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SCHOOL DRAMA STOPS PUPILS FROM ACTING UP

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Head teachers are calling for drama lessons to be made compulsory in schools because they believe it would improve ...
Head teachers are calling for drama lessons to be made compulsory in schools because they believe it would improve the behaviour and exam prospects of disruptive pupils, reported The Sunday Telegraph (p21).

The Secondary Heads Association will issue a plea this week amid concerns that the performing arts are being marginalised in some schools because of pressure to concentrate on mainstream subjects. Its campaign is being backed by leading actors.

Peter Miller, chairman of the SHA's working party on drama, suggests the biggest advantage is the way acting can enthuse trouble-makers who have lost interest in other subjects. He will refer to evidence from schools around the country, including the once-notorious Ridings School in Halifax which used drama to capture the imagination of difficult pupils.
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