Our Associate Schools Programme is to partner with schools and theatres in Skegness, Coventry, Peterborough, Corby and Hartlepool.

The RSC Associate Schools Programme, aimed at improving learning and opportunities for young people, is expanding, with new partnerships in five towns across the country.

Skegness, Coventry, Peterborough, Corby and Hartlepool will join 26 existing partnerships across the country in areas of structural disadvantage.

The partnerships feed into local plans to use arts and culture as a tool for regeneration and boosting health, well-being and opportunities for young people, using a theatre-based approach to learning to help children unlock their full potential.

Schools who join the programme learn how to use the same techniques that actors use in rehearsals to explore Shakespeare’s plays, and devise bespoke programmes tailored to their local young people. 


Find out about our work in Blackpool

Associate Schools Programme Expansion 2023 Watch video 


Find out about our brand new partnership in Skegness

A sandcastle on Blackpool beach with an RSC flag in the top and a spade Watch video 

Jacqui O’Hanlon, RSC Director of Learning and National Partnerships

“We work in partnership with schools and communities from Truro to Newcastle upon Tyne. All face unique challenges and research shows us that young people who experience an arts rich education tend to do better in school, get a better job and live healthier and more fulfilling lives.

"We know talent and potential are everywhere, but opportunity isn’t. We are driven by the belief that all young people should have access to an arts-rich education as we know this can have a major impact on their life chances.”

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