Creative INSET: Everything’s a story, and all the world’s a stage - 24 November 2020

“Everything’s a story, and all the world’s a stage” – using puppetry across the curriculum

About the INSET

Learn to make easy rod puppets and explore how to use puppets across the curriculum to improve children’s engagement and confidence.

- Improve your creative confidence while making your own puppet

- Learn basic puppetry skills

- Come away with a simple art/creative session suitable for KS1-3

- Learn how stories, puppet making and puppetry can help you engage reluctant learners in your class

- Explore ways to use storytelling and puppetry across the curriculum, including learning from other teachers who have used YPPT puppet projects to boost engagement in other lessons

About the organisation

The YPPT was founded in 2014 by father-and-daughter team Jeremy and Caitlin Duschenes, who are third- and fourth-generation puppeteers. Since then, we have worked with over 1300 school pupils aged 9-18 to create over 40 productions in Hertfordshire, London, Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire. We have built successful partnerships with primary, secondary and special schools, as well as cultural organisations such as St Albans Cathedral. We believe passionately in the power of the arts, and puppetry in particular, to change the lives of children and young people for the better. Through the process of creating a complex marionette show from scratch, pupils develop social, practical and creative skills, from design and theatre skills to working independently, taking responsibility, working as part of a team and communicating effectively. Our projects benefit every child, but have the greatest impact on disadvantaged children, particularly in terms of boosting self-confidence, resilience and engagement with learning. As far as we can tell, we are the only organisation in the country running puppetry projects on this scale and with this depth of impact.

Suitable for

This event is suitable for teachers and teaching assistants, KS1-3 ; secondary school English/drama teachers; SENCos and SEN specialists working in London schools. We regret that this session is not open to colleagues from cultural organisations or freelancers working with schools.

Event Details




24 November 2020


2:30PM 4:30PM



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