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Thurrock Trailblazer

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 programmes. 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

During 2017/18

  • 32 schools engaged with the programme, consisting of 19 Primary, nine Secondary, two SEN, one College and one Virtual School (Thurrock Children in Care)
  • 30 of these schools embarked on an Artsmark journey. So far three have been leveled as Artsmark Platinum, seven as gold and 13 as silver
  • The Royal Opera House and 17 local, regional and national Cultural Partners have worked with 195 teachers in over 100 hours of Continued Professional Development
  • Over 12,000 children from Early Years to Post-16 have participated in creative and cultural projects, workshops and trips this academic year, with over 7000 participating in summer culmination events in-school as part of 'Trailblazer Moments'


Read the full evaluation report for Thurrock Trailblazer 17/18 below.

For further information, please email or phone 01708 891 200.

Supported by Thurrock Borough Council, Kim Samuel, ROH Bridge, schools' investment, a grant from the Paul Hamlyn Education Fund and the Sackler Trust, through its support of the National Nutcracker programme.

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Schools application

Find out more about Thurrock Trailblazer 2018/19 and apply online.