Since drama became an element of the English curriculum, many teachers are meeting
with the subject for the first time.
Her INSET training is interactive but also offers practical advice, at a basic level,
founded on experienced classroom teaching.
As a drama trained specialist, Mary offers INSET training for teachers using drama
within the Drama/English National Curriculum.
Her many years’ experience in teaching pupils with low literacy skills offers realistic
and practical suggestions.
She will address particular issues of teaching raised by staff attending the INSET
“As a former teacher Mary Carr is well used to dealing with youngsters and was quickly
able to gain their attention and keep it.”
Miss G. Johnson, High Storrs School, Sheffield.
Mary, a trained and experienced class teacher, is regularly asked for her speciality
workshops to improve literacy skills for all abilities within KS3 and KS4. She is
particularly skilled in working with special needs pupils and those in referral units.
She generates an enthusiasm for reading and writing.
As a playwright, Mary teaches creative writing as prose, poetry or playwriting, based
on preceding drama workshops (often inspired by performances of her plays).
Through practical drama workshops the students create an atmosphere which is then
translated into a written form in class - to be further developed by the subject
teacher in class afterwards.
Mary is a trained and experienced drama specialist having held drama posts in schools
in addition to being the director of three different youth theatre groups for a total
of fifteen years and having worked as a professional actress for twenty years.
She was trained at Bretton Hall by John Hodgson, one of the leading exponents at
that time of improvisation, which has been the basis of all her teaching.
Work with Theatre Studies students in play-devising and improvisation is a speciality.
She also offers workshops to enhance the performance skills of students.
Her way of working, using improvisation, helps give the students a greater understanding
of the play and an in-depth portrayal of the characters, thus achieving a more professional
standard of performance.
She has also worked extensively in learning support units and special schools in
teaching Drama workshops to years 7-10, enhancing their confidence and self-expression.