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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. This website is dedicated to her work.

Over one hundred people attended the recent Dorothy Heathcote Now 2022 conference, organised by Midland Actors Theatre and University College London, in association with the Mantle Network and the Institute of English Studies, University of Lodz. There was a full programme of talks, discussions and practical workshops. There was an international line-up of presenters including Cecily O'Neill, Stig A. Eriksson, Maggie Hulson, David Allen, Geoff Readman and Carmel O'Sullivan. Videos and other materials from the conference will be posted shortly.

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ABOUT THIS WEBSITE

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 is dedicated to these four models. It provides teachers and practitioners with tools to use them in their own practice.

If you click on the following titles, you will find sections on:

The Core Principles of Dorothy's work, including: "now" time, "bondings" and "stewardship"

Drama for LearningThe "building blocks" of drama work, including "sign," "frame" and the "conventions"

A Guide to Mantle of the ExpertA guide to the Mantle system, including videos, and examples of schemes of work

 

The Commission ModelA practical guide to the Commission Model 

Rolling RoleA practical guide to the Rolling Role system 

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 www.mantleoftheexpert.com

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