Evaluation Report of Prospero’s I s la n d: an Immersive Approach to Literacy at Key Stage 3

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Prospero's Island is an immersive theatre project created by Punch
drunk Enrichment and sponsored by Learning Partner, London Borough of Hackney (Hackney Learning Trust). The project sought to inspire and motivate students’ engagement with the English curriculum, and to develop an immersive approach to teaching literacy that would improve students’ learning.
Hackney Learning Trust (HLT) works with over 350 schools across the UK. With 500 professionals in 21 specialist service areas, the Trust explores innovative and evidence-based approaches to delivering improvements in c
lassroom practice and pupil attainment. Punchdrunk Enrichment (PE)
is the educational arm of Punchdrunk, an immersive theatre company
that encourages audiences to participate actively and
creatively in theatrical events. PE transforms areas in schools into fictional worlds in which students play an active role in the narrative.

The evaluation was undertaken by an Open University led research team. It investigated the value and impact of the project, focusing on:
•students’ attitudes to and engagement in English;
•students’ writing;
•English teachers’ pedagogical practice
Original languageEnglish
PublisherOpen University Press, Maidenhead
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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