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                                    ACROSS THE BOARDS THEATRE

About Us

Working in association with the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust, we at Across the Boards Theatre have created educational programmes focused on enhancing transferable life skills through drama practices. We strive to engage with diverse groups within educational settings, and tailor sessions to individual needs, whilst working in a sensitive and responsive manner. Our approach aims to be accessible for all, encouraging creativity and self-expression in a safe atmosphere. The emphasis of the work is not on producing performers, but enhancing skills and learning through the dramatic process.

Our Programmes

Creative Drama and Theatre Workshops for Primary School children

The Creative Drama and Theatre Workshop programme is suitable for all primary school students. Sessions employ role-playing techniques, mask work and storytelling, furthering communication, teamwork and empathetic abilities. The programme provides cross-curricular learning opportunities, connecting workshops to objectives set by the National Curriculum and other frameworks. Additionally this option offers Issue-Based Drama Workshops, ideal for teaching PSHE through, enabling relevant issues that  young people face to be explored safely and practically.

Key Skills and Learning through Drama for pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

This programme is designed for learners within Designated Special Provisions Units and special schools, for primary and secondary ages. The sessions use multi-sensory storytelling, mask work and role-play to develop life skills and achieve individual targets including verbal and non-verbal communication, eye contact, empathetic abilities and social interaction. The programme provides cross-curricular learning opportunities, connecting workshops to objectives set by the National Curriculum and other frameworks. Additionally this option offers Issue-Based Drama Workshops, ideal for teaching PSHE through, enabling relevant issues that  young people face to be explored safely and practically.

Creative Drama and Theatre Workshops for young people with Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD) and challenging behaviour

This option is applicable for both primary and secondary ages. The programme will use creative practices with students who are displaying challenging behaviour or have BESD in either mainstream education, Alternative Educational Provisions (AEP) or Designated Special Provisions (DSP). It aims to develop students’ communication, presentation, teamwork and empathetic skills through two separate workshop options:

  1. Issue-Based Theatre Work - where common concerns that young people face are explored safely using role-play and enquiry. This can be a one off workshop, or  can be extended over a number of weeks, enabling the young people to create a project based on the chosen issue, resulting in a final common goal such as a performance,  film or fundraiser. The emphasis is on pupil ownership, allowing them artistic freedom and responsibility.
  2. Employability Workshops - bringing interview etiquette to life in an interactive forum, illustrating the best way to conduct oneself, communicate with the interviewer and respond to  questions, heightening their chances of success in the workplace.

 

Enhancement of Spoken English through Drama for learners with English as an Additional Language

This is an ongoing programme, aimed to develop oracy skills and communication in primary and secondary aged pupils who have English as an Additional Language (EAL). The workshops take place with targeted groups of EAL learners outside the typical classroom environment, enabling students to build confidence in English, without feeling exposed when working with peers who are proficient English users. Sessions will explore spoken English through the mediums of drama and constructive play, employing techniques such as role-play, action games, in addition to songs and stories from different cultures.

Workshop Information

Workshops are available as on-going projects or one off workshops. On-going workshops can run over any number of weeks and topics can be explored in more detail or the subject can change weekly. Alternatively, workshops can be run as a one off for the length of time that you require.

Workshops take place during school hours.

Our Staff

Our drama facilitators have high-class degrees from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, and are experienced in facilitating in settings including designated special provisions for speech and language difficulties, pupil referral units, mainstream and special schools. All staff are CRB certified, and are fully insured.

Ages:

Early Years Age 3-5, KS1 Age 5-7, KS2 Age 7-11, KS3 Age 11-13

Locations:

Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Greater London, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire

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