ABOUT THIS WEBSITE
Dorothy Heathcote was ahead of her time. Her work continues to provide models, inspiration, and challenges. Her vision - of a revolution in the way we think about education - seems even more urgent now than ever.
Dorothy outlined four “contexts” or “models” for active learning, using drama-based methods – with the aim of forging links between schooling and society. They are:
Model 1: Drama used to explore people, circumstances and events
Model 2: Mantle of the Expert
… where children / students are asked to think of themselves as an “expert” team of some kind
Model 3: Rolling Role
… a group of teachers develop a shared programme of work, based around a fictional context
Model 4: The Commission Model
… where staff and students respond to a “real life” commission from the community
This website is dedicated to these four models. It provides teachers and practitioners with tools to use them in their own practice.
If you follow the links, you will find sections on:
The Core Principles of Dorothy's work, including: "now" time, "bondings" and "stewardship"
The "building blocks" of drama work, including "sign," "frame" and the "conventions"
A guide to the Mantle system, including training videos with Luke Abbott. There are also examples of schemes of work created by partners across Europe, as part of an Erasmus+ project
A practical guide to the Commission Model.
A practical guide to the Rolling Role system.
This website is the home of the Mantle Network, which exists to support teachers and practitioners.