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NT Learning Programmes

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NT Learning Programmes

Education was a founding principle for the NT and is central to our work and vision for the future. Our education department, NT Learning, opens up the National’s repertoire, artistry, skills, and the building itself, enabling participants of all ages to discover new skills and experience the excitement of theatre-making through imaginative and innovative in-school, on-site and online activities.

Clore Learning Centre

A permanent space for education at the NT for people of all ages to learn about every aspect of theatre-making and discover new skills through a range of courses, workshops and seminars in addition to creative family days and programmes for school groups. 

Primary Theatre Programme

This involve an NT touring production for state primary schools with a creative learning programme linked to the literacy objectives for Key Stage 2 and wider areas of the National Curriculum. The creative learning programme includes workshops in schools, digital resources, training for teachers, and teachers’ resources and lesson plans. 

New Views

A playwriting competition for 15-19-year-olds in which students from around 80 schools are given support in writing their own one-act plays from some of the UK’s finest writers such as David Hare and Richard Bean. The winning play is staged at the NT with a cast of professional actors as part of the New Views Festival.

Early Years Programme

 Theatre First, an innovative learning programme for year 1 pupils gives children the opportunity to work with professional theatre artists. Pupils incorporate their work to create a unique performance which they are invited to perform at the NT.  

National Theatre. On Demand. In Schools

Launched in September 2015, with three acclaimed NT productions made available free in every secondary school classroom in the UK. Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein and Nicholas Hytner’s productions of Hamlet and Othello, are free to stream on demand in the classroom alongside comprehensive learning resources for teachers which support each play.