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.

“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 INSET: Making Emotion Puppets

A CPD session for teachers, EYFS practitioners and educators

Working with experienced puppeteer and puppet maker Joni-Rae Carrack, this workshop will focus on creating puppet versions of emotions that can be used within the classroom to further develop children’s emotional literacy. The session will include puppet making and puppeteering skills and ideas around how to use the puppets you have made to support PSHE lessons or when working with focused children.

The workshop will explore how children can use their emotion puppets to help explore feelings and develop a core vocabulary to express their feelings. Through exploring issues around happiness, sadness, expressing anger and dealing with fear and loss with their puppets children can begin to realise that feelings are normal and a part of us.

This workshop will support the teaching of PSHE and the concepts covered can help children to recognise their own and others’ feelings and emotions and how their actions affect others including elements of:

  • Beginning to recognise, name and manage their own feelings and emotions.
  • Beginning to understand that feelings are a natural, important and healthy part of a human being.
  • Beginning to recognise and manage the effects of strong feelings such as anger, sadness or loss.
  • Examining and exploring their own and others’ feelings and emotions;- knowing how to recognise, express and manage feelings in a positive and safe way.

About the Tutor

Joni specialises in “performing, theatre-making, puppetry, working with biography, workshops, research, using my hands.”

Most of her work focuses on mental health emanating from personal experiences and her own journey.

“I’m all about honesty, awareness, curiosity and starting conversation.  All I want is to make lives easier, tell stories seldom told and maybe find something beautiful amongst it”.

Joni splits her time between performing, workshops and facilitating Mental Health First Aid training. She has been a MHFA Instructor since November 2018 and works on behalf of Green Cross Training.

Date and time: Tuesday 15 October, 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


INSET PACKAGES – We’ll come to you

We can deliver CPD training in your school to teach puppet making or to explore ways of using puppetry in your classrooms. We offer whole day, half day or twilight sessions and can design a session to suit the needs of your school.

“The workshop was fab, I had a lot of fun and will definitely be looking for opportunities to try out this puppet template with pupils. I’ve never considered marionette puppets before but can see how much fun they
can be to make and use.” – Teacher feedback.

Puppets for EYFS and KS1

This session will teach you a range of simple but impressive puppet makes that younger children can access. Teachers will learn to make a range of puppets including animals, using easy to source materials that they can replicate with pupils in the classroom.

Shadow Puppets

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

Table Top Puppets

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

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: