The Associate Schools programme is the RSC's new partnership programme with Regional Theatres and schools across England.
The RSC 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.
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.
'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