Ringsfield Hall

Ringsfield Hall

MoE at Ringsfield Hall

Residential training weekends for beginners, experienced and advanced users of Mantle of the Expert.

These residential courses are ideal for both newcomers and experienced users. Running from Friday night until Sunday lunchtime, they contain a series of practical workshops exploring all the fundamental skills of drama, planning and teaching needed to make Mantle of the Expert work. The weekends are led by two trainers from the national team, Luke Abbott, a former student of Dorothy Heathcote and expert in dramatic-inquiry, and Tim Taylor a freelance teacher and author of A Beginner’s Guide to Mantle of the Expert.

Running since 2005, these courses are extremely popular and have proved successful in training hundreds of teachers in the use of the approach, both nationally and internationally. In recent years we have had delegates from Japan, Switzerland, Spain, Romania, Canada, and France.

To book a place for Mantle of the Expert at Ringsfield Hall please visit our online booking page.

Resources pack for the weekend

The weekends are of three kinds:

1. Getting Started/Consolidating

Suitable for both complete beginners and those who have already had a go and want to find out more.

A two-day training weekend for teachers, school-leaders, classroom assistants, and students interested in using Mantle of the Expert across the Key Stages.

Run as a series of practice-based workshops, participants will be involved in a series of MoE contexts – experiencing ‘being inside the work’. They explore:

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2. Developing Advanced Use

This course is for experienced users of the approach.

Participants will explore, through a series of examples, the use of multiple conventions and signs systems to create engaging contexts for curriculum learning.

There will be opportunities for participants to create and facilitate their own dramatic sequences during the weekend.

Note: For more information on the syllabus for these courses please consult the programme for becoming a trained user of mantle of the expert.

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3. Advanced Practitioners and Trainers

This two weekend course is designed for advanced practitioners looking to develop their own practice and aiming to train others. It will use the immersive method, familiar to those who have attended weekends in the past, exploring the approach in great depth, particularly the dimensions of drama for learning and teacher-in-role.

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Ringsfield Hall is a beautiful Victorian country house situated in the Suffolk countryside close to the village of Beccles. Now used as an Ecology Study Centre, the house is run by an educational Trust who believe learning should be meaningful, practical and useful to children in a world with a sustainable future.

For more details visit the centre’s website: www.ringsfield-hall.co.uk


Each weekend costs £300 + VAT including full-board from Friday tea-time to Sunday lunch-time.  £250 inclusive for students. 

Delegates are welcome to use the facilities of the study centre during the weekend, including the gardens and games room.

Online Booking

For more information on these weekends please email Tim Taylor

To book a place for Mantle of the Expert at Ringsfield Hall please visit our online booking page.

Please click here to read Information Letter detailing what to expect on the weekend in terms of timings, accommodation and food.

Click here for more information on the syllabus for the weekend training

Terms and Conditions

For information on cancellations, transfers and substitutions please refer to our terms and conditions page


11 Responses to “Ringsfield Hall”

  1. Richard Kieran (Headteacher) Says:
    March 5th, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Just a brief note to thank Tim and Luke for the training in Mantle of the Expert at Ringsfield Hall. Helen and Lou came back so fired up with ideas which are already being used with the children. We will be booking future places – it is changing teachers and changing children.

  2. Jan Buley, Canada Says:
    March 5th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    The weekend M of the E weekend at Ringsfield Hall was pure magic from beginning to end. Building on Dorothy Heathcote’s legacy, Luke and Tim shared their expertise authentically and passionately–and the entire experience is transformational for educators at all levels. As a university drama educator, I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with student teachers and colleagues. And the info about asking better questions? Fantastico!! JBuley

  3. Bara Dockalova Says:
    March 5th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Thank you very much for this great weekend! It was absolutely worth coming all the way from Prague. There were many things I had already read about Mantle of the Expert, but I was missing a direct experience with it. Now I have it, and I also understand a lot more about planning. The weekend was very well organized and extremely useful! I hope I can come again and bring some colleagues with me.

  4. Helen Bailey Says:
    March 10th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Thank you so much for such an inspiring weekend. Lou and I returned to work on Monday full of new ideas! My area for professional development within the three dimensions of MoE was inquiry. I re-planned a lesson based around drama using the skills I had learnt on this weekend. Wow! The results were amazing. The children were asking a lot more questions and analysing situations but also discussing ways of improving and developing the situation we were in within our story. A big thank you Luke and Tim for teaching me the skills I needed to support this area of my development.

  5. Louise Paxton Says:
    March 12th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I would like to say a very big thank you to Luke and Tim for a thoroughly enjoyable weekend. My head has been spinniing with information, ideas and above all excitement!! Couldn’t wait to get back to school and put into practice the knowledge, skills and understanding I had obtained because of your exceptional talents regarding teaching and Mantle. Looking forward to the next training sessions we have together.

  6. Angharad and Laura Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    The weekend really consolidated my learning and gave me fresh ideas on how to engage children in a meaningful way

    This is the most comprehensive and practical training available on Mantle of the Expert

    Having practiced MOE in many schools, this course gave me new skills and ideas to take to the classroom

    This course is essential for any teacher or practitioner looking to practice Mantle of the Expert

    Mantle of the Expert has revolutionised the way we work in schools and this course is jam packed with ideas of how to develop a mantle.

  7. Kim Anthony Says:
    April 2nd, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Are there any Mantle of the Expert workshops scheduled in the United States?

  8. Tim Taylor Says:
    April 2nd, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Hello Kim. The person to contact is Prof Brian Edmiston at Ohio State University – http://people.ehe.osu.edu/bedmiston/

    Hope that is helpful

  9. Angela Tarrant Says:
    April 30th, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Dear Luke and Tim

    Following our fantastic training last term we are wanting to try and get the whole teachingstaff up for the initial course in October. This would be at least 13 staff. Could you tell me if you would have the space and also if there would be any discount for a large number (being cheek) . Many thanks


  10. Tim Taylor Says:
    May 5th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Thank you and yes we do give discounts for large bookings. Did you get my email on 1 May?

  11. Dawn Tolley Says:
    November 9th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Thank you so much Luke and Tim for a thoroughly enjoyable weekend and for the opportunity to work with you both. Being new to mantle of the expert this whole experience has fuelled my interest and enthusiasm even more and I am keen to put the skills I have learnt into practice at school.