The Classroom Stage

Education   Primary Education  


Exploring how teaching of English can be improved by using Stan’s Cafe’s rehearsal room techniques in the classroom. The Classroom Stage is a multi-year action research project supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund.

Stan’s Cafe’s artists worked in residence at schools across Birmingham to share ideas of making learning more practical, imaginative, playful and fun. They were supported by termly Continuous Professional Development / Learning (CPD/L) days and termly sharing and support sessions.

Evaluation of the programme’s impact is ongoing, but so far there have been many reports of teachers growing in confidence in being more adventurous in their teaching and students responding with improved learning.

Schools and Artists

Brownmead Primary – Jack Trow
Christ The King Catholic Primary – Rachel Barnes
Holy Family Catholic Primary – Fateha Begum
Kings Norton Primary (2020/21) – Craig Stephens
Oaks Primary – Rebecca Rochelle
Raddlebarn Primary – Craig Stephens
St. Bernard’s Catholic Primary (2021/22) – Fateha Begum
St. Gerard’s Catholic Primary – Carys Jones
Watermill Primary – Lexia Tomlinson
Wychall Primary – Rochi Rampal
Woodthorpe Rimary – Lucy Bird

Admin – Lucy Bird
Evaluation by – Anthony Ruck
Idea by – James Yarker
Produced by – Dave Howard
Training by – Rachel Gartside

Commissioned by Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund