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

  • 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

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.

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

Find out more about Thurrock Trailblazer 2019/20 and apply online.