Partner Schools is new. Since we launched Creative Learning in 2008 we've been working really hard to find the best way of providing schools and colleges with what they want and what they need from us. 100's of workshops with 1000's of participants later we think we've got it. We will be offering 3 exceptional packages that will make a major impact in schools and colleges, and give every student the chance to take part in the arts. Each package lasts for 12 months and includes performances from the new Touring Company, a series of curriculum linked workshops and performances, guaranteed work experience placements, an industry day at the theatre, reduced price tickets for productions at the New Wolsey, advance notice of upcoming shows, and more. For Schools and Colleges outside of Suffolk the offer can still be made but only at a higher cost to reflect the reduction to Suffolk Schools due to the continued financial support from Suffolk County Council's Children and Young People's Directorate. The Partner Schools offer is designed to completely replace all of our ad hoc activity in schools and colleges within 2 years. At which point we will only work with partner schools and colleges. The programme will be delivered in large part by the in house team, with significant support from freelance artists and practitioners.
The Learning Lounge connects teachers with artists, actors, practitioners, facilitators and educators in the informal sector. There are 4 annual events providing the opportunity to share ideas, discuss good practice and build links across the sector. Each event culminates in the attendees going on to watch a performance at the New Wolsey Theatre or Studio. The event is by invitation only, and does not make a charge to participants. This is part of our recognition of the strategic position of the New Wolsey Theatre in challenging, supporting and developing practice thereby increasing the health of the sector and introducing new ways of thinking.
Teacher Tickets provides formal educators with increased access to the repertoire by providing them with early notices and information on programming choices. Teachers will be given concessionary discounts and offers, as well as early and late notice offers for group bookings. Access to the scheme is by paid membership, with a set number of places included in the partner schools offer.