Purpose of Study

"The future of our nation depends on our ability to create-and to be creative. During the coming decades our most important national resources will be human resources. If our nation is to continue to meet the challenges of the future, today's schools need to develop creative leaders."

At the centre of all Drama is COMMUNICATION. Like all the arts, Drama allows students to communicate with and understand others in new ways. It can CHALLENGE STUDENTS’ PERCEPTIONS about their world and about themselves. Dramatic exploration can provide students with an outlet for emotions, thoughts, and dreams that they might not otherwise have means to express. A student can, if only for a few moments, BECOME ANOTHER, explore a new role, try out and experiment with various personal choices and solutions to very real problems-problems from their own life, or problems faced by characters in literature or historical figures. This can happen in a SAFE ATMOSPHERE, where actions and consequences can be examined, discussed, and in a very real sense EXPERIENCED without the dangers and pitfalls that such experimentation would obviously lead to in the "real" world. Students in Drama will learn to WORK TOGETHER, to cooperate, to find the best way for each member of a group to contribute, and to listen to and accept the viewpoints and contributions of others. Students who have participated in Dramatic activities are less likely to have difficulty SPEAKING IN PUBLIC, will be more PERSUASIVE in their communications, both written and oral, will be better able to put themselves into others' shoes and relate to them, and will have a more POSITIVE, CONFIDENT SELF IMAGE.

About the Department

Drama at Little Lever School ensures that students succeed in developing skills that they can transfer across the curriculum and it is essential that it supports other subjects. It is taught across one lesson a week in Years 7 and 8 and can be chosen as an option subject at Key Stage 4 , taught across three lessons a week. Drama offers students the opportunity to improve communication and independent learning skills. It allows students of all abilities to experience a level of success and achievement no matter what their degree of participation, and therefore increases a young person’s confidence and self-esteem.

As well as Drama being part of the curriculum, we strive as a department to offer high quality extra-curricular activities that all students can access. The annual school musical and drama clubs mean that students can enjoy, thrive in a creative environment and reach their full potential. We also run a New York and London theatre and arts based trips.


Essential Mix is the key knowledge and skills that a Year 7 or 8 student must have mastered to progress to the following year.

Click on the link below to view the drama Year 7 Essential Mix:


Click on the link below to view the dram Year 8 Essential Mix:


This is the course run by drama for Years 9, 10 and 11. The link takes you to the specifications of the course.

GCSE Drama (AQA)