The START project enables young people, who wouldn't normally have the opportunity to access the arts, to take part in dance activities and to visit local theatres.
This is one of the best projects that I have ever been involved in and I have been teaching for 30 years!
Class Teacher Armley Primary School
Providing pupils with the chance to take part in arts activities and become familiar with their local arts venues and learn through cross-curricular activities, START has been hailed as
'an amazing, enlightening experience not to be missed' (Castleton Primary School).
Most of these children have never been outside of Leeds. They lead very insular lives and wouldn't set foot in the Grand Theatre or the West Yorkshire Playhouse. START breaks down barriers and lets them do something that they have never done.
Class Teacher – Hugh Gaitskell Primary School, Leeds
The project is aimed at pupils from deprived backgrounds who do not usually experience the arts, many of whom will never have been to a theatre before. Through dance activities in school and supporting work in the classroom, pupils are introduced to dance and the theatre in a non-threatening environment, allowing them to access a new experience with confidence and understanding. Additional outcomes of the project have seen pupils' communication, writing and vocabulary skills develop as their interest in dance increases throughout the project.
START broadens pupils' horizons and it all reflects back into their core subjects. The project was absolutely inspirational. Every Primary child should have experiences like this.
Hugh Gaitskell Primary School
The project involves dance workshops in school and visits to local theatres to see Northern Ballet productions. A teacher inset session and resource packs ensure the longevity of the work after the project has ended.
START is a very well-run project that actually adds great enrichment to the lives of children and to the primary curriculum.
St Patrick's Primary School
To find out more about the START project, please contact Jo Dean on 0113 220 8000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org