Jo Stuart and James Walsh
Following a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies at Kent University, Jo did a PGCE in Drama with English at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Jo has over twenty years' experience in teaching drama across the age and ability range and is now Associate Head teacher at Glenthorne High School where she was previously Head of Drama from 1994 until 2001. In her MA in Education, Jo completed a unit on leadership of Drama in schools and her dissertation focused on developing an effective KS3 Drama Curriculum. Through her work with the SSAT, Jo worked with a number of schools on how to use Arts teaching and learning strategies across the school to raise standards. This work took her to Melbourne, Australia, where she presented a paper at a conference and worked with a school in Melbourne on developing their Arts practice. Working as an Ofsted Inspector has given Jo an understanding of Drama practice across a range of different types of schools.
James has been a successful drama teacher for the past 10 years. He has held responsibilities as subject leader and lead practitioner. Recently, he has become an Assistant Head teacher with responsibilities for pastoral systems within the school. As subject leader he successful managed a department of seven who were able to achieve outstanding results across all key stages. He also took responsibility for developing curriculum content for vocational courses delivered within the department. This included musical theatre, technical theatre and acting. He also successfully launched the Drama Academy; a key stage 5 course with the aim of preparing students for a course in Drama & Theatre at Higher Education.
As a Lead Practitioner, James also was responsible for developing and leading whole school inset on active engagement across the curriculum as well as subject specific training sessions for the PGCE Drama course at Goldsmiths University. His work as a Lead Practitioner also allowed him to develop Drama within the primary school and James successfully developed a CPD training course which allowed colleagues within the primary sector to use Drama in order to promote literacy skills at Key Stage.