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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 325 teachers in Continued Professional Development programmes. The programme has reached 43 schools and over 10,000 students, all of whom participated in creative and cultural activities.

In 2016/17

  • 35 schools are engaging with the programme, consisting of 21 Primary, 9 Secondary, 2 SEN, 1 College, 1 Alternative Provision and 1 Virtual School (Thurrock Children in Care).
  • 33 schools have embarked on an Artsmark journey. So far 3 have been leveled as Artsmark Platinum, 2 gold and 4 silver.
  • 30 local, regional and national Cultural Partners are working with teachers and over 4200 children from Early Years to Post 16 in creative and cultural activity.
  • Trailblazer has worked with 287 teachers in 176 hours of Continued Professional Development sessions.

Read the full evaluation report for Thurrock Trailblazer 15/16 here (PDF) or 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.

Cultural Champions

Keep up to date on all the latest news for our Cultural Champions.

Schools application

Find out more about Thurrock Trailblazer 2017/18 and apply online.