Resources and support

CPD for teaching staff

Our work with teachers is a vital opportunity to connect with and learn from teaching professionals, and enables the Theatre to support creative approaches to learning across curriculums. 

We offer continuing professional development opportunities for teaching staff throughout the academic year, which is provided free of charge where possible.

For more information or to discuss bespoke workshops for teaching staff within school, please email our Education Projects Manager, Richard Knowles at

Arts Award

Chichester Festival Theatre actively supports and delivers Arts Award - a national programme of creative development for individuals aged up to 25.

Arts Award is offered across five levels, linking to Key Stages 1-5, and many of our education projects and workshops are designed to include Arts Award as an optional element.

Arts Award offers students the opportunity to:

  • Enjoy creating and participating in different art forms
  • Develop creativity and leadership skills
  • Share or perform work for peers
  • Work with creative arts professionals

To achieve their Arts Award, young people take on challenges in an art form, experience artistic events, get inspired by artists and share their skills with others. Young people create a portfolio of their creative journey, and are supported by an Arts Award adviser.

While we aren’t delivering Arts Award in schools during this period, we encourage young people to take part themselves using our digital resources.

Costs are involved in moderating Arts Award, and for certificates for each young person. More details of the process and costs are available here.

Digital Learning

We provide resources and opportunities to support classroom delivery, exploring relevant topics such as literacy skills, and supporting visits to recent and current productions.

For more information, contact

Private Peaceful

The Watsons

Archie Elliot and Company in Chichester Festival Youth Theatre's Pinocchio



The Butterfly Lion

A Monster Calls

Stick Man

The Macbeth education pack was very useful and helped us to prepare pupils for which actor was playing which role. We’ll also revisit the pack as part of our revision.



Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools developing arts offers, accredited by Arts Council England. It provides a framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum. Schools are supported throughout their Artsmark journey by delivery partners; providing training, advice, resources and introductions to local leading cultural organisations.

Artsmark is valuable recognition for dedication to creativity within a school, and we offer a range of activities, events and programmes which contribute to a successful Artsmark journey.

For more information on how to apply for Artsmark status here.