Drama Education is often described as a 'natural pedagogy' and enables students to develop their understanding of the world, relationships, culture and society. It is a mirror for real life. The nature of Drama work requires students to work collaboratively with others, explore moral and ethical issues from a range of perspectives and use their knowledge of the world to communicate with an audience. In the Drama process, students have rich and stimulating opportunities to develop as confident individuals, successful learners, responsible citizens and effective contributors.
The Drama department comprises three specialist teachers who run a small and highly active discreet department within the Creative and Aesthetic Faculty. The Drama staff teach across the 11-18 age range. A wide range of courses and experiences are on offer in Drama including SQA qualifications, opportunities for performance and visits to theatres, access to industry professionals, career related guidance and support and specialist after school activities. The Drama department promotes wider individual achievement as well as academic success.
Broughton High Drama Department benefits from outstanding facilities and resources including a fully equipped Drama Studio for learning and performances and a fully equipped Drama classroom. Both Drama rooms are equipped with full lighting and sound facilities. In addition, the department also houses a set and props store and a costume wardrobe.
The Theatre seats 194 and is purpose built for small and mid-scale productions, and fully equipped with lighting and sound facilities. The theatre is a shared space, used by Drama, Dance and Music for rehearsals and to stage productions throughout the year.
Our industry-standard Theatre is a resource for Drama students to produce school productions through Broughton Youth Theatre and for training in stage craft, presentation, design, theatre arts and technologies. Many of these skills are transferable to a range of other disciplines and mediums.
Curriculum for Excellence
Broughton Drama and Dance staff sit on the CfE steering group for Expressive Arts for the City of Edinburgh. As part of this development towards Curriculum for Excellence, teachers are working together to develop programmes of study in Drama which promote active learning, develop creativity and promote literacy and ICT across learning in the subject. Drama is offered as part of the core curriculum for all S1 and S2 students (CfE Stage 3). In S3/4 (CfE Stage 4), National 4 and 5 Drama is offered leading to further learning through a range of senior courses. in S5/6 (CfE stage 5) students call follow SQA certificate courses at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher levels. In S5/6 students can also opt for the Creative Industries course investigating careers in the theatre and honing their skills in preparation for college, university or work in the industry. In addition to class time, students very often work on in the department well after the normal school day is finished, either to improve or finish practical course work or, as is more often the case, to rehearse for examination and public performances.