Associate Schools Programme

The Associate Schools Programme is our new partnership programme with regional theatres and schools across England.

Our Associate Schools programme builds on the success of the Learning and Performance Network (LPN) which celebrated its ten year anniversary in July 2016.

Over the past 10 years the LPN has worked in long term partnership with 507 schools, 11 regional theatres, 1,320 teachers and reached an estimated 690,000 students.

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Evaluation of the LPN by the teachers, head teachers, students and theatre partners involved has been overwhelmingly positive and can be found in our publication '10 Years of Transforming Experiences of Shakespeare' and in 'The Learning and Performance Network Final Impact Evaluation Report 2016'.

"100% of surveyed hub and cluster school teachers reported that participation in the LPN programme had enhanced their skills, knowledge and confidence in the teaching of Shakespeare."
LPN evaluation report

Building on the inheritance of the LPN, the fundamental ambition of the Associate Schools Programme remains the same: to bring about a significant change in the way young people experience, engage with, and take ownership of the work of Shakespeare. Teachers will learn to explore Shakespeare with their students in the way actors do in a rehearsal room, using dynamic, active approaches.

The programme is open to secondary, primary and special state schools in England and we seek to recruit schools that serve areas of relatively high socio-economic deprivation.

"This is the missing bit in education…it has rejuvenated my teaching practice, the best thing we’ve ever done." 
Classroom Teacher, LPN Evaluation Report 2016 

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Associate school partners

  • Archibald Primary School, Middlesbrough

  • Bradford College, Bradford

  • The Canterbury Academy, Kent

  • Captain’s Close Primary, Melton Mowbray

  • Crook Primary School, Durham

  • Eastbury Community School, Barking

  • King Ethelbert School, Kent

  • Lings Primary School, Northampton

  • Our Lady of the Assumption, Blackpool

  • Launceston College, Cornwall

  • St Mary’s College, Hull

  • Nelson Mandela Primary School, Birmingham

  • Primary 6 Partnership (P6P), Nottingham

  • Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle

  • Springhead Primary School, North Staffordshire

  • Treviglas Community College, Cornwall

  • Uxbridge High School

  • York High School, York

Associate theatre partners

  • The Alhambra Theatre (Bradford Theatres)

  • The Grand Theatre Blackpool

  • Hall for Cornwall

  • Hull Truck Theatre

  • Intermission Youth Theatre

  • The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

  • The New Vic Theatre

  • Newcastle Theatre Royal

  • Northern Stage

  • The Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham

  • York Theatre Royal

Shakespeare for everyone

Help us make Shakespeare and theatre-going vivid, accessible and fun for young people. As a charity with £4 million to raise every year the support of our audience is vital in making those first experiences really count.  Please consider making a donation. 

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