Primary Schools

Primary schools in Torbay and Devon can get involved with our Open Doors Outreach programme through these key offers:


Artists in Residence programmes:


In 2019, Doorstep piloted our ‘Spark Schools’ programme, partnering with Roselands Nursery, Oldway Primary, White Rock Primary, Torre Church of England Primary, and St Marychurch Primary. This programme developed innovative models of arts-in-the-curriculum, and successful pilot models will continue into the 2020-21 year. Available offers for next year include:




This project 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. The stories they create are brought to life as they are acted out by the whole class, and then reflected upon.

This process provides great motivation for the children to fulfil and surpass many National Curriculum requirements ā€“ particularly around listening, exploring ideas, language and vocabulary development, speech and communication, buildingin the ideas of others, narrative and role-play.




A theatre education program led by experienced visiting specialists, which uses active learning to support the PSHE curriculum. This program supports early intervention by increasing knowledge and understanding of mental health and wellbeing in young people.

It reduces stigma and improves awareness of self-resilience and coping strategies, using drama as a tool for engaging students and rehearsing skills. It cultivates a safe learning environment for participants to understand and connect with their emotions through drama and creative practice.

Available as a 3-session Foundation Course or a 6-session Full Course.



Email to find out more or to request a residency at your school.


Resource Packs for Educators:


Doorstep has teamed up with a number of other cultural partners to provide resources and support for schools during the Covid-19 crisis. You can access these free, easy to download and easily printable resources which include dance, drama, visual arts, music, radio and play-based approaches for primary educators here.

Resource Pack 1 – Reconnect Pack

Resource Pack 2 – Creative Connections

Resource Pack 3 – Take Notice


Touring Theatre Shows:

Doorstep regularly programmes touring theatre performances in Torbay schools. Previous touring companies for primary performance have included PaddleBoat Theatre Company (pictured), Running Dog Theatre, Lens Flayre Company, Polarbear, and many others.

Email to find out more or to express interest in your school being a recipient.


After-School Drama Clubs:

Where possible, Doorstep can help to provide schools with a professional Teaching Artist to deliver a weekly after-school drama club. In some instances, we can work alongside an existing staff member to support their drama skills, providing curriculum ideas, games, exercises, CPD and additional support to enable them to develop their practice and run the provision long-term. Email to find out more.