See the list of free activities available through 11 By 11. Contact us to find out more about each activity and to discuss your requirements.

Last Updated 21 January 2021

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11 by 11: inspiring young people through culture

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Royal Opera House

Key Stage:SENDKS3


Discover, explore and immerse your classroom in the world of opera, ballet and theatrecraft through the Royal Opera House’s bespoke learning programme for teachers and schools.

Royal Opera House Create and Sing programme 2021: 

Create and Sing is an innovative singing and drama programme for Key Stages 1-3, which supports young people’s creative learning and gives voice to their creativity.

This two-part twilight training course, led by ROH drama and music practitioners, introduces the programme, pedagogy and resources. Teachers are then guided through imaginative approaches to making opera to support students’ singing and creative learning. Each training course focuses on our 5-lesson Explorer courses, based on either Hansel and Gretel or Carmen.

Please follow the links below to book onto this course: 

Create and Sing Hansel & Gretel part 1 03/03/21 16:00-18:00  
Create and Sing Hansel & Gretel part 2 09/03/21 16:00-18:00  

Create and Sing Carmen part 1 18/03/21 16:30-18:30  
Create and Sing Carmen part 2 21/04/21 16:30-18:30 

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Company 3

Key Stage: KS3KS4

Curriculum: EnglishPSHE

Company Three (originally Islington Community Theatre) Is a theatre company working with young people in Islington. We exist to create a world where teenagers are listened to, understood and celebrated.

Directors in (Google) Classrooms

During the current lockdown, Company Three want to support drama teachers in Islington Secondary Schools by offering them up to five free online sessions with leading professional directors. These directors, with experience of working in some of the UK's biggest theatres, will be on hand to attend classes, work on text or monologues, inspire students and support planning. There are no other requirements or aims - we just want to support teachers with support from some brilliant theatre artists.

How it works

  • Complete the expression of interst form below to claim your free sessions (offered on a first-come-first-served basis).
  • Nuna at Company 3 will connect you with a director, who you can book into the online classes that work best for you.
  • The director will talk about your needs, come into your sessions and help in any way they can.
  • This is offered entirely free and without any strings attached.

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Estimated Waiting Time - Lauren Reed Productions

Key Stage: KS3Estimated Waiting TimeKS4KS5


Covid-19 and the current restrictions of lockdown present significant, unfamiliar challenges to young people. Estimated Waiting Time is a new play with a focus on the well being of your students. The show, together with associated workshops, will give students the opportunity to express concerns surrounding mental health, loneliness and isolation. 

This is available free of charge to all secondary schools and youth organisations across Islington. Funded by Arts Council England, with support from Islington Council, we want to bring this play, and our specifically designed workshops, to young people aged 13 to 19 to:

  • provide an outlet for them to discuss isolation and the effects of lockdown

  • strengthen communication around mental health and the effects of loneliness

  • create a safe platform to engage with young adults away from home

  • support teachers, care workers and staff with the Recovery Curriculum


When: Available online or for live performances between 8-31 March 2021 

Who: Suitable for 13 years plus (KS3, KS4 and Sixth Form). 

Please note that the script contains occasional strong language and the use of e-cigarettes. 

Where: The live show and in-person workshops can be brought to your school. Alternatively, you can have a filmed version of the play with the option to have a virtual workshop with our actors 

Covid Contingency: If you book a live show, but then have to isolate, you can postpone your booking, free of charge. If we are unable to facilitate a new date for you, you will be offered the virtual performance and workshops. 

More about the play: 

Estimated Waiting Time is set in a housing estate play area, where local residents Alyssa (42) and Lewis (15) meet by chance while looking for a place to escape their home lives. Isolated and lonely, the pair find a commonality, forming an unlikely friendship through their shared frustration with family, the systems failing them, and a love of storytelling. They go on to share their mutual difficulties about families and education, their dreams and aspirations, and the things that hold them back, helping each other see a positive future.

As a 15 year old, the character of Lewis will be recognised as a peer and makes the ideal vehicle for encouraging students to discuss issues such as loneliness, frustration and how we can behave differently. We will work toward creating a motto to combat isolation, which will be available for use across future lesson plans. A follow-up worksheet will be sent to the Welfare Officer with suggestions on how to use outcomes of the discussion in future learning.

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Fourth Monkey 

Fourth Monkey have new workshop offers aimed at young people considering their options for higher education or further professional vocational training:

  • Virtual Schools Workshop – while it is not currently possible to hold physical sessions, students will be guided through a drama workshop using a combination of live and recorded work. For groups of 10 to 20 students.
  • Virtual Q&A session with Steve Green, Fourth Monkey’s Artistic Director – a chance for students to ask any questions they have about drama school, actor training and specifically of course Fourth Monkey’s BA programme. Q&A sessions can be during class time for students and teachers only, or after school to incorporate parents as well. 

Students and teachers alike can also explore the Monkey House, our London training base, using our 360 virtual tour to capture the flavour of training at Fourth Monkey. 

