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Creative Teachers


This programme is now closed to applicants.

Are you a teacher? Are you interested in exploring creativity in teaching and learning?

Join the Royal Opera House for a free programme of professional development for you and your school.

Creative Teachers equips teachers with the skills, resources and inspiration to support students’ learning across the curriculum through the arts and creativity. Working with professional artists from the fields of music, drama and design, teachers take on the challenge of leading an in-school project where students devise and stage their own opera from scratch!

The programme is made up of five training days and one twilight session, held at the High House Production Park in Purfleet, guiding teachers through all aspects of making original music theatre.

'We performed our opera today. The kids were amazing. We had 80 children involved in all. We are so proud of them all.'
Creative Teachers participant, 2012-13

Key dates:

  • 9 and 10 January 2014
  • 6 and 7 March 2014
  • 25 April 2014
  • 14 July 2014 (twilight session)

 As a participant, you will:

  • Work alongside specialists in music, drama and design, who have extensive experience in arts education;
  • Undertake practical workshops that introduce you to every aspect of devising and staging an original opera;
  • Receive extensive written materials and other resources to support your understanding of the process;
  • Have opportunities to explore your own creative development.

Who can apply?

Creative Teachers is suitable for teachers working at all key stages. All that’s required is enthusiasm, interest or curiosity about the arts.

We are currently inviting applications from teachers from schools in the Thames Gateway: Barking & Dagenham, City of London, Essex, Havering, Medway, Newham, Southend, Thurrock and Tower Hamlets. Join us for this exciting project!

Not only was it very rewarding and the techniques were great, but also it allowed me as a teacher to take a step back and allow the children to be creative without my constant input. It gave me and the children the opportunity to become independent learners.”

Creative Teachers participant, 2011-12.

If you’d like more information or have any queries, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions factsheet or contact us. You can reach Allison Young, Creative Teachers Project Manager, on 020 7212 9410 or email

Creative Teachers is generously supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.