Education Today Logo


Education Today Cover Browse Issue

60,000 regional school students to have best seat in the house 

News Image

The Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) is launching ATYP On Demand, a theatre streaming platform to give remote and low SES students free access to theatre made by young people, for young people.

ATYP is Australia’s national youth theatre and has been empowering children and teens to unleash their creative potential for over 50 years. ATYP On Demand will allow primary schools, secondary schools and children’s hospitals to access a range of productions, year-round.  
“Whether it’s distance or cost, many young Australians don’t get the chance to experience theatre and the positive impact youth theatre can have," Fraser Corfield, Artistic Director said.
“An involvement in the creative arts at a young age can improve cognitive abilities across all areas of learning, it sees young people more likely to volunteer, vote and connect with their communities. All Australians should have access to the arts regardless of their geographic or economic situation,”
ATYP On Demand will allow access to theatre at any time; the platform also provides real time streaming of new productions, so students can experience live theatre from the classroom. Teachers will also have access to interactive learning resources including curriculum linked lesson plans and behind the scenes interviews to deepen student engagement. 
Corfield says: “Research has found that youth theatre can positively impact mental wellbeing, reduce anxiety, build resilience and skills which benefit STEM learning, whether a young person aspires a vocational, technical, academic or artistic career.
“ATYP On Demand will provide students with an opportunity to engage with youth theatre and develop storytelling skills, improvising, technical skills and writing skills; all immediate outcomes of engaging in youth theatre.” 
Small rural school, Tocumwal Public School is situated eight hours west of Sydney is one of the many schools signing up to use ATYP On Demand.
“Our opportunities to reach large centres for performances are limited due to travel and costs affiliated with travel or simply not having access to performances within our district," teacher Laura Keech said.
“We look forward to utilising ATYP On Demand to support and extend our students learning,” 
ATYP On Demand is free and available for all teachers in Australia. For more information, visit the ATYP website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

17 Sep 2019 | Sydney
Wellbeing resource now available to parents News Image

Parents of kids in a bad way mentally have a new resource that they can access, SchoolTV the digital well-being platform.
Read More

17 Sep 2019 | National
Schools Robotics program wins Canon prize News Image

A program to promote STEM education for children took out the Canon Oceania 2019 Canon Grants Program this year.
Read More

10 Sep 2019
Immigrant parents can push kids in the wrong direction News Image

Immigrant parents want the best for their children like everyone else but cultural and aspirational factors can lead them to push their kids too hard and often in directions that they can’t cope with. Read More

10 Sep 2019 | National
Mental health in the picture in September News Image

Mental health is under the spotlight in September with three awareness days this month: Child Protection Week (Sept 1-7); World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept 10) and RU OK Day (Sept 12) focusing discussions around mental health. Read More

10 Sep 2019 | International
New book explores the global problem of teacher retention News Image

We need a lot of teachers but many of the best stay a short while in the profession and change jobs, it’s a global problem and one that resists any single solution.
Read More