Sir Lenny Henry has helped launch Let’s Play  

The National Theatre’s major new initiative supporting the development of drama and theatre in primary schools across the country. Developed by professional theatre artists alongside teachers and senior leaders from primary schools across the country, Let’s Play is an ambitious creative learning programme designed to transform creativity and theatre-making in schools.  Using a programme of Continued Professional Development and Learning for teachers, specially commissioned plays for children at Key Stage 1 and 2 to perform, and extensive learning resources, Let’s Play inspires learning across the curriculum.

The National Theatre is aiming to recruit at least 700 schools across the UK to take part in Let’s Play over the next 3 years. Hill Mead Primary School took part in the pilot of Let’s Play last year. Becky Lawrence, Deputy Head Teacher said, “The Let’s Play programme has had a huge impact on the children – it has developed their speaking and listening skills, supported their reading and writing skills and their confidence and empathy grew rapidly.  The training was exceptional and prepared teachers to deliver the programme with confidence and enthusiasm, and with an improved understanding of teaching through drama.” For more information and to sign up your school visit: