Thurrock Trailblazer

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Thurrock Trailblazer is an innovative programme of high quality arts and cultural activities, visits to heritage sites and specialist teacher training, that boosts creative learning in schools and accelerates pupils’ development. In partnership with Thurrock Council, the Royal Opera House is working with local, regional and national arts organizations to deliver cultural education in Thurrock.

So far, Thurrock Trailblazer has worked with over 700 teachers in Continued Professional Development programs. The programme has reached 46 schools, over 12,000 children and there have been over 40,000 pupil experiences in Thurrock Trailblazer cultural activities to date.

"There's nothing quite like the Trailblazer programme... to have such a committed group of teachers in one room with a passion for cultural learning is quite unique."

Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive of Arts Council England

Over 12,000 children from Early Years to Post-16 have participated in creative and cultural projects, workshops and trips during 2017/18, with over 7,000 participating in summer culmination events in-school as part of Trailblazer Moments

During 2018/19: 32 schools have engaged with the programme: consisting of 19 primaries, 10 secondary schools, 2 SEND schools, and an FE college

Of the schools participating in Trailblazer during the 2018/19 academic year, 21 are on an Artsmark journey, of which 14 have been levelled so far. Two have been awarded Artsmark Platinum, five have been awarded Artsmark Gold and seven have been awarded Artsmark Silver

82 hours of CPD activity have taken place this academic year, with 257 attendees

In addition, Leadership Development Training sessions have so far reached 93 attendances from our Cultural Champions and their deputies. The Cultural Champion at the Gateway Academy is Rachael O’Dwyer, and our Deputy Champion is Becky Mead.

The Academy is in its sixth year with Trailblazer, below is a list of the projects that students will be involved in this year:

  • Beacon Hill Academy: Inclusive Arts CPD
  • ROH: Design and Make Secondary
  • National Theatre: Make Theatre Days
  • Thurrock Music Services: Midas Visit
  • Bang and Smash: Song Creation and Production
  • Beacon Hill Academy: Inclusive Arts Projects
  • Breakin' Convention
  • Confidance: I Create
  • ROH: Create and Dance Everybody Dance
  • ROH: Create and Dance Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • Signals: Wellbeing Video Games
  • Complete Commedia Company: Introduction to Commedia del' Arte
  • Trestle: Unmasked Wellbeing
  • Trestle: Rachel
  • Trestle: Yarico


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