Creative INSET: Using theatre & performance to promote pupils' wellbeing - 2 December 2020

Using theatre and performance to promote pupils' mental health and emotional wellbeing in response to the pandemic

A New Direction’s Creative INSET programme offers a series of free, online CPD sessions for teachers at any stage of their career working in primary, secondary and special schools.

The sessions are designed to inspire and re-energise teachers, giving you time and space to experience new creative approaches and reflect on how you can embed these in your practice. Each session will teach specialist skills which can easily be transferred to the classroom.

About this INSET

This session will emphasise the importance of inclusion and access to theatre and performance as a way to maintain and promote pupils' mental health and wellbeing. Join facilitators from artsdepot as we reflect on the impacts COVID-19 has had on pupils' emotional wellbeing and explore how the arts can be used to address them.

We will discuss the benefits theatre and performance can have for young people – from creating opportunities for self-expression, to feeling part of a community, and emphasising process over outcome. We will also connect to themes highlighted in discussions from Barnet Cultural Education Partnership’s Health and Wellbeing Working Group.

Through practical explorations, the session will share examples of good practice in drama and provide participants with useable tools which they can employ in their own context. Participants will learn how to deliver a range of accessible drama activities which have been designed to support wellbeing and self-expression, and encourage pupils to take part in projects.

About artsdepot

artsdepot is a cultural hub in Barnet with a diverse programme of shows ranging from theatre to comedy and dance. As well as presenting an impactful and broad creative programme, encouraging artistic innovation and supporting artist development, we also engage with people of all ages through our extensive participation programme.

artsdepot leads on Barnet Cultural Education Partnership, supporting the development of relationships between local schools and arts organisations and overseeing a micro-grant fund.

Who is this session for?

This event is suitable for KS1–5 teachers and teaching assistants working in London schools. The session is suitable for all disciplines and educational settings with an interest in creative learning.

We regret that this session is not open to colleagues from cultural organisations or freelancers working with schools.

Please note: this session is designed for participation and attendees will be asked to have their cameras on

Image credit: Roger Brown for A New Direction

Event Details




02 December 2020


11:00AM 1:00PM



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