Open Doors

Support for Schools

Doorstep Arts provides artist residencies and outreach to schools in Torbay and beyond via our Open Doors Outreach programme. Click the buttons below to find an offer that best suits your school, staff and students:

Doorstep works to build relationships between educators and artists, ensuring that schools are able to access high-quality arts outreach and that students are able to access amazing arts experiences on their doorstep. Where possible, we grant-subsidize outreach offers so that they are free or reduced for schools.


Sample offers include: The Devising Discovery Series for secondary drama classes and Theatre of the Mind workshops connected to wellbeing/PSHE curriculum. You can also find out about our Embodied Literacy Project, that combines exciting StoryGenerator performances from professional visiting artists, where children see and hear wonderful tales from around the world, with a focus on developing their own abilities as authors.

Residencies can be shaped around your school’s needs and timetable.


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Our Open Doors outreach programme also includes touring theatre shows and workshops, as part of our Doorstep Theatre platform. This includes Theatre-in-Education performances which are brought directly to your school, and also visiting performances taking place in Torbay specifically for student audiences and school groups.

Doorstep can also provide support, advice and training sessions to help schools achieve their Artsmark status, or to train teachers to deliver Arts Award. These accreditation programmes from Arts Council England help schools to advocate for the arts in the curriculum, develop ambitious visions for their school, and to support students to achieve their Arts Award certifications and develop their CVs.


Torbay Arts In School Network:

During Covid-19 and lockdown, we are working strategically with creative arts partner organisations to help support schools during these challenging times.



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Click here to find out more about our partners or watch our video below to learn more about the Torbay Arts in School Network:



Torbay Arts in School Menus:

In partnership, we have developed a shared set of menus for Torbay, to help make it clear and easy for school leadership teams to see the possible range of creative enrichment and outreach offers locally. You can access these Torbay Arts in School menus below:


→ Torbay Arts In Schools –  Menu for Secondary Schools
→ Torbay Arts In Schools – ‘Bite-Sized’ Menu for Primary Schools
→ Torbay Arts In Schools – ‘Main Course’ Menu for Primary Schools



Creative Resources for at-home or remote learning:

These partner organisations have developed three resource packs for educators and families doing remote learning – you can access them here:


Resource Pack 1 – First Week Back Reconnect Pack
Resource Pack 2 – Creative Connections 
Resource Pack 3 – Take Notice (Summer Activities)



Creative Hero Awards:

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In 2020, we co-hosted these awards along with our cultural education partners in Torbay, and we received an incredible number of nominations. The descriptions of the creativity were inspiring from hard-working school staff, including teachers, teaching assistants and admin staff who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure children and young people could continue to access arts opportunities. You can read the full list of nominees here. Winners are being announced in mid-December.



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Creative and cultural education is the right of every child and young person. Doorstep will continue to provide regional advocacy and activism toward ensuring that this practice is accessible and embedded with all of our amazing school partners. Read Co-Director Erin’s blogpost here for more about the need for this advocacy work.