Inspiring children & bringing the curriculum to life in Merseyside & West Lancashire
The philosophy behind our lessons is to provide children of all ages, personalities and abilities the confidence and opportunity to express themselves and to deliver skills that can continue to be used by both pupils and teachers in the classroom.
We use a combination of drama, speaking, listening and creative skills to enhance the National Curriculum in schools and promote confidence in pupils.
Our sessions are about arming children with life and social skills, inspiring them to learn and creating an environment in which they feel comfortable about expressing themselves.
Big Voice – Aim High runs lessons & workshops in schools throughout Merseyside & West Lancashire. Our flexible programmes of sessions are adapted to suit the individual needs of your school & pupils, and can be arranged on a one-off, regular or termly basis. Our programme is fully inclusive & can be delivered in a special educational needs setting. There is no limit to the topics we can cover in our sessions – for example the human body, Mary Seacole, materials, the Tudors or any other topic of your choice. We also provide a unique approach to delivering Shakespeare & his language. Please visit our curriculum page for information.
Our programme is delivered in association with the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy.
Helen O’Grady Drama Academy is an international academy with 30 years’ experience of working with young people & educationalist around the world.
Big Voice – Aim High is run by two of its Principals Tracy Shirley & Rachel Powell who together have 20 years experience of working in educational settings. Between them they teach over a thousand children a week. They are committed to delivering high class educational sessions which enthuse, inspire & support children’s learning.
They delivered a drama session based around Shakespeare with Year 6. The children absolutely loved the experience. They were fantastic at motivating all of the individuals in the group, including the less confident, lower and higher abilities, as well as children with a range of challenging behaviours.
I was amazed at how certain individuals who are usually quiet and shy ‘came out of their shell’ and even read aloud by themselves.
Year 6 teacher, St Mary & St Paul’s, Prescot
They have covered our PPA sessions for the whole school from Year 1 to Year 6. They put together a fantastic Christmas production involving every child, in every class, producing a whole school musical, loved by the children and enjoyed by the audience. We are grateful to them for their outstanding professionalism and taking the pressure off the staff in producing a St Oswald’s Christmas to remember.
Headteacher, St Oswald’s, Litherland
Thank you for the fantastic sessions that you led last week as part of our World Book Day celebrations. The children all had a wonderful time and the staff were very impressed. We were all impressed with the different literacy elements of the sessions and I know we will be using some of these techniques in our day to day teaching.
Headteacher, Aughton St Michael’s, Ormskirk
Since joining the Academy Emily’s self-confidence and self-esteem has grown. The benefits of attending have also spilled over into her school life. Emily has made new friends both in her drama class and in school, her school report also documents the progress she has made in all areas and attributes this to her increased confidence.
Big Voice Aim High recently delivered an inclusive drama workshop for the Wolves Foundation’s disability summer programme. Working with children of varying abilities including downs syndrome, ASD and mobility issues. They delivered a high quality and inclusive drama workshop which catered to all of the children’s needs and abilities.
Leah Biddle, Arts & Education Manager, Wolves Foundation