Teacher Training In-Service Courses

Teacher Training In-Service




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1. Expressive Arts


2. Mathematics

Teacher Evaluations

Absolutely everything. My class have enjoyed ‘Pop’ and we have had a shot of ‘Woosh’ too, which turned an otherwise very boring lesson into something memorable.I was looking at these activities from both a P7 and P1 perspective and I could use everything in both settings with just a wee tweek.Absolutely loved it, it was one of the best sessions we’ve had. And it was fun! I would recommend to all! Kara McMillan, Prestonfield Primary April 2017

The use of music was really impactful.Most of the workshop was adaptable to any stage. It was a very good illustration of how engaging drama can be as a teaching tool. Craig Leask,Prestonfield Primary April 2017

Popcorn games - really quick and easy, very versatile for all ages and topics. Really entertainingand lots of ideas. The leaders of the session were amazing! Daisy, Prestonfield Primary April 2017

The Drama Studio supports creative learning at Canal View Primary School. This involves working directly with children and also developing approaches to the Expressive Arts with teachers. This has been very highly rated by staff and learners. The work was evaluated as one of the strengths in our improvement Plan. The work done has aided us in developing a progression of creative skills. The learners in our P6 class were able to confidently express the value that this has for them in a recent Creative Conversations event, where they spoke of the skills they have developed. The work of The Drama Studio is of the very highest quality. Ann Moore, Head Teacher, Canal View Primary School 2016


3. Creative Drama - Basic and Advanced Courses

4. Literacy

I found the whoosh technique most useful.  I think it will be an effective strategy to use in a writing lesson.  Many of the children find it challenging to draw upon their real life experiences or their imagination when writing.  I think incorporating this technique into writing lessons will help them to formulate ideas prior to writing.I really enjoyed the training session.  It was engaging and fun.  It’s also really useful to actually be involved in the drama, as the children would be.  It gives you an understanding of how the children feel and the challenges that they face.  It’s also easier to remember the techniques if you’ve actually done it as opposed to reading about it or watching someone else do it. Claire Smith, Canal View Feb 2017

I love using drama with children although I am not very confident.  Performing and taking part in activities is usually my biggest fear, doing presentations etc make me ill, however I really enjoyed the session, it was very relaxed and because we all know each other quite well it was easy to get absorbed into the moment and the learning.  It was a great afternoon, thank you. Sue Russell, Canal View Feb 2017

All of it – and actually getting the chance to experience it for myself.  This allowed me to feel totally engaged.

I cannot wait to start working with you again in our bridge topic and I am sure I will learn loads! Christie Dawson, Canal View Feb 2017

I thought the training was great. I have already use woosh with our word boost book and the children remembered their wow words more than if we had just read it aloud together. They got really into it and were caught up in their own imagination. Was great for team work as well. Wanting to do more build a character with them next term. Amanda Carmichael, Canal View Feb 2017

It was fantastic and gave me great ideas to use in the classroom. I really enjoyed Whoosh and I am already using this in my classroom. I really like how it brings stories to life and have found that it is already helping the pupils to show more detail in their writing Thanks you very much for providing a fun and entertaining session with loads of useful teaching techniques. Eilidh Mears, Canal View Feb 2017

I had the pleasure of meeting Julie recently and attending a one-to-one session on delivering drama to pupils in the primary school setting. I found the session extremely worthwhile. It gave me ideas for new, inclusive games where children can develop their creativity through their active participation. It made me look afresh at how I deliver drama and the benefits of moving from predominantly directive teaching to more Teacher in Role work to unleash the children’s natural creativity. I learned a lot from Julie and would highly recommend taking the opportunity to attend any drama courses she is running. Audrey McLeod - Goodlyburn Primary School - June 2016

The in-service day you and your colleague delivered to our school (St Andrews Fraserburgh) was absolutely fantastic and appreciated by all staff!

Some of the staff were a little anxious when I said ‘Drama folk’ were coming to deliver some CPD, with the thought of having to put their voice out there. However, each of them said afterwards, how they were made to feel comfortable by Louise and yourself.

Staff had commented on the creativity of the session, offering people the chance to consider and practise ‘teaching in role’ (TIR). The examples you gave fitted in very well with project work teachers were working on, due to your pre-planned questionnaire.

Staff have since been willing to partake in the challenge you set for them; taking TIR and using it to draw out children’s (and their own) creativity. The packs you provided have helped progress this, and I know teachers have been in contact with you, requesting even more tailored resources! (Which is brilliant.)

You and Louise were truly inspirational, and gave teachers a new avenue to pursue, which will in turn ensure the children of St Andrews School Fraserburgh are given a greater opportunity to demonstrate their creative selves.

