Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Limited

Catching up after Covid: Young People in Need

Providing vital support for 25,000 disadvantaged young people in the West Midlands left behind in their education and personal development due to the devastating impact of COVID. Our schools network offers young people access to creativity, builds resilience, improves wellbeing and grows confidence.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (510842)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)


United Kingdom


Crises of 2020-21 - COVID, the impact of Black Lives Matter - have had a profound effect on young people in Birmingham, Europe’s youngest city with 30% of young people living in poverty & one of most ethnically diverse in UK. Young people’s confidence is shattered, education has suffered & belief in the possibility of positive futures shaken. Creative education is known to support these areas yet over 50% of teachers cannot find affordable, inclusive arts-based opportunities to inspire students.


Evidence shows that arts engagement makes a real difference to academic attainment, skills development & wellbeing. Our established, successful Hippodrome Education Network will grow to 34 primary, secondary and SEN partner schools in socio-economically deprived areas of Birmingham & the Black Country, enabling 25,000 disadvantaged & diverse young people to benefit from 125,000+ cultural engagement moments through weekly creative activities & inspiring projects led by specialist Learning Artists

  • “I was so happy to come back to school for HEN theatre. It was the one thing I was most excited about coming back to school for..”

    — Year 8 Pupil, West Bromwich Collegiate Academy, Hippodrome Education Network, Platinum Category

  • “I liked talking about what happened in 2020. Especially Black Lives Matter as I am black. I think Drama has made me speak louder which is good.”

    — Year 5 Pupil, Starbank School, Hippodrome Education Network, Gold Category

  • “Drama is my favourite part of the week. I have more confidence than before and new friends because I feel inspired and people are cheering me on.”

    — Year 7 Pupil, West Bromwich Collegiate Academy, Hippodrome Education Network, Platinum Category

  • "The return to school after such a long time off has been a daunting experience and caused anxiety in many of our children. They’ve been out of routine for a long time. The children who the Hippodrome have worked with have loved being able to redevelop their confidence and relationships with peers."

    — Emily Johnston, Oaklands Primary School, Hippodrome Education Network, Silver Category