Inspiring Schools - Explore

Credit: c. Colin Hattersley
How to apply

If you are interested in taking part in Inspiring Schools - Explore, please contact Anna Derricourt at or 0131 225 8050. There are places for fifteen primary schools and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Download Schools info sheet here.

** We still have space for 1 more school! **

We are looking for the last school (of 15) to take part in an exciting project to spark pupils’ and teachers’ interest in live performance. The project is a great introduction for schools who would like to experience theatre and dance performances, haven't attended the Edinburgh International Children's Festival recently and aren’t quite sure where to start. The three-year project will include an annual programme comprising the following:

Term 1

In Aug-Dec, schools will receive an in-school production from Theatre in Schools Scotland, specially curated by Imaginate and The National Theatre of Scotland for its artistic quality and relevance to the CfE. The show will be performed twice in the day to enable as many pupils to watch it as possible. Schools will be able to choose from a range of shows by some of Scotland’s leading performing companies. These shows cover a range of subjects and age ranges, and are created with school audiences and buildings in mind.

Term 2

In Jan-March, teachers from across the 15 participating schools will take part in a CLPL day led by an experienced artist-educator. This training will equip teachers with the skills to help their pupils reflect critically on live performances, developing their confidence and skills. It will also connect teachers with a network of peers who are interested in developing the performing arts in their schools.

Term 3

Finally, at the end of May, pupils will attend a performance at the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival. The Festival presents the world’s best theatre and dance for young audiences, reflecting many different artforms, cultures, and ways of interpreting the world.

Across three years, this ground-breaking programme will enable schools to experience a broad range of theatre and dance, both within their own environments and as part of a large international festival, all at a very discounted rate. Imaginate staff will work with teachers at each stage to ensure that each school’s needs are being met.

Essential Information


Schools should commit to all three years of the project which includes:

  • 2 performances of Theatre in Schools Scotland (120 pupils max per performance)
  • CLPL for up to 12 teachers
  • Festival visit for up to 60 pupils and 6 teachers
  • Return transport costs to the Festival
  • Support from our staff throughout the three years


Total cost per year is £800 + VAT (less than £3 per pupil for the whole year).
The project is heavily subsidised by National Theatre of Scotland and Imaginate (thanks to funding from Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh Council) with schools paying only a fraction of the real cost of £1,360/year.


Supported by the PLACE programme, funded by the Scottish Government, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals, and supported and administered by Creative Scotland.