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Creative Learning

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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)
Creative Careers


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! 2019-2020 menu

Click here to view the Beginners, Please! 2019-2020 tech spec

Click here to view the Teachers' Handbook

Beginners, Please! Booking Form

For more information contact our Creative Learning Officer on 01722 345174 or email


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 2018/19 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. 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 or check out the Secondary Schools Menu here

Live Music in Secondary Schools
Wiltshire Creative and Wiltshire Music Connect are working with singer-songwriter Louise Jordan to bring Live Music to Secondary Schools.

No Petticoats Here

No Petticoats Here shares the stories of inspirational women who lived during the First World War, through original song and music composed by Louise Jordan.

Schools receive a live performance of a specially adapted version of No Petticoats Here performed by Louise Jordan. 

Performance lasts approx. 1hr with participatory element, and Q&A.

Audience numbers can be determined by the receiving school.  

Absolutely fantastic, every song gave me goosebumps. A beautiful and eloquent tribute to some incredible women.

For more information contact our Creative Learning Officer on 01722 345174 or email

View the full programme here


Work Experience

Wiltshire Creative offers work experience 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 and arts organisation. Students typically work across as many as departments as possible including Take Part, Visual Arts, Communications, Technical and Front of House.

Due to staff capacity and workload within each seasonal programme, we can allocate one week in the Autumn term, one week in the Spring term and up to three weeks in the Summer term to work experience placements and can only accept two work experience candidates at any one time.

Working hours are usually 10am – 3pm but may vary depending on scheduled events and opportunities.

Placements are offered through an application and interview process only.

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 or post to Take Part at Wiltshire Creative, Salisbury Playhouse, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 7RA.

We asked work experience students to review some of our work during their placements throughout Spring/Summer 2019. 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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Creative Careers

Monday 27th July to Wednesday 29th July
Places are free but must be booked in advance

Take Part at Wiltshire Creative have a wide range of opportunities for young people available throughout the year, including Stage 65 Youth Theatre, Young Ambassadors, Work Experience and one-off workshop opportunities.

This year, we are offering young people the chance to learn more about careers in the arts through a creative learning programme during the summer holidays. The programme will involve practical activities at our professional arts organisations through workshops, discussions and creative tasks.

The programme aims:

- To provide young people with a wide range of knowledge of different careers available to them within the arts industry.
- To deliver experiences for young people to enjoy and participate in to build on their exposure to the arts.
- To develop transferrable skills that can be applied to their future career pathway.
- To build confidence, social and team-building skills.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, and would like to hear more about, please contact Abbie Riddell on for more information, or sign up using the application form below.