c. Louise King
c. Louise King
As a teacher, having high quality resources available online makes such a difference when planning and assessing the work I do with my students. The language involved when discussing performances can sometimes be difficult to confidently use as someone who isn’t a trained theatre practitioner. I feel that having a resource that can be accessed by students and teachers will add to the overall experience and encourage more teachers to feel confident about incorporating theatre and dance into the classroom.

—Tanya McLaughlin (P6 teacher, Corstorphine Primary School)

We are delighted to be working with After The News/DKDO to design and build onTAP a new digital web-based resource that will enable teachers across Scotland to facilitate post-show discussions with children so they can critically analyse live theatre and dance performances. This will help pupils develop critical reflection skills, enhance their confidence, and empower them to develop and articulate their own opinions. It also opens up many opportunities for cross-curricular learning, and for addressing complex or ‘difficult’ topics in a structured and inclusive way.  Many teachers take their pupils on trips to see live performances, but far fewer feel confident in using these experiences as a springboard for further and deeper classroom learning.

In order to develop the content, we will work with:

  • a partner school to experiment and research with groups of pupils and teachers - Corstorphine Primary School.
  • a Teacher’s Advisory Group from across Scotland to ensure the new resource works for teachers both in terms of content and the digital requirements.
  • a group of theatre and dance makers, including with project partners Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre, to ensure the resource reflects the needs of those who make and perform the work.
  • a group of schools who will test the Beta version of the resource to offer vital feedback in how the experience is for children and teachers after seeing live performance.

We will test the onTAP resource at the Children’s Festival in May 2022 with a full launch later in the year.

The previous Talking About Theatre resource was offered free to schools in Scotland, initially via Glow and latterly via the Imaginate website.  We provided teacher training CPD/CLPL sessions over the last ten years as well as offering it to all schools who saw a performance as part of Theatre in Schools Scotland. This supported teachers to meet Curriculum for Excellence Expressive Arts Experiences and Outcomes across all levels, encouraging pupils to develop critical thinking skills and become more able to express their own thoughts, feelings and opinions with confidence whilst valuing those of others.

Talking About Theatre was funded through Co-Create, a partnership between Learning and Teaching Scotland and the Creative Scotland National Lottery Fund.

onTAP is supported by the UK Government to enhance the Edinburgh Festivals' digital capabilities, and the PLACE programme funded by the Scottish Government, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals, and supported and administered by Creative Scotland.