I01. The Conceptual and Pedagogical Framework

Our drama pedagogical framework and the concepts behind the Demo:Dram project provide a usable framework for teachers of humanities, languages and/or drama to support their practice.

Our drama pedagogical framework offers accessible materials to use, which take into consideration differing educational and cultural contexts across Europe. We have also provided a rationale and justification for our project as well as further educational materials from those involved in the design and delivery of Demo:Dram.

Our drama pedagogy outlines, presents and justifies both the vision and the aims for the project as well as the culturally specific pedagogies used when exploring the relationship between democracy and drama. As a result this is a detailed evidence-informed description of both the training concept and content.

Democracy Through Drama:

I01. Conceptual and Pedagogical Framework

“Being involved in an advisory capacity for the Democracy through Drama initiative was really interesting and useful to my PhD, publication and practice where I am researching identity and positioning through drama. It is wonderful to witness the inclusive drama pedagogy that is being applied in practice with a wide range of colleagues, including teachers of other subjects as well as drama practitioners and students. The work of the Demo:Dram team in the positioning of their participants empowered and engaged us, and we were able to identify features we could draw on in our particular subject areas. We were able to bring in our own expertise, and find new ways we could provide spaces for reflection on democracy for the young people we work with.”

Iona Towler Evans

National Trainer for Mantle of the Expert Drama system

"As a Drama teacher, finding new and innovative ways to improve my pedagogy practice is invaluable. Being involved in the Demo:Dram project proved very helpful and insightful - so much so that I have incorporated elements of the pedagogical strategies into my own Drama lessons and practice with much success. These strategies allow my pupils to explore many subject areas across the curriculum in an exciting and unique way, even when dealing with difficult topics and new perspectives. Not only are these strategies exciting, they are also accessible for a wide range of teachers to use."

Jordana Wilson

Drama Teacher, Smiths Wood Academy, Birmingham

What We Do

Our Drama in Education (DiE) Demo:Dram workshop ideas have been created in partnership with various experts, teachers and educationalists across Europe. Our Demo:Dram workshop ideas aim to provide teachers with inspiration, support and innovative ways to approach the creation of democratic classrooms and democratic spaces for young people.

Democratic Classrooms

We define democratic classrooms as a space for creativity and imagination where the child’s experience is acknowledged, valued, nurtured, encouraged and developed. As part of this, the child is recognised as an individual human being in their own right.

Democratic Awareness

Democratic awareness is gained in situations and experiences when children and young people recognise themselves as equal citizens in their own right. Democratic awareness stresses the importance of the democratic quality of the processes and practices in daily life that determine the shaping of democratic citizens.
Democratic awareness can be obtained through children and young people’s participation in the social services and institutions, and in society more generally.

Student Civic Engagement

Student civic engagement is central to the Demo:Dram project. Through our project, we aim to develop student civic engagement by tackling a commonly held view that young people can be disconnected from wider society. Student civic engagement attempts to interest young people in the values of community, motivate them politically, and heighten awareness of others.

Demo:Dram UK Project Leaders

Want to know more or if we can support you and your school with drama class exercises?
For more information please use the contact form below and we’ll be in contact with you.

Dr Eleni Kanira - Project lead

Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies / Childhood courses Research Co-ordinator / Birmingham City University

BEd./PGCE in Early Childhood Education
MA (Drama Education) & PhD (Education)
PGDip. In Psychoanalytic Infant Observation

Christopher Bolton - Drama lead

Senior Lecturer in Drama Education / Subject Route Leader PGCE Secondary Drama / Research Co-ordinator Secondary & PCET / Birmingham City University

BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Studies with English Literature
MA Performance Analysis
PGCE Secondary Drama

Contact us

Want to know more or if we can support you and your school with drama class exercises? For more information please use the contact form and we’ll be in contact with you.

BCU, City South Campus
Westbourne Road
Birmingham B15 3TN  UK

+44 (0)121 331 5000

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