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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.


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.

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If you follow the links, you will find sections on:

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

Drama for Learning

The "building blocks" of drama work, including "sign," "frame" and the "conventions"

A Guide to Mantle of the Expert

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


The Commission Model

A practical guide to the Commission Model 

Rolling Role

A 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

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