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National Youth Theatre


Curriculum: English

This year the National Youth Theatre is again offering the Islington Pledge – providing Islington residents aged 11-25 who meet the below criteria the chance to sign up to the National Youth Theatre Hub and Audition to become a Member for free.

  • You will be aged between 11-25 by 25 July 2021
  • You live in the London Borough of Islington
  • And at least one of the following applies to you: 
  • You have been eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years
  • You are currently in care or are a care leaver
  • You are a full time carer for a parent or sibling
  • You are a single parent and currently aged 14-25
  • You are an ‘estranged student’
  • You are eligible for Pupil Premium
  • You have an EHCP plan in place for your Education, or have had a prior Statement of Special Educational Needs that covers your last year in Full Time Education

Please see more here for details  and you can contact us or apply directly

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Heritage and Museums

London Metropolitan Archives

Key Stage: SENDKS3KS4

Curriculum: ArtDesignEnglishHistoryScience

London Metropolitan ArchivesLondon Metropolitan Archives offer the unique opportunity to work with primary source material in a dedicated education space. From bespoke sessions to in-depth exploration of themes, students will be inspired by working with original local history resources and learn through first-hand experience of documents, behind the scenes tours and practical activities.

In Your Own Backyard

Exploring your local area is an exciting and fascinating way to discover history and the changes which have taken place in your local area over time. Find out what stories lie behind local landmarks and discover the different people who lived and worked in your community. Maps, documents, plans and prints provide the evidence.

  • Free Online Workshop: All school workshops have history, geography and citizenship embedded within them and provide numerous links to other subjects. Art, storytelling, guided walks and STEM activities are used to deliver exciting sessions linked to the National and London Curriculums.

Spring Term update

Due to current Covid-19 government restrictions we will be unable to host school groups on site at the Archives until further notice. Through the spring term we will be offering online Zoom sessions. as well as socially distanced/self-guided walking tours.

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The Liliesleaf Trust UK

The Liliesleaf Trust UKKey Stage:KS3KS4


The Liliesleaf Trust UK is creating a Centre of Memory and Learning (CML), within the former headquarters of the African National Congress (ANC) at 28 Penton Street, Islington. The CML will be dedicated to the heritage of the South African liberation struggle, international solidarity against apartheid, racial injustice and positive activism. Highlighting the contributions of Black, Asian and people of mixed herit age to the struggle is central to the CML’s mission as is supporting learning from and about diverse and inclusive histories.

Ethical Leadership - Newly Adapted Virtual workshop (NEW Spring 2021)

The Liliesleaf Trust UK and playwright, creative produce and theatre for development (social change) specialist Matthew Hahn are offering online Ethical Leadership Workshops. These are a unique opportunity to work with primary interviews of the former liberation leaders of South Africa and selected texts from The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (including Hamlet, Macbeth and Henry V and Julius Ceasar). The aim of the workshop is to inspire the participants to create a pathway to ethical leadership through the words of William Shakespeare & former South African political prisoners including Nelson Mandela, Sonny Venkatratham, Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni and others.

This programme has been specifically adapted from an in-person workshop to an online workshop and will utilize breakout rooms and screen sharing to enhance the programme. Suitable for KS3&4 and supporting English, History, Performing Arts and Citizenship curriculums.


Cultivate a Garden – Virtual or In School Workshop

Cultivating a Garden is a virtual workshop (delivered by Zoom or Teams) that mixes themes of community, justice, collaboration whilst exploring Islington’s anti-apartheid legacy. It includes a craft activity that offers young people the opportunity to shape the design of a new community learning garden for the borough.

We recommend a minimum of one hour for this session and can offer up to twp hours. There are a limited number of sessions available.

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Visual Art, Crafts and Design

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Key Stage:KS3KS4


A Grade II listed Georgian town house holding an art collection known internationally for its core of Futurist works, as well as figurative art and sculpture dating from 1890 to the 1950s. Our broad exhibition programme addresses artists and movements across fine art, photography, graphic design and fashion that questions our understanding of Italian art and culture.

Free Art Talks Online

Explore our twentieth century collection of Italian modern art with a free twenty minute online talk with our education staff. The talks will introduce the key art movements in our collection from Futurist and Metaphysical art movements alongside artists such Amedeo Modigliani and Giorgio Morandi. Talks are also available on our current exhibition Italian Threads: MITA Textile Design 1926 - 1976. 

Free Self-Guided Visits

Activity on hold during November 2020 lockdown

Visit our new exhibition Italian Threads: MITA Textile Design 1926 - 1976 and permanent collection when we're closed to the public to help maintain your 'bubbles'. Activity resources are also available to help support your visit. 

Free Creative Workshops

Activity on hold during November 2020 lockdown.

We are offering a limited amount of free workshops for Islington Schools as part of our Italian Threads: MITA Textile Design 1926 - 1976 exhibition. These are up to two hours long and can take place on a Monday or Tuesday when we're closed to the public.

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