Open Doors

Support for Schools:

Doorstep Arts provides artist residencies and outreach to schools in Torbay and beyond via our Open Doors Outreach programme. During Covid-19 and lockdown, we are working strategically with creative arts partner organisations to help support schools during these challenging times.

Watch our video below to learn more about the Torbay Arts in Schools Network:



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 menus below:

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:


Creative Hero Awards:

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.



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.


Doorstep Offers for Schools:

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 Artist Residencies, connected to wellbeing/PSHE curriculum. Residencies can be shaped around your school’s needs and timetable.

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.


Doorstep Secondary school offers

Doorstep Primary school offers