Raymond Geddes (St Andrews Primary School, Fraserburgh) - November 2015


5. Social Studies

6. Health And Wellbeing 

The Children were able to apply what they had learned in class to the drama pack - Viking Complete. It flowed nicely with the IDL topic. Children were very creative and really enjoyed it, they looked forward to it every week. As a teacher the lesson plans are very detailed and have the music alongside it. This is great as it means that it cuts my workload down a little as I don’t need to plan this. They are very useful and are very easy to use. Amanda Carmichael , Canal View PS - April 2016

 Am MacIain Play  (Link to Jacobites) - Quotes from E-mail communication with Colin Hunter, Bellsquarry Primary School Oct 2012 through to their performance 2013.

"The pupils were so excited when I mentioned a Jacobites school assembly performance and a possible show to parents.  They were even more thrilled when I showed them the clip from your website as they all wanted to dress up there and then.  It has really inspired them to write their Glencoe Massacre eyewitness account".

"Hi Julie,
Wow!  Your script has really got the pupils engaged and enthralled.  They have been learning their lines and we've been having rehearsals over the last few days.  Even during the Christmas holidays, the children were practising with their scene partners and all they want to do is act.  Some have even created animations based on the Glencoe massacre.  They certainly have caught the drama bug thanks to your script."

"I've been given an assembly date for 'I am MacIain'.  It's on Friday 25th  January and it's now going to be a whole school assembly, plus parents, plus local residents, plus members of the Parent Council Association.  It's just  grown arms and legs and the pupils are so excited about performing.  It's  amazing the buzz going around the P6 class and the interest being generated  at the school gates. Therefore, I was wondering if you still have all the outfits and equipment  for hire?  If you have, that's great."

8. Scots Language

7. Interdisciplinary Learning -  The Drama Studio can provide you with IDL Plans based on your Topics within the curriculum areas listed here and will detail the creative and interactive activities within.This will seriously cut down on your term's planning and will only cost £20-£30+VAT

E-mail us to request a Sample Plan - julie@thedramastudio.com


In December 2015 The Drama Studio provided a draft script for the annual Scots Night about  wax figures which come to life. The script was based on famous figures from Scottish history and allowed the children to gain an insight into the influence they have had  on Scottish culture today.   This basic script allowed the learners at Bonaly to add their own scenes and characters which gave it a personal feel.  A name was selected for the play and ‘The Awfy Braw Bonaly Waxworks’ was created.  

We hired costumes from the Drama Studio which allowed our pupils to really get into character. The performance was great and it was lovely to have the staff from the Drama Studio there to see how the children had used the original script. Linda Darroch DHT Bonaly School May 2016


Reviews From St Andrews Primary School Fraserburgh

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Roslin School Evaluation comments on The Book Week:

"Brilliant lesson-both myself and the pupils clearly loved it!"

"Varied age and abilities but made it accessible for all of them". 

"It helps to embed things into their minds. Always amazing to see how much information the children have absorbed."

 Drama Studio Lesson Plan Reviews 

"Your lesson plans are amazing! I'm delighted I came across your website. It's difficult to come up with lesson plan after lesson plan every week so your material will add new life to my speech and drama classes." Kelly

"A huge thankyou for all your help and advice over the past few weeks - you have been amazing!" Rachel Finnie - Greasepaint Academy

"Treasure island was a great success. We had 1 Director, 1 stage Assistant, 2 props and 17 players!" Joanne Grech

"Great scheme of work." Terry Ward (The Great Fire of London) 

"As always Julie a massive thank you!! I really don't know what I would do without you! Yes please to the pack, that should really help to guide me in the right direction."Thanks again, Rachel Miller

"The Children were able to apply what they had learned in class to the drama pack - Viking Complete. It flowed nicely with the IDL topic. Children were very creative and really enjoyed it, they looked forward to it every week. Amanda Carmichael, Canal View Primary School 2016 


Quotations Taken From Primary School Teacher Training Evaluation led by Julie McDonald (The Drama Studio) and Ann Moore (HT Canal View Primary School) 

 "Excellent-quite captivating." Graysmill School Teacher

"I have already used a number of course ideas with my class. I really feel my confidence in drama and storytelling is back !" Oxgangs Teacher

"Excellent practical ideas. I would love a follow-up course." Wardie Teacher

"This was a fantastic course. I would be extremely interested in a follow-up course."  Silverknowes teacher 

Nursery School Training Course Reviews For Cameron House Nursery led by Louise Arbuckle

"So much content was covered in each session-very thorough planning to give us the best opportunities possible in the timeavailable and just right for the children. Very good value both professionally and financially."  Chris McCormick Head, Teacher

"A truly talented drama specialist who had the children and adults gripped." Arlene Hay, Nursery Nurse

"Drama lessons in the nursery have helped our children to develop confidence,  self-esteem and a sense of security. The sessions are stimulating and fun. I would thoroughly recommend these lessons to pre-school providers." (Irene Clayton - James Gillespie's) 

Ex- Student's Evaluations

Read our ex-students testimonials here :

The Days Never Know What Only The Years Can Tell


To make a General Booking Enquiry please e-mail julie@thedramastudio.com


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