‘It’s not your ordinary lesson, is it!’


Innovative, enquiry-based methods of teaching across the curriculum





Dorothy Heathcote 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:


A Guide to Mantle of the Expert

We have a produced a guide to the Mantle system. It includes training videos with Luke Abbott.


Mantle in Europe

Examples of schemes of work created by partners across Europe, as part of an Erasmus+ project


The Commission Model

A guide to the Commission Model. Includes training videos with Luke Abbott and David Allen.


We are planning to start a new project shortly on Rolling Role; and will be adding new webpages in due course.


This website is the home of the West Midlands Mantle of the Expert 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


T (+44) 121 608 7144  or (+44) 7946 006511    Email: david@mantlenetwork.com