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Secondary Schools and Further Education

Secondary Schools and Further Education

At the National Theatre, we’re passionate about working with schools and colleges; we know these settings are bursting with creative opportunities.

We work with teachers and schools across the UK to open access to the arts, encourage young people’s creative ownership through exploring different ways of making theatre and sharing insights into the National Theatre’s backstage and on-stage work. 

Follow us on Twitter at @NT_Schools to keep in touch with the Learning team. 

We are reopening for live performances from 2 June, but due to Government restrictions, tickets can only be booked in groups of 1-4, and are allocated staggered arrival times to assist with social distancing, so our usual process for booking school group tickets will not apply for this season of shows. If you’d like to be the first to know about new productions and changes in audience guidelines, sign up to our mailing list here. We also have a range of free educational resources available online, and we have a collection of world-class productions, available to watch for free, for all UK state-funded schools.

How can teachers and schools work with the NT?  There are lots of different ways to work with us. If you’d like to stay in touch, you can join our mailing list here

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NT Collection

The National Theatre Collection makes the best of British Theatre available worldwide to libraries, schools, universities and the wider education sector. The Collection is free to state schools and can currently be accessed from home. You can watch shows from Small Island and Yerma to Jane Eyre and Othello.  

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Small Island production image with Hortense (Leah Harvey) sitting on a plain bench with company members standing in a line across the stage in the backgrond


Each year the National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the UK's most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow.

Hundreds of youth theatre companies and thousands of young people from every corner of the UK produce a Connections play every year. 

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Production image of 2019 Connections play Flesh.

New Views

New Views is the National Theatre’s playwriting programme for students, aged 14 – 18.

Through New Views, teachers receive high quality training in delivering playwriting workshops, with support from professional playwrights and the NT Learning department. 

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Here, you can access a wide range of resources including rehearsal diaries from specific productions, videos exploring our work backstage and how your students can explore these techniques at home or in the classroom. 

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Teacher CPD

We are dedicated to offering excellent professional development opportunities for teachers at the National Theatre. Find out more about our offer here, including the annual Drama Teacher Conference.

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National Theatre in your classroom

Teachers at schools in the UK can now stream recordings of National Theatre productions directly to their classrooms, for free.

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