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Support for Schools

Across the Autumn Term, Oxford Playhouse will continue to work with its many partner schools through adapted digital and socially-distanced projects, to ensure that our mission to bring creativity to every child in Oxfordshire can continue.

Please click on the  PRIMARY PLAYMAKER tab above to see how your school can take part in our adapted Primary Playmaker scheme, to see how we can help teachers bring pupils’ literacy-learning to life through playwriting.

Got an idea for how we can work with your school? We work in partnership with both primary and secondary schools to create bespoke projects that can support the school curriculum. Contact to chat with our team.

For the Autumn Term, Primary Playmaker is going digital.

In this new age of socially-distanced teaching, we’ve adapted our most popular scheme for primary schools to help bring literacy learning to life in your classroom through drama, storytelling and playwriting.


What is Primary Playmaker?

A series of workshops ideal for Year 5 or 6 pupils, Primary Playmaker is designed to support literacy learning, develop storytelling skills and open children’s imaginations. This is a unique opportunity for pupils to learn how to conceive and write their own short play and understand the development process which leads to a professional production.

 A selection of your pupils’ plays will be performed on the Oxford Playhouse main stage by professional actors as part of our Young Players Festival in April 2021, with all participating pupils and teachers in the scheme invited along to watch.


How does the new digital scheme work?

In these unique times of social distancing, we are offering weekly, 45-minute sessions across the Autumn Term, which will be delivered digitally. Each week teachers will receive a PowerPoint presentation, teaching resources and a video lesson delivered by one of our lead facilitators, that teachers can broadcast directly into the classroom. As the video session is pre-recorded, you can schedule the Primary Playmaker scheme to take place at a time that best suits your curriculum timetable.


How long does the scheme last for?

The whole scheme takes place across ten weeks, and teachers will be sent a new lesson every Monday morning from mid-September. You can choose the time of the week that best suits your timetable. We’ll ask you to send all finished scripts to us, ideally typed, by February 2021, so you can also choose the pace that best suits your pupils.


How much does the new digital scheme cost?

To work with one class/year group, we are offering the new digital Primary Playmaker scheme for the significantly reduced price of £150.


Will the usual, in-person Primary Playmaker scheme return at any point?

We hope that by January 2021 safety measures will have relaxed a little, which will mean that our team can return to your schools again. We will be offering one-week residencies of the project across January and February, delivering the same project above, but in-person and in your classroom. This will cost your school £300 to take part.

Please note: This is subject to evolving health and safety guidelines from the government.


What have other schools said about the scheme?

“The benefits children gained from the scheme has led us to participating in the programme in the next academic year too. With curriculum demands, our decision demonstrates the value we place on the benefits received by our children who were involved in this initiative.”
Woodstock CE Primary School

“It totally exceeded my expectations! OFSTED happened to be in during one workshop and they couldn’t praise the quality of learning enough. Thank you so much for giving our children such a wonderful opportunity to become actors and playwrights. I don’t think they will every forget their experiences with Primary Playmaker!”
St Thomas More Catholic Primary School


How do I sign up?
If you’re interested in signing up or learning more about our Primary Playmaker scheme, contact our Participation Manager, Paul Simpson by emailing

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