‘It’s not your ordinary lesson, is it!’
Innovative, enquiry-based methods of teaching across the curriculum
MANTLE OF THE EXPERT
THE COMMISSION MODEL
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:
We have a produced a guide to the Mantle system. It includes training videos with Luke Abbott.
Examples of schemes of work created by partners across Europe, as part of an Erasmus+ project
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