Critical Curriculum Podcast

Created for non-specialist teachers in primary and secondary school

A New Direction's Critical Curriculum Podcast is hosted by Naranee Ruthra-Rajan and Andria Zafirakou. Each episode will uncover different areas and approaches to learning not often taught or neglected and explore what teachers can do to make space for them in their classrooms. 

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Episode 1: How can we support children's wellbeing through drama?

(this podcast is also available to download and listen to on multiple streaming platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Listen Notes and more)

In the first episode of the Critical Curriculum podcast series, our hosts chat to special guests Hannah Joyce and Aileen Gonsalves about drama as a subject and a tool to utilise across the curriculum.

With awareness of the reticence some teachers may have, Hannah and Aileen give insights, strategies and techniques for teachers to takeaway and utilise in their classroom, including ideas for games, warm up exercises and teacher-in-role style activities.

If you’re already an experienced performer in your classroom or dipping your toe into dramatic waters for the first time, this podcast will support you in exploring your uniqueness as a teacher and how utilising drama can support your students in many different ways.

Resources and Mentions

Meet the Hosts

Meet the Speakers

Special thanks to:

Audio Producer: Mae-Li Evans

Music composed by Fever Woolf Productions

Have a topic in mind you'd like us to explore? You can contact us about the Critical Curriculum podcast by emailing

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