The first pilot of School Without Walls in 2011/12 was supported through an Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts and funding from the Ernest Cook Charitable Trust.
The further development of School Without Walls between 2013 and 2015 was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The three year grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation allowed the egg theatre to test the School Without Walls model with new schools, develop our approach to measuring outcomes for students, teachers and theatre staff, monitor impact over a longer period of time, and test how transferable the idea is to secondary schools.
It is worth mentioning that there is a ‘buy in’ required from all parties in order to make School Without Walls happen – both financial and emotional. The lead-in time to prepare for the residency needs to be built into the schedule and budget, where education staff, 5×5×5=Creativity and the egg have time to develop ideas and understand each other, in order to create a relationship, and a respect, on which the foundations of the programme is built.