Royal & Derngate proudly supports local nurseries, schools, colleges and the university, designing and delivering a wide variety of bespoke projects, workshops and creative opportunities.

Remote Learning
Our Creative Learning team have produced a range of online resources for different ages that can be used to support remote learning during periods of lockdown or enhance learning in the classroom. These include Get Creative videos and creative challenges using theatre skills such as Puppetry and Storytelling, Industry Insight videos with theatre professionals talking about their roles within Made In Northampton productions, and links to resources from other organisations that we think are great.

All Royal & Derngate Creative Learning resources can be accessed via the Northants Cultural Education Partnership website, click here to see what’s on offer.

Education Partnerships 

Our partnership agreements span all phases of education, from Early Years to university level. Primary school partnerships offer opportunities for every student in the school to engage with our work and every member of staff to access creative and innovative professional development opportunities. Secondary school, college and university partnerships benefit from discounted tickets to our Made In Northampton productions, exciting curriculum and theatre workshops and tours of the theatre.

Each partnership is unique to the school, college or university, offering projects for all students and young people, including gifted and talented, those with specific educational needs and those not in mainstream education.

Curriculum Support

Whether you are looking for a workshop related to a text or a GCSE or Post-16 set text, we can design workshops to suit whatever your group needs – just tell us what specific details you would like your students to focus on and we will deliver it.

Workshops can also explore subject topics and skills across different curriculum areas, including History, Science, Geography, Values & Citizenship, Art, Music, Dance and English, as well as Drama. The key focus is to engage all students in creative methods of learning and also to provide Continuing Professional Development for teaching staff that builds on the work that schools already deliver.


Creative learning beyond the classroom is also a key area of our provision and includes a variety of different experiences to suit all ages. These include:

Production Support Days – your school production cast and crew spend the day rotating around workshops led by actors, choreographers, technicians and designers who provide a unique insight into how a creative team works and help you develop key skills for your own performance.

After School Theatre Hubs – led by Creative Learning practitioners in your school, these sessions develop key theatre and social skills leading to a sharing to fellow students, friends or family. This opportunity is open to all ages and pieces can be linked to curriculum topics, play adaptations or devised from scratch.  It’s a great chance for students to learn key theatre skills and share their creative work with others.

Bespoke Projects

Our wider education provision also includes bespoke workshops that are tailored to the needs of specific skills, projects and productions. These include specialist workshops on puppetry, design, music, storytelling, residencies, Play In A Day projects and Arts Award support, all of which underpin our aims to inspire young people, enrich their creative learning and help all students and staff to achieve their potential.

Arts Award

Arts Award is a range of nationally recognised qualifications that support anyone up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through involvement in different art forms. It helps young people them to progress into further education and employment or simply enjoy engaging in the arts.

The Creative Learning Team has qualified advisers offering Arts Awards at Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, and can design specific projects that embed Arts Award into both curriculum and enrichment activities.

More Information

For more information on our Creative Learning Education provision, email our Creative Learning Director Trudy A Bell, or call 01604 655740.