now>press>play have partnered with National Grid

now>press>play are partnering with the National Grid to create an immersive audio Experience about renewable energy sources, accompanied by follow-on resources for the classroom. This Experience supports our Science offer and helps children understand the urgent need to power our homes sustainably, and the different ways in which we can do so (e.g. wind and solar). It also stimulates children’s broader interest in STEM subjects by including a positive, female role model who works as an engineer and is our ‘sidekick’ throughout.   

The National Grid play a crucial part in the move to Net Zero by enabling national infrastructure to support this change. They also educate young people about the role of the Grid, what change might look like and indeed how they can pursue a career in this fast-growing industry. They have already partnered with other educational providers to these ends, largely in secondary schools; this partnership will be one of their first primary school projects, allowing them to reach 600 schools and inspire over 160,000 children to love learning about STEM.

Request your school’s visit from an inspiring member of the National Grid.

From July until next March, members of the National Grid staff will be available to run an immersive experience and Q&A about the grid, renewable energy and engineering with your class, as part of our partnership.

Register your interest here.

now>press>play have partnered with Sky Arts for Access All Arts week

We are pleased to announce we have partnered with Sky Arts on their upcoming Access All Arts week, a FREE nationwide arts week for primary schools taking place 19th – 23rd June 2023, celebrating the arts and giving teachers all the resources they need to run a fun-filled arts week themselves.

All the resources have been developed with leading artists, arts organisations, and education experts. Each day, pupils can be guided by some of the best creative talent to explore a different art form, as they go on their own creative journey in the classroom next summer.

now>press>play is supporting the WORDS module, as a tool to ignite imaginations through sound, story and movement to inspire quality and creative writing in young people.

Don’t forget to sign up for your FREE 2 week now>press>play trial here to join in.

And you can find out more about Sky Arts’s Access All Arts Week here.

now>press>play have partnered with the National Literacy Trust.

We were utterly delighted when the National Literacy Trust approached us as we share their aim to inspire and support children to improve their literacy skills. Through our partnership we aim to support more children and primary schools with their literacy. We will provide primary schools with immersive ‘real-life’ Experiences across the curriculum to:

  •  Extend children’s life experiences and enrich vocabulary;
  •  Stimulate children’s imaginations and inspire creative writing;
  •  Help children develop emotional responses and discussion skills.
Are you a member of the National Literacy Trust? Check out their membership page to see what offers they have available to you. If you’re not yet a member then visit their website to see how they can support your school.

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, awarded by Arts Council England, recognising their commitment to high quality arts and cultural education. now>press>play is proud to be an Artsmark Partner.

We support primary schools through EYFS, KS1 and KS2 on their Artsmark journey, inspiring teachers and children to deliver and participate in high quality drama-based Experiences that are directly linked to the National Curriculum to support schools across the UK to:

  •  Extend children’s life experiences and enrich vocabulary;
  •  Improve literacy skills;
  •  Ignite imaginations;
  •  Develop emotional responses and discussion skills;

We can offer schools who are working towards, or currently hold an Artsmark Award, the following opportunities:

  •  An annual subscription to now>press>play with a wide range of Artsmark appropriate immersive Experiences for EYFS, Years 1-2, Years 3-4, & Years 5-6 (click to have a listen) to help you meet your ‘experiences outside the classroom’ criteria.
  •  CPD to support teachers in using now>press>play’s wireless technology and how to use the Experiences to inspire imaginations and support creative writing.
  •  Bespoke mapping of our Experiences to your curriculum and Artsmark criteria and/or school improvement plan.
  •  Increased pupil engagement.
Find out more about Artsmark on their website
To find out how now>press>play can support you on your Artsmark journey, or to be put in touch with a school who is already using now>press>play and working towards their Artsmark Award, email or call 0203 727 5592.