RSC and Hall for Cornwall collaborate on Learning Performance Network and Associate Schools Programme
Hall for Cornwall has been working alongside the RSC for a number of years, predominantly through the Learning Performance Network (LPN), the RSC's long-term partnership programme with schools, communities and theatres across England.
The work has been an inspiring and formative time for our team, enabling us to jointly give students valuable creative and life experiences that reach far beyond performance on stage.
Established in 2006, the programme partners schools and their local theatre over a three-year period, aiming to bring about significant change in the way young people experience, engage with, and take ownership of the work of Shakespeare. Over the past 10 years, the LPN has worked in long-term partnership with 507 schools, eleven regional theatres, 1,320 teachers and reached an estimated 690,000 students across the UK.
The LPN is targeted towards schools and young people who have least access to Shakespeare, cultural provision and the RSC. It offers teachers in-depth training in active approaches to Shakespeare and postgraduate action research. For students, the programme involves dynamic ways to learn about Shakespeare in the classroom, artist-led projects and performance opportunities.
Each year six schools from around the country are recruited into the Network along with a partner theatre, such as Hall for Cornwall. These six 'hub' secondary and primary schools, then further work with up to seven 'cluster' schools from their locality.
As a regional theatre partner, Hall for Cornwall works alongside the RSC to recruit schools in Cornwall, lead activity and support the development of the programme.
As part of the LPN, we completed a three year partnership with the RSC and Treviglas College in Newquay and current partner, Launceston College, are almost at the end of their 3 year cycle.
The Learning and Performance Network is generously supported by THE PAUL HAMLYN FOUNDATION.
RSC and HFC Associate Schools Programme
The Associate Schools Programme is the RSC's new partnership work with regional theatres and schools across England, building on the success of the LPN.
The programme aims 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, creative and active approaches.
As one classroom teacher commented in their LPN evaluation:
'This is the missing bit in education…it has rejuvenated my teaching practice, the best thing we’ve ever done.'
The programme is open to Secondary, Primary and Special state schools in England and we are pleased to announce that Treviglas College are our lead associate school. We look forward to welcoming them and also working alongside the enhanced network of ten local schools.
For more information please email Helen Tiplady Helent@hallforcornwall.org.uk