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York-based Professional Creative and Heritage Educational Opportunities

For children and young people, engaging with culture can be transformational – both for their own wellbeing and prospects, and for the society they’ll grow up in. We are determined that every child and young person in York, and particularly the most disadvantaged and those with additional needs and / or disabilities (SEND), gets the opportunity to dance, sing, act, perform, design, create, innovate, learn and participate – making creativity, the arts and heritage an entitlement for all children and young people.

This directory lists York-based professional creative and heritage educational opportunities. Whether you’re looking for a day out for your class in the city, resources for lessons, or a practitioner to deliver workshops in your school, you’ll find it here.

Browse or search existing listings below. Used the advanced search button to narrow down you search by type of activity, age group, curriculum and more.

Disclaimer: REACH and Make It York do not endorse any of the listings below. It remains the responsibility of the school/education provider for ascertaining the suitability of creative practitioners, content and quality when commissioning activity from third parties.

Submit a listing ▸ Please note, you or your organisation should have two years experience in delivering creative activities in schools. If you are an early-career or emerging creative practitioner, please get in touch with reach.manager@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk.

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Grand Opera House York
Name of Organisation
Category
Activities on Offer
Digital Resources, Performances / workshops / courses delivered in schools, Performances / workshops / visits delivered in York venue or attraction
Discipline(s)
Crafts / Making , Creative Skills , Creative Writing / Poetry , Dance , Mixed art forms , Music , Theatre
Key Stage(s)
KS1 , KS2 , KS3 , KS4 , FE , Reception / Pre school , HE 
Description (Short)
At the Grand Opera House York, Creative Learning is locally driven, ensuring our educational engagement is of value. We are part of ATG, an international theatre company with venues from the West End to regional locations.
Cost for York-based schools
Dependent on activity
City
York
Jessie’s Fund
Name of Organisation
Category
Activities on Offer
Digital Resources, Performances / workshops / courses delivered in schools, Other (please specify)
Discipline(s)
Music 
Key Stage(s)
SEND 
Description (Short)
Creative music projects in specialist settings/resourced provisions for SEND. Family learning projects in school and community settings. Grants for music therapy for schools and individuals with SEND and/or life limiting illness.
Cost for York-based schools
Dependent on activity - resources are free.
City
York
PQA York
Name of Organisation
Category
Activities on Offer
Performances / workshops / courses delivered in schools, Performances / workshops / visits delivered in York venue or attraction
Discipline(s)
Dance , Theatre
Key Stage(s)
KS1 , KS2 , KS3 , KS4 , Reception / Pre school 
Description (Short)
Performing arts classes in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television.
Cost for York-based schools
One off workshops - free. We will hand out flyers for our weekend Academy sessions in return.
Pilot Theatre Logo
Name of Organisation
Activities on Offer
Digital Resources, Performances / workshops / courses delivered in schools, Performances / workshops / visits delivered in York venue or attraction, Other (please specify)
Discipline(s)
Creative Skills , Creative Writing / Poetry , Design  , Digital Arts (e/g/ animation, game design, graphics design) , Heritage and history , Mixed art forms , Music , Spoken Language / performance , Theatre
Key Stage(s)
KS3 , KS4 , FE , HE , SEND 
Description (Short)
Pilot Theatre is a national and international touring company based in York, creating work for, by and with young people aged 11-25. Alongside our theatre productions, we offer workshops, resources, CPD and bespoke projects to schools, colleges and universities.
Cost for York-based schools
£0 - £375+VAT (varies according to project/activity)
City
York
York Music Hub Logo
Name of Organisation
Category
Activities on Offer
Other (please specify)
Discipline(s)
Creative Skills , Music , Theatre
Key Stage(s)
KS1 , KS2 , KS3 , KS4 , SEND 
Description (Short)
The York Music Hub is a strong, inclusive partnership of key providers of music education within the city of York.
Cost for York-based schools
Free or subsidised
City
York
Paul Birch
Name of Organisation
Category
Activities on Offer
Performances / workshops / courses delivered in schools, Performances / workshops / visits delivered in York venue or attraction
Discipline(s)
Creative Skills , Creative Writing / Poetry , Theatre
Key Stage(s)
KS2 , KS3 , KS4 , FE , HE 
Description (Short)
Bespoke drama and creative writing workshops with a focus on play, improvisation, playwriting and positive mental health. These workshops can be tailored to the needs of the school/institution and adjusted to suit varied curricula. Paul has is a trained and qualified educator and been working in schools (Both primary and Secondary), colleges and universities for over 20 years. He has delivered hundreds of workshops and believes that a playful approach can lead to powerful results.
Cost for York-based schools
£175 half day. £300 full day.
City
York
Children handling some Yorkshire fossils
Category
Activities on Offer
Performances / workshops / courses delivered in schools
Discipline(s)
Crafts / Making , Heritage and history , STEM / STEAM
Key Stage(s)
KS1 , KS2 
Description (Short)
If your school needs engaging, entertaining sessions on Yorkshire rocks, fossils, natural history or geography, give Fossiliam - palaeontologist Dr Liam Herringshaw - a shout!
Cost for York-based schools
£75 for 1-hour session; £150 for half-day; £250 for full day
City
York
Accessible Arts & Media
Name of Organisation
Category
Activities on Offer
Digital Resources, Performances / workshops / courses delivered in schools, Performances / workshops / visits delivered in York venue or attraction
Discipline(s)
Music 
Key Stage(s)
KS3 , KS4 , SEND 
Description (Short)
IMPs is a year-round programme of fun, inclusive music activities for children and young people from York and the surrounding area. We run fun, inclusive Senior IMPs sessions every Monday evening during term time and exciting, themed IMPs Holiday Clubs every school holiday apart from Christmas.
Cost for York-based schools
£0
City
York
National Centre for Early Music
Name of Organisation
Category
Activities on Offer
Digital Resources, Performances / workshops / visits delivered in York venue or attraction
Discipline(s)
Music 
Key Stage(s)
KS1 , KS2 , KS3 , KS4 , Reception / Pre school 
Description (Short)
The NCEM has been offering a range of music opportunities for young children for over 20 years. Current projects include partnerships with York Music Forum, York Arts Education, I Can Play (music-making for D/deaf young people), the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Opera North, plus our range of family-friendly activities.
Cost for York-based schools
Dependent on activity - please enquire
City
York
Previous Shakespeare festival
Name of Organisation
Activities on Offer
Performances / workshops / courses delivered in schools, Performances / workshops / visits delivered in York venue or attraction
Discipline(s)
Creative Skills , Creative Writing / Poetry , Heritage and history , Spoken Language / performance , Theatre
Key Stage(s)
KS1 , KS2 , KS3 , KS4 , FE , Reception / Pre school , HE , SEND 
Description (Short)
York Theatre Royal offers a wealth of drama-led workshops, tours and partnerships available throughout the year.
Cost for York-based schools
Dependent on activity
City
York

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