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The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) is one of the oldest drama schools in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1861, it quickly established itself as a centre of excellence in performance training. LAMDA has provided theatre and the world of film and television with generation upon generation of first-class actors and expertly-trained stage managers across the world.
LAMDA began offering speech examinations to the public in the 1880s. Since then, these examinations have been refined and developed into a comprehensive system of performance evaluation by experts in education, acting and communication. In addition to being the UK’s largest statutory speech and drama awarding body, LAMDA Examinations has a reputation for excellence across the globe.
Our mission is to:
- improve standards in communication through the spoken word
- foster an appreciation of literature, poems and drama
- acknowledge levels of achievement
- support the creative, intellectual and social development of the individual as a whole.
LAMDA examinations are designed to equip learners, whatever their age or aspirations, with a range of skills that will serve them throughout life.
Preparation for an examination can:
- unlock the imagination and creative-thinking
- develop communication skills
- refine technical skills and artistry
- promote team-working.
The examinations themselves provide learners with an opportunity to:
- measure progress against an international standard
- make contact with expert practitioner examiners outside the immediate teaching environment
- build self-confidence and self-esteem
- acquire skill certification for career development
- receive critical appraisal and guidance for future development.
The range of exam options supports progression and allows the learner to extend personal and vocational skills whilst realising their potential.
Statement on the Use of Languages
English is used and explicitly expressed in all specifications/syllabi and assessment materials. The language used in all specifications/syllabi and assessment materials is explicit, plain, free from bias and appropriate to the examination.
Whilst LAMDA offers examinations in Ireland and Wales, it does not offer examinations using Welsh or Irish (Gaeilge) languages.
This position statement includes the use of the language in the Using Spoken English examination offered by LAMDA Examinations.
Statement on the Safeguarding of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
LAMDA Examinations believes that every child, young person and vulnerable adult has the right to be safe and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every child, young person and vulnerable adult engaged in its qualifications. All staff and its associates including examiners and stewards working on behalf of LAMDA Examinations are required to accept this responsibility and are committed to practices that protect children, young people and vulnerable adults.
LAMDA Examinations will endeavor to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults by:
- adhering to child protection procedures developed by the awarding organisation in accordance with current regulatory requirements
- following carefully best practice procedures for recruitment and selection of staff, and associates
- raising awareness of all staff whilst also providing effective management for staff and associates through support and training
- reporting any concerns to the appropriate authorities.
If you have any queries or concerns relating to LAMDA Examinations Safeguarding of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults please contact the Qualifications Development Manager.