Prospero's Island

Prospero's Island is an immersive theatre project created by Punchdrunk Enrichment and sponsored by Learning Partner, London Borough of Hackney (Hackney Learning Trust). The project sought to inspire and motivate students’ engagement with the English curriculum, and to develop an immersive approach to teaching literacy that would improve students’ learning. This research  investigated the value and impact of the project, focusing on: students’ attitudes to and engagement in English;  students’ writing and  English teachers’ pedagogical practice. The research focused on the experiences of Year 7 (11-12 year old) students and  combined quantitative approaches (measuring changes to students’ writing and their attitudes to and engagement in English) as well as qualitative approaches (looking in greater depth at activities carried out in the installation and in English lessons, and students’ and teachers’ responses to these).