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On 25 February at 11.30am (UK time), David Allen is giving an online talk on

Teacher Planning in Mantle of the Expert. 


Teachers often wonder about how to plan a Mantle project. Where do you start? In this online talk, David will look at Dorothy's own approach to planning, and offer tips and guidance. The session is suitable for teachers and practitioners working at primary and secondary levels.


The cost is £2. For further details, go to:


The session will be self-contained but is also designed as a "curtain raiser" to the forthcoming online course "Mantle of the Expert: Advanced Online Certificate Course" which starts March 3rd. 


This course runs over 10 weekly sessions. It is aimed at teachers and practitioners who have some experience in the system. The course is also led by David Allen. It will look at different aspects of Mantle including: teacher in role; teacher language; drama conventions; and assessment. It will also offer guidance in planning, and individual and group support to participants in developing their own projects.


Fee for the full course: £80.00 “Early Bird” rate (before 19 February); £95.00 after 19 Feb.

For more details and to book, go to:

Organised by the Online School of Drama


We have formed a new monthly online Mantle Network Seminar Group, to offer guidance and training in Mantle of the Expert, and other aspects of Dorothy Heathcote’s work; and provide a support network to teachers and practitioners. The group is now fully booked; but we will be offering more opportunities for training, mentoring and support in future - watch this space! 

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This is a recording of a Network event, in which we discussed the benefits and challenges of working through Mantle. Contributors include Brian Edmiston, Iona Towler Evans, Cecily O’Neill, Vaishali Chakravarty, Richard Kieran, Lisa Hinton, David Allen, and more.  

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. 


As part of the 2023 "Dorothy Heathcote Now" conference, we ran a series of free online events.


The first featured David Montgomery, who shared his memories of working with Dorothy at New York University (see video).

The second session featured Brian Edmiston and Iona Towler-Evans, talking about "Humanizing Teaching with Dramatic Inquiry," and sharing examples from their recent practice.

In the third session, Viv Aitken and Tim Taylor discussed the realities of Mantle of the Expert around the world.

More videos from the series to follow shortly!

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This website is dedicated to the work of Dorothy Heathcote


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: drama used to explore people, circumstances and events; Mantle of the Expert; Rolling Role; and the Commission Model.

This website explores all four models, and provides teachers and practitioners with tools to use them in their own practice.

This website is the home of the Mantle Network, which exists to support teachers and practitioners. It offers special events, projects in schools, and coaching and mentoring. Click here to find out more about the Network, and the projects we have done in schools. To contact us, click here

You can also find information on Dorothy Heathcote and Mantle of the Expert, on the website

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