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Shakespeare Schools Festival – Autumn Term of 2020

Shakespeare Schools Foundation (SSF) runs the world’s largest youth drama festival. It offers a fantastic creative opportunity to more than 20,000 school students aged between 8-18 years old each year.

Your cast of up to 35 students would become a theatre company, rehearsing an abridged Shakespeare play that they would perform at a professional theatre in autumn 2020. The annual festival is fully inclusive and non-competitive and builds invaluable skills which last a lifetime. We have performance nights at many theatres across the North West of England, including at the Capstone Theatre in Liverpool, Floral Pavilion in the Wirral and at Knowsley Leisure Centre and Culture Park.

After taking part in our 2018 Festival, 97% of teachers said that their students’ teamwork improved and 96% said that their students were more resilient. Students’ engagement in school and attainment across all subject areas showed a marked improