INSET Training

Puppetry Training For Teachers, Community Workers and Workshop Leaders

We offer INSET sessions for teachers and educators who work with children.  These sessions will give ideas for puppet making in the classroom/workshop setting as well as practical ideas of how to help the children manipulate their puppets i.e. simple games and activities.  Each participant will receive a small resource pack to support the session.  This INSET is suitable for teachers, as well as those people interested in making puppets and performances with children and young people.

“The students absolutely loved the puppet making session and many rated on their evaluation forms as a highlight of the course.  All three of you were truly inspiring in demonstrating how puppetry can bring all aspects of literacy teaching to life and as a consequence I know we now have 20 more nearly newly-qualified teachers committed to using puppets in their English classes.”  Frances Bodger (Lecturer in Primary Education, Department of Early Years and Primary Education, UCL Institute of Education)

Upcoming INSETs

INSET: Using Puppetry to Help Children Achieve Positive Relationships with their Peers

A CPD session for teachers, EYFS practitioners and educators

About the Course
This workshop will explore how puppetry can help teach children to manage conflicts and explore feelings around difficult decisions and dilemmas. The practical session will include activities and ideas that can be used in a classroom or group setting with children. Suitable for anyone who works with children or young people and is keen to learn how to use puppetry to support PSHE and Citizenship teaching.

The workshop will be informative and experiential with space to try out the ideas during the learning.

About the Tutor

Dinah Mason is a State Registered Arts Psychotherapist, Workshop Leader and Visual Artist.

She has 20 years experience of working with people of all ages with a wide range of needs and interests, and in various settings. She works with both  individuals and groups. For the last ten years Dinah has been working with children and young people, often with their carers and families too, in mental, emotional and social health settings, and in education contexts.   During this time her work has been wide-ranging, and she has also specialised in working with children who are looked after in foster care, those who are adopted  – and those who have experienced, and are affected by, trauma of any kind.

Dinah has worked with Puppetry in teams delivering Psycho-social Work  in refugee camps in Calais and Dunkirk, and in orphanages, schools, and to children living on the streets, in India and Rwanda.

Art Psychotherapy can offer a form of exploration, reflection and communication for feelings that are very difficult, and sometimes deeply buried, and therefore hard to identify. It can offer another form of expression where words are sometimes not enough, or hard to reach – or perhaps just unavailable, e.g. for children who have limited verbal expression due to developmental age/stage, or different learning needs –  or who have blocks to communication through experiencing trauma, past or present, ranging in a very broad spectrum, from seemingly small everyday worries to huge life-changing events.

In working with families and groups of children of varying ages, Arts Psychotherapy can level the communication and vocabulary differences between older and younger people.

Dinah uses all sorts of art and play  forms in her practice, among which are  paint, collage, clay, junk-construction, mask-making and performing, working with found objects and puppetry.

Dinah has long been  fascinated by and passionate about puppetry in all it’s aspects –  puppet-making, story-building, as a visual art-form and as a powerful tool for  embodiment of feeling.

Date and time: Monday 3 June, 4.15 – 6.30pm

Cost: £40/£30 concessions

Location: Little Angel Studios

BOOK ONLINE or call our box office on 020 7226 1787

Please note we cannot reserve places on courses or classes, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Follow this link for further information regarding concession eligibility. Concessions declaration form

Please note, online bookings can only be made up to 1.00pm on the day of the workshop .  Any bookings after this time must be made directly with the Box Office.

Concession bookings

Concession bookings must be made in person at the theatre, our Box Office is open 7 days a week from 10.00am – 5.00pm.  Please bring the relevant documentation with you. Call ahead to check availability of places on the course you want to book (0207 2261787).


INSET PACKAGES – We’ll come to you!

Inspired by – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt 

Learn how to make animal puppets suitable for EYFS and KS1

This session will teach you a range of simple but impressive puppet ‘makes’ that younger children will be able to access.  Inspired by our production of Micheal Rosen’s ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’, participants will learn how to make a range of animal puppets that feature in our show including a bear, a seagull, butterflies, fish a dog and an owl (depending on the length of session you book).  Most suitable for EYFS and KS1 ages, although designs can be adapted to suit a variety of ages.

Shadow Puppets

Learn the different techniques for making a variety of shadow puppets and explore how to use them with your pupils.

Book character table top puppet making workshop

Learn how to make our versatile person puppet that can be linked to story characters or history topics.

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All of these puppets are ideal for making in the classroom or educational/crafty setting, using simple easily available materials.

Your staff will leave the session with example puppets they have made and lots of ideas about how you can teach the children you work with using the puppets (depending on the length of session you book). This workshop is suitable for teachers, play workers, nursery staff and educators.


For up to a max of 20 adults (we can work with more but this will affect the cost)

Two hour session – £250+VAT

Half day session (up to 4 hours) – £325+VAT

Whole day session (up to 7 hours) – £425+VAT


To discuss your needs, check availability and get a quote contact: