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Welcome to Pintsize Theatre Podcasts!

Patrons: Dr. Amanda Whittington and Dr. Geoffrey Readman

 

Pintsize Theatre Ltd (Reg charity no: 1142448) is an award-winning theatre in education company from Nottingham, England established in 1998. Since September 2020 we have moved from live, touring theatre to providing online resources to support PSHE and RSE in primary and secondary schools. All content on this site is in line with DfE guidelines and the result of 22 years of research with schools, safeguarding agencies and charities in our area. Testimonials relating to all our previous work, can be found in the TIE Archive section of this website.

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Writer/director Ian Court on first day of Podcast recording - September 2020

SITE CONTENTS

See the Teachers' Notes - ESSENTIAL VIEWING video

There are two membership subscription packages. An invoice will be sent to the school's lead contact, once the subscription is requested. Once joined, Additional Users from the school's teaching staff can add themselves at no extra cost.

N.B. Subscriptions cover 1 academic year up to July 31st (inc) and require renewal each year.

Primary Schools Membership Plan
COST £95 ( NO VAT APPLICABLE) PER ACADEMIC YEAR
4 podcasts (all Year 6)
For further details and to join, press here

Secondary Schools Membership Plan
COST £295 ( NO VAT APPLICABLE) PER ACADEMIC YEAR
5 podcasts plus 1 film (Year 7 – 11)
For further details and to join, press here

Subscriptions cover 1 academic year.

Contact ian@pintsizetheatre.co.uk for payment details and invoice.

Each podcast is accompanied by:

  • a resource pack to promote further investigation of the issues raise
  • a podcast script
  • staff and student response sheets

All our podcasts have already been trialed as live, interactive drama workshops and are in full accordance with current DfE guidelines. New podcasts will be added at no extra cost..

Below are typical staff/student responses to each, from previous tours.

‘ABIGAIL’S STORY’

PODCAST (1 HOUR 6 MINUTES)

Years 6 - 9

CSE/Grooming Awareness and Online Safety.

AVAILABLE TO BOTH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY MEMBERSHIPS

“I thought that the workshop was of excellent quality and the students were thoroughly engaged throughout. It was definitely informative and sobering and I think it will have made a genuine impact on the students, in terms of internet safety.”
- Selston High School Academy, Broxtowe - Staff Response Year 8

“I think that it was powerful because it is basically telling you to speak out and stay safe. And it made me aware of how people online, are not always who they say they are.”
- Killisick Primary, Arnold - Student Response Year 6


‘KAREN AND LEE’ 

PODCAST (54 MINUTES)

Year 9 and above

Teenage pregnancy and parenting/RSE/consent to sex/alcohol awareness.

AVAILABLE TO SECONDARY MEMBERSHIP ONLY

“I thought it was brilliant. It was very accessible to the pupils and covered some very ‘uncomfortable’ truths, truths that youngsters don’t always have the freedom to hear/speak about. The pupils were gripped and very interested. It was fact-heavy, frank and direct.”
- Kirkby College Academy, Ashfield - Staff Response Year 9

“The play was good and very useful in an educational way. I liked the way they made it realistic and the sound effect of the baby was quite distressing to listen to. The whole piece was amazing!”
- Nottingham Academy, Sneinton - Student Response Year 9


‘ROSIE’S STORY’

PODCAST (42 MINUTES)

Years 6 - 8

Alcohol awareness, sex based stereotyping, bullying, hidden harm.

AVAILABLE TO BOTH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY MEMBERSHIPS

“I thought that the production was brilliant! We saw the last, about online grooming and thought it was amazing – this one was equally good. it creates something deeply thought provoking. I loved the fact that it didn’t patronize the children and was direct enough, for them to clearly understand the message of the piece. It wasn’t sanitized and therefore too vague to understand. Thank you so much and please come back again!”
- St Stephen’s C of E Primary, Nottingham - Staff Response Year 6

“I really enjoyed the play! Thanks for coming to help us understand the effects of drinking alcohol.”
- Magnus Academy, Newark - Student Response Year 7


‘SAM AND OLLY’ 

PODCAST (1 HOUR 12 MINUTES)

Years 6 - 8

Childhood obesity/body image/domestic violence.

AVAILABLE TO BOTH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY MEMBERSHIPS

“This was an excellent provision which grabbed the children’s attention and taught them a great deal in an interactive and supportive way. I feel it is by far the best way I have experienced of teaching this sensitive but important issue.”
- Orchard Primary School Ashfield - Staff Response Year 6

“I enjoyed the play, as humour was used to show the difficulties people face with weight, how they feel about the way they look, and what they eat.”
- The Dukeries Academy, Ollerton - Student Response Year 8


‘DOROTHY'S STORY’ 

PODCAST (1 HOUR 15 MINUTES)

Years 6 - 8

Homelessness, crime and anti social behaviour.

AVAILABLE TO BOTH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY MEMBERSHIPS

“The play and workshop in particular, raised so many issues that are relevant to our pupils. Not only have the children had to think about crime and anti social behaviour, but issues associated with relationships too. Thank you. Another valuable performance. The actors were fantastic.”
- Birklands Academy, Mansfield - Staff Response Year 6

“It made me feel like I know how people feel, when they are homeless.”
- Northfield Primary, Mansfield - Student Response Year 6


‘WHAT ABOUT ME?’

FILM (17 MINUTES)

Year 11 and above

Class A drug use and its impact on family life/domestic violence/hidden harm.

AVAILABLE TO SECONDARY MEMBERSHIP ONLY

(Please note that this film contains very strong language, scenes of violence and drug taking- viewing by staff prior to delivery, is essential)

“This video is by far one of the best contemporary source materials to use in addressing social issues surrounding Class A drug use. The emphasis on the perspective of a younger sibling of a user is a powerful emotional approach.”
- John Berridge - Chair of Nottinghamshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team & Former Assistant Director of Education 2004

“A brilliant British film about drug addiction and its effects on a family. It’s an issue film and is heartbreaking, honest and fantastically acted.”
- BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2004

AIMS

Pintsize Theatre’s aims in supporting PSHE and RSE in schools, follow current DfE guidelines and objectives. We also specifically aim to:

  • foster enhanced insight and resilience in avoiding and coping with risks to health and safety, too often encountered in the modern world.
  • help young people gain a contextualized, rather than exaggerated sense of what constitutes ‘risk’.
  • foster healthy scepticism in relation to received values.
  • assist young people to become aware of pathways to help and support within and beyond the school environment.

Please contact ian@pintsizetheatre.co.uk for further details.