As we mark the 1st birthday of The Curiosity Index, I’m reflecting on how we’ve created a little community through this constantly growing resource – and how proud I am of it and grateful for all those who have engaged with it in some way over the last year.
Whilst it has only existed in reality for one year – The Curiosity Index, or ‘The Index’ as it is affectionately known in our department, is an idea that took nearly six years to come to life! Constantly frustrated with the resources available from theatre companies that needed various editing and additions made until they were classroom ready – I saw an opportunity for Les Enfants Terribles to change the game a bit.
We had this back catalogue of incredible footage, images and assets and I was super excited about the idea of cracking this open for teachers to use in their classrooms. The big dream was a Pinterest-style website that could house a library of various resources to invite teachers and their students behind the curtain of the theatre-making process. BUT… I had zero budget and zero website-making skills – so that’s why it took so long to become a reality!
With the input of some brilliant collaborators and some generous funding from Arts Council England during the digital-learning push of the pandemic, we were finally able to get to work on this beast of a thing.
We initially launched with 297 resources and now, 365 days later, we host over 400 and counting. We’re so grateful to the Arts Council for making it possible for us to keep this product entirely free, it’s something I really believe in maintaining, so that teachers and students can access it equally, regardless of whether they have a Drama Department budget or not.
Through teacher webinars and site analytics, we are able to recognise what type of resources are most popular, and how our resources are being used so we can make sure that each new resource adds value to the everyday classroom practice of hard working teachers. Ultimately we are committed to saving you time by ensuring you can download, print, add to google classroom or link directly to our site so that your experience of using our resources is painless and even perhaps a bit joyful! The best way to ensure this is possible is to keep hearing directly from those using it, so please do take any opportunity you can to speak with us. Tell us what you’re using, or why something was tricky to use. Tell us what you want to see next and how we can adapt and add to the index to keep you coming back.
So talk to us! You can get in touch via our socials, or by emailing email@example.com – we love to hear from you all, and hope you’ll use and re-use the index as we continue to add resources to excite and inspire your students while lightening your workload at the same time!
Thanks for being part of our first year!
Head of Engagement
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