and in October 2012 her book, 'Inspiring Writing Through Drama' (co-written with Rob John), was also published by Bloomsbury.

Patrice Baldwin created 'Drama for Learning and Creativity' (D4LC), a national school improvement initiative that was piloted in Norfolk in 2005 and was supported by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, Creative Partnerships and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts as well as Norfolk County Council. D4LC later became an IDEA project and spread internationally. She presented it at UNESCO's 2nd International Arts Education Conferences in South Korea and also, in Taiwan and Newcastle at World Creativity Summits. D4LC is an initiative that links visiting drama specialists with pairs of non-specialist drama teachers in schools. Together they work in partnership to use drama as a way of learning and teaching. They evaluate and share the impact. More than 280 schools in Norfolk became 'D4LC schools' from 2005 – 2010 and other parts of the UK (Newport in Wales and Dorset) have also set up D4LC based initiatives. D4LC was also started in Iceland under the name, 'FLISS' and has also proved successful with UK museum educators who want to extend the use of drama for learning in museums.

Patrice is a well established national and international drama workshop leader and conference keynote speaker on drama, education, arts and Creativity. In April 2011 she became freelance, in order to focus more freely on her international work. Patrice has presented at Conferences in Greece, Turkey, Iceland, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, the Philippines, France, Norway, Sweden, Finland, New Zealand, Singapore, US and Canada, Argentina and Uruguay. She was a speaker at the 2008 and 2009 World Creativity Summits in Taiwan and Newcastle and keynote speaker at Drama Australia's 2011 Conference in Perth. She presented in June 2011 at the first Drama in Education Conference in Singapore and in 2012/13 at many Conferences, including in New Hampshire (January 2012), New Zealand (April 2012), Turkey (May and November 2012), France (May 2012), Iceland (August 2012), Canada (October 2012), Greece (November 2012), Sweden (January and May 2013), Hong Kong and Singapore (February 2013), Australia (March 2013) and France (July 2013). During 2013 she became the Cultural Leader in Theatre and Performing Arts, for Brock University, Canada.

In 2009 she was a member of Sir Jim Rose's Editorial Expert group drafting a new primary National Curriculum for England. This curriculum did not get through Parliament before the June 2010 General Election. She is now working in partnership with specialist drama teaching schools in the UK, as well as doing some visiting fellow work at various Universities and working as an Artsmark Trainer and validator for Arts Council England.

Patrice has also set up a CPD service for Norfolk schools and provides courses for a range of curriculum areas. See her website for more details.


Stimulating Drama – out of print

The Drama Box and The Drama Book – out of print

Teaching Literacy Through Drama: Creative Approaches (co-written with Kate Fleming)

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  • With Drama in Mind: Real Learning in Imagined Worlds

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  • With Drama in Mind: Real Learning in Imagined Worlds (second edition)

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  • The Primary Drama Handbook

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  • School Improvement Through Drama

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  • Inspiring Writing Through Drama (co-written with Rob John)

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  • References

    Patrice Baldwin Wikipedia