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Creative Learning

Creative learning

We offer a range of activities and support materials for schools and colleges:

Beginners, Please! Primary Schools Programme
Secondary Schools Programme 
Work Experience
Wiltshire and Swindon Cultural Education Partnership (W&SCEP)


Beginners, Please! Primary Schools Programme

This project, for Key Stages 1 & 2, delivers curriculum and social development through workshops in schools, attendance at productions at the theatre and their own performances staged at Salisbury Playhouse supported by professionals. Schools can choose from a menu of activities to suit their needs.

One participating school said:

OFSTED gave our English curriculum 'Outstanding' due to this project.

Click here to view the Beginners, Please! menu

Click here to view the Teachers' Handbook

Beginners, Please! Booking Form

For more information contact our Creative Learning Officer on 01722 345174 or email becky.mills@wiltshirecreative.co.uk.


Secondary Schools Programme 

Our programme of activities aimed at secondary schools for 2019/20 covers a range of activities for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 students studying both English and Performing Arts/Drama

Over the course of 2017/18 we worked with several secondary schools providing them with bespoke workshops to support classroom teaching and enrich the lives of young people. The list below is only an idea of what we have on offer; please let us know of any specific aspect of English, Drama or theatre production that you would like our support with.

KS3 Original Drama Competition Final
Last year we received scripts from over 50 young people who took part in our competition. Six were presented in The Salberg as rehearsed readings in July and from that three were selected. These will now be performed on Monday 25 February by FE drama students at Theatre Fest West 2019.

The competition will be back in September 2019.

Teresa Jones, English and Drama teacher at Sarum Academy whose students took part in the 2016/17 competition said:  

The experience of working with professionals who took the writing seriously and allowed opportunity to adapt and experiment with the writing is a process that has given the pupils increased confidence in their own ability and imaginative concepts.  Watching their plays performed will be a life memory and a hugely important part of their academic journey. 

For more information contact our Creative Learning Officer on 01722 345174 or email becky.mills@wiltshirecreative.co.uk.

View the full programme here


Work Experience

Wiltshire Creative offers work placements to students studying in years 10-13, giving an opportunity to experience a working week within a variety of departments, in a busy producing theatre.  Work placements are offered through an application and interview process only.  We try our best to accommodate work placements throughout the year where possible but can only accept two work experience candidates at any one time.

Higher Education and CPD opportunities are also available and offered after application in specific areas of producing theatre.  This experience can be for 1 week or more as appropriate.

A limited number of work experience placements are available.  To apply for a work placement, please download and complete the application form and return it to the Take Part department either via email at takepart@wiltshirecreative.co.uk or post to Take Part at Wiltshire Creative, Salisbury Playhouse, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 7RA.

Potential candidates will be invited to attend an interview.

Please note that applications can take a while to process at busy times, this can take a few weeks and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

We asked work experience students to review some of our work during their placements this Spring/Summer. Read their reviews on our blog here.


Wiltshire and Swindon Cultural Education Partnership (W&SCEP)

The Wiltshire and Swindon Education Partnership (W&SCEP) aims to improve educational, cultural and social outcomes for children and young people through broadening effective interaction between cultural organisations (including arts, heritage and libraries) and schools, in places where it is most needed. It is a response to the Cultural Education Challenge set by Arts Council England.

When the Cultural Education Challenge was launched, hundreds of organisations and individuals from the region gathered to develop a plan. In 2017 the executive partners emerged to deliver the plan. These are:

Six school leaders, representing both primary and secondary levels, have been recruited as Cultural Champions to develop this relationship. As key stakeholders in the partnership they are advising on and supporting solutions to the cultural provision challenges that school face. They are actively encouraging innovation and collaboration between cultural providers and schools and participating in developing the following outcomes:

  • More schools engaging in cultural activity
  • Legacy of skills, understanding and capacity within schools to continue engagement in longer term; and capacity within cultural organisations to meet schools and pupils’ needs
  • Schools enabled to make more informed choices about which cultural providers to engage with and on what basis
  • Improved understanding and interaction between providers and schools

During 2019 and 2020, the W&SCEP will develop a number of initiatives to enhance cultural education. It will engage with more Cultural Champions with special areas of interest and will provide opportunities for schools to engage in innovative education activity that promotes health and wellbeing. Cultural education providers will take part in training that will encourage arts award engagement, support inclusion and work more effectively with SEN/D and deaf children and young people. Additional resources and professional development opportunities for all those involved in cultural education will be developed including case studies and conferences. W&SCEP will be exploring the longer term impact as a central hub for cultural education and its sustainability through a partnership membership model.

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Contact: swindonandwiltshirecep@gmail.com