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Give your students unforgettable cultural learning experiences and deepen their understanding of the creative industries. Schools can visit us at the Barbican or explore our online resources.


Careers Rewired: Learning Resource

Suitable for Key Stage 4

Our Careers Rewired project brought together teachers, creative practitioners and employers to co-design a project-based learning programme that inspired Key Stage 4 students from three schools around career opportunities in the creative industries. Explore our downloadable learning resource that outlines three case studies from the project, providing example exercises for developing students’ fusion skills, and tips for this way of working. 

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Fun Learning Activities

We have a wide range of free arts-based activities that children and young people can get involved with from home or in the classroom. 

Fun Learning Activities Page

Barbican Box

Barbican Box

Barbican Box is a portable Box filled with the ingredients for making and creating original artistic work, inspired by our multi-arts programme. Barbican Box launched in 2011 as a theatre education programme for secondary schools and FE colleges in east London. Today, Barbican Box works across art forms, including music, theatre, poetry and visual art, and across 40 primary, secondary, SEN schools and FE colleges in east London, with a national development programme in Manchester, Harlow and Norfolk.

Applications for Barbican Box 2022 are now open.


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‘Invaluable in helping pupils to feel this performance venue is accesible to them both as future practitioners and audience members‘
Teacher, Barbican Box

Discover Barbican secondary schools

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Watch: Barbican Box Showcase

A creative education programme designed for secondary schools and FE colleges, Barbican Box aims to ignite, support and facilitate music, theatre and visual art making in schools through a process of devising and creating work from scratch.

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Watch: Big Barbican Workshop

We go behind the scenes of this year's Big Barbican Workshop as students explore all the art forms that the Barbican has to offer, from art, drama, movement, music to spoken word.

students at a workshop at the barbican centre

Watch: Barbican Box Theatre - Toneelgroep Amsterdam

We speak to Toneelgroep Amsterdam's Artistic Director, Ivo van Hove and the Barbican Box producers along with some of the participating teachers and students, to learn more about the impact of this year's project. 

Visual Art


Barbican Backstage invites secondary-school aged students behind-the-scenes to work practically with technical staff. The backstage tours give students an insight into the technical process of staging a production, as well as the broad range of careers in the production process and wider theatre industry.

Open to academic years 9 to 13.

We are not currently running Barbican Backstage. Details of future backstage tour opportunities will be advertised here.



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