Information for School Senior Leadership

How Does It Work? 

Our dramatherapists work in a school on the same day each week during term time. Our therapists offer both individual and group sessions, and can typically offer up to five sessions per school day. Our school dramatherapy services are tailored to best meet the needs of each school. 

Students that participate in dramatherapy will be referred by their school and parental consent for children will be obtained prior to the sessions beginning. Consent from the participant will be obtained by the therapist in a first meeting at school. Our therapists will invite parents to come to school for a meeting pre/post therapy where appropriate.  

Dramatherapists will see the same students each week and arrange a schedule, so that students and their teachers are aware of their designated session time. 

Dramatherapists work independently as a part of your school team, liaising with appropriate staff members and managing the school service themselves. In situations where your school may have a therapy department they can also work to integrate and work within the multidisciplinary team. 

Our therapists maintain clinical records in accordance with Heath Care Professions Council, and The British Association of Dramatherapy.

Our team of dramatherapists receive regular supervision from our management team.

What is required of Schools?

When exploring dramatherapy for your school you will be asked to sign a service level agreement with our management team. This is a contract that covers the financial aspect of the work, the duration the work will take place, and aspects that your school will agree to provide in order for the dramatherapy to take place such as: 

  • A Room For The Therapist to Work

School’s provide a consistent and confidential space for dramatherapy. 

This will be a room that is able to be booked consistently on the day per week that the dramatherapy service takes place. 

It’s important that dramatherapy sessions are not interrupted, therefore rooms that hold items/resources that staff may need access to are not recommended. 

Rooms with glass walls/large internal glass windows are not suitable unless there are working blinds, as the session would be visible to others outside the therapy space, and this impedes confidentiality. Sound confidentiality is also considered when identifying a session room. 

Schools will also be able to provide an area for the dramatherapist to store materials used in dramatherapy sessions securely. Ideally this is within the session room itself. 

  • A Member of School Staff to act as Lead Contact

A school staff member to liaise with the dramatherapist and support the service

This is usually a member of the senior leadership team, or designated safeguarding officer. This staff member will be aware of sensitive student information and will be able to identify appropriate students for referrals to the dramatherapy service. 

This staff member will meet with the dramatherapist briefly each week when the therapist is onsite, typically at the start of the therapy day. This supports the service to run smoothly. School Lead Contact will also be able to make introductions with teachers of pupils the dramatherapist will be working with. 

Should school’s require reports to support meetings for example: EHCP, CIN/CP, the Lead Contact for the school will request these from the therapist with notice, and will receive reports to share where appropriate. 

Unless additional reports are requested typically therapists will provide the Lead Contact with dramatherapy ending reports (at the end of a therapeutic intervention) and interim reports at the end of the summer term (if pupils are set to continue their therapy in the new school year).

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