Creative and Performing Arts

Edsential can help deliver a comprehensive approach to the Creative and Performing Arts by providing; residential courses that excite and engage, teaching in schools that raises attainment and meets National Curriculum objectives, Arts Projects, Exhibitions and Arts Festivals that promote community engagement and celebration.

Edsential aims to encourage young people to explore their artistic and creative potential. We can help you achieve ArtsMark and individual Arts Awards and can provide visual, tactile and sensory experiences and an alternative way of responding to the world.

We can help you enable children to communicate what they see, feel and think and create the opportunity for them to work with high quality professional artists and develop new talents, confidence and aspiration.

We have the capacity to provide whole school INSET or tailored CPD.

Debbie Cottam – Creative & Performing Arts Manager


I began my teaching career 30 years ago in a comprehensive school setting in Bristol. My passion has always been to engage young people in exciting learning environments which challenge and inspire them to be creative no matter what the medium. I believe that all children and young people should have an experience of the richness of the Arts and the opportunity to actively participate.

In my role as Head of Creative and Performing Arts for Edsential I take great delight in being involved in delivering a wide variety of courses in the residential service in both the primary and secondary sector, the nature of which are always developing.

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I also have had the privilege of working alongside renowned national practitioners and high performing subject specialists, facilitating tuition & INSET directly into schools and arranging projects, exhibitions, Arts Festivals and Arts tours abroad. Furthermore, I work extensively developing new links and partnerships for the Service with a variety of Arts organisations and educational institutions.

I believe that students grow as a consequence of learning that takes them outside of their normal day to day experiences and that the Creative and Performing Arts offers a unique opportunity for them to express their feeling and ideas. I still get a real buzz out of witnessing students achieve things that they don’t believe they can!

I hold a BA (Hons) degree, a PGCE and a Masters Degree in Education.

Contact:  or 07774 949427

“Creativity takes courage”
Henri Matisse











Arts Festivals

The delivery of Arts Festivals for cohorts of schools creating inspiring opportunities for pupils’ to perform and for schools to engage their wider communities. The service involves planning, liaising with identified co-ordinators, providing expert tuition in the Creative and Performing Arts, developing a programme, managing logistics, hosting an art exhibition and running the event.

If you are interested in commissioning an inspirational Arts Festival please email who will tailor a unique event to meet your specific requirements.

“As your story telling fellow said – its days like that that will live in the memory.”
Darryl Pickering, Head Teacher, Cambridge Road Primary School

“My teacher said it was the best festival we had attended, and was hugely impressed!”  Sutton Green Primary School

Art Events

Edsential host a number of events and exhibitions show casing children and young people’s work.

Art Projects

Edsential specialises in developing and running Visual Art projects that involve artists and educators working with pupils to produce high quality pieces of artwork. The projects take place in the schools and culminate in an exhibition in an inspiring setting.

“We have very recently been inspected and the work that you have done at various points with our children has been described as “stunning” in the report!”  David Jobling – Head Teacher, St Michael’s Academy, Crewe

Artists in Schools

Edsential has a wide range of experienced, well qualified visiting artists and teachers who can deliver inspiring and stimulating Dance, Drama and Visual Art workshops in schools.  These can support curriculum links, add to your extended offer, support your ArtsMark application and contribute towards experience for Arts Award at Discover and Explore levels.  These workshops provide  exciting experiences for the children that raise their aspirations and contributes towards their confidence in participating in the Arts.

Many of our artists and teachers can provide tailored INSET days and twilight sessions.

Please ring 01248 714 501 or email to make a booking or enquire for  further information.

“We have very recently been inspected and the work that you have done at various points with our children has been described as “stunning” in the report!”

David Jobling – Head Teacher, St Michael’s Academy, Crewe

Exam Support Courses

These courses are aimed at raising attainment in the Creative and Performing Arts and support schools with their formal GCSE and A Level syllabuses.

These residential courses are attended by over 1,000 students a year and the feedback from pupils and teachers alike is that they contribute to achieving higher grades.

“I just wanted to express my appreciation for this indescribable weekend. The way in which I got to explore every aspect of drama on stage and off stage was just unreal. Like I said to you, my dream is to become an actor and after this weekend I don’t want to return to normal school day life. I want to act and perform every day, re-live this weekend. I have noted down everything that I can! As I progress with my GCSE course I’m going to use everything I’ve stolen from you, and the other artists.”  Charlie Shaw

“Workshops were intensive, with students working from 9:30am – 9:30pm, resulting in some fantastic outcomes and really pushing students out of their comfort zone! Turton students were a credit to the school and great ambassadors for our Art & Design Department. All work produced throughout the weekend will be entered as part of students’ GCSE Art & Design coursework which, in turn, should raise attainment.”

Turton School

Pictures from Turston School – to see more click here

Pupil Residential Courses

We can help you deliver a comprehensive approach to the Creative and Performing Arts by providing residential courses that excite and engage children, contribute to raising attainment and meets National Curriculum objectives.

By providing expert tuition in the Creative and Performing Arts these courses unleash talent and enthusiasm to showcase the curriculum in a very unique way.

Our team have the range of skills necessary to engage, support and provide fun learning experiences for children and young people. They are passionate about providing inspiring courses which increase children’s aspirations and understanding of the Arts.

Teachers CPD

A wide range of Creative and Performing Arts courses designed to support the needs of teachers in schools. Venues includes Tattenhall, Anglesey and the Williamson Art Gallery.

“This was an excellent course which covered a range of skills which could be applied immediately to my teaching and used in the classroom. It was all practical which is just what I needed. I came away with lots of examples that I can refer to.  Lynn is obviously experienced in the primary classroom so all her suggestions and ideas were pitched just right. The course has given me the confidence to try all the activities out in a classroom situation and I can’t wait to get started!” 

Sam Robinson – Willaston Primary School

Young Artists in Tuscany

The Italian Art Education Tour is a highly successful A Level project, offering a unique opportunity to study and work in Tuscany, probably the most loved region of all Italy. Practical workshops run alongside organised visits to see the works of the Italian Renaissance artists.

Students use sketchbooks to record, from first- hand experience, their personal responses to the Renaissance works of art, thus developing their critical appraisal skills and adding to their knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of art.

“Overall this trip is an irreplaceable experience which I will never forget. It has helped me to develop as an artist and bring confidence to my approach to work. I am so shocked and proud of the achievements I have made during this whole experience. This was not just as trip, but a life changing opportunity that I am so grateful for.”Lillie Ford, Bishop Heber High School.

 You can find full details and book here