Case Studies

Read about how some of our recipients have benefited from our educational programmes.

National Theatre: On Demand

The Goldsmiths' Company are proud to support On Demand in Schools Primary, the second phase of the National Theatre’s digital initiative offering acclaimed curriculum-linked productions free of charge, to schools across the country. Over 6,700 teachers in more than 3,700 schools, from every county in the United Kingdom, are now using the ground-breaking free video streaming service.

Through National Theatre: On Demand in Schools, teachers can access high-definition films of 14 productions. Titles range from classic plays like Othello and Julius Caesar to new versions of well-known stories like Frankenstein and Jane Eyre. With the support of The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity, the National Theatre has been able to expand the service to include productions for primary schools, including Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Treasure Island and a 90-minute version of The Winter’s Tale. Each play is supported by curriculum-linked learning resources.

In January 2018 The National Theatre won a Bett Award for Free Digital Content or Open Educational Resources.

Romeo and Juliet. Photo: Ludovic des Cognets

Reach Out Reporter

The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity is delighted to be able to provide the financial support for the launch of Reach Out Reporter, a new online news service to help UK primary school teachers bring topical science into their everyday teaching and learning. Created by Imperial College, London and Tigtag (the award-winning primary science resource company), Reach Out Reporter aims to introduce primary school children to the wonders of the world around them with topical films and other learning resources based on the latest science news and topical issues.

Reach Out Reporter explores a wide range of science-based stories each week – from hurricane-chasing meteorologists to how space litter is affecting life on earth – and aims to promote cross-curricular learning. The service is updated with new content on a weekly basis, and is available free of charge. We hope that in addition to teachers, the resource can also be used by anyone in the UK, including parents and children outside of the classroom as a tool for home learning.

Supporting Pioneering Maths Initiative at Three Schools

The Company has awarded a grant to three schools in Kent to create a new maths programme that will teach, influence and inspire both their own pupils and the wider education community: King’s Farm Primary School in Gravesend, Lawn Primary School in Northfleet and Whitehill Primary School in Gravesend.

Based on the principles of ‘Mastery Maths’, a form of mathematics teaching inspired by a style used in Singapore and Shanghai, the programme will give pupils a richer, deeper, learning experience. It enables pupils to become fluent in mathematics, reason and solve problems by applying their mathematics skills to problems. Read more here.

Children and Teachers from the Primary Schools with the former Goldsmiths' Company Deputy Clerk

Grants for Teachers

Teacher Tom Plant travelled to France and Israel, in the Goldsmiths’ Grants for Teachers programme. Tom had started teaching a medieval history unit on the Angevin Empire, encompassing the reigns of Henry II, Richard I and King John.

Goldsmiths’ Grants for Teachers provided the opportunity for Tom to visit and record evidence from important archaeological sites associated with the Angevin Empire.

The aim of Tom’s study trip was not only to enhance his teaching of the subject, generating resources for his students, but also to publish material and resources generated by his trip online, thus enabling a broader audience to benefit from the exercise.  


Science for Society        

Secondary school teacher Julie Boyles spent a week on the Science for Society Particle Physics course.

“I really valued the opportunity to learn more about Modern Physics, to refresh my subject knowledge and to keep up to date with recent research. The lectures were intellectually stimulating and I relished the chance to share lesson ideas with teachers from a wide variety of educational establishments throughout the whole of the UK. The highlight of the week was definitely the visit to CERN in Geneva, the Centre for European Nuclear Research. It was such a great learning experience that I applied for CERN’s international High School Teachers’ 2009 Programme. Spending three weeks immersed in Modern Physics, visiting particle detectors and having numerous conversations about teaching experiences in many different countries, was an amazing experience.” 


The Education Committee, as part of its charitable strategic review, has decided to end the Science for Society residential course. The Committee is continuing to support STEM education via a new collaboration which will be publicised soon.

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