Aspire Citizenship Event

In December 2010 and 2011, we facilitated two more end-of-term celebrations for Toynbee Hall's Aspire project. These events present an opportunity for participants to recap Citizenship themes explored during the term and focus on the topic they each find most meaningful.

Aspire - Spring Term, 2010

Polygon Arts is pleased to again be a partner delivering Toynbee Hall's Aspire project.

Aspire works with Year 9 (13-14 year olds) students from various schools across East London, encouraging them to actively engage with their learning and life opportunities. The Aspire students are referred to the project because they fall into the category of ‘excluded within school rather than from school’.

ITE Global Citizenship Initiative Report & Resources

Report of the pilot project, with detailed lesson plans, activities and drama techniques (class-in-role, image theatre). Also includes discussion around the concept of global citizenship and the value of using drama in exploring this subject.

Holocaust Education through the Arts

A group of students in a Pupil Referral Unit is learning about the Holocaust & Citizenship and creating original artistic responses.

Polygon Arts is delivering a scheme of work over a period of 7 weeks (half a term), offering a variety of arts-based lessons (using drama, photography, poetry, visual arts) examining different aspects of the Holocaust, encouraging participants to draw out themes that have resonance with their own lives.

O Patrin

Touring 21 September - 16 October 2009. Play & workshop package for KS3 & KS4 (with Romany Theatre Co & Border Crossings Education)

Touring London secondary schools 21 September - 16 October 2009.


Play and workshop package in association with Romany Theatre Company and Border Crossings Education, part of Origins Festival of First Nations.


The Flower (Touring June - July 2011)

A new performance combining dance, animation & original live music. Touring London primary schools 13th June – 1st July 2011.

 "Beautiful, clever, charming."

(Yr 6 teacher, Rhodes Avenue Primary School, N11)


 "The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves & had wonderful ideas for interpretation.

Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Global Citizenship Initiative (2006-2007)

The project pursued two goals: to introduce a global dimension to the teaching of citizenship across the entire curriculum; and
to train trainee teachers in drama techniques to deliver this (and other) aspects of their work.  Working
at Canterbury Christchurch University, Polygon Arts replaced a set number of tutored days during the

Power of Ten

A five-week residency with Key Stage 3 students exploring Anti-Social Behaviour by getting to know teenage characters Keely and Darren.

• UNDERSTAND motivations


• Look for realistic ALTERNATIVES

“The programme gave me inspiration and confidence.” Kate, age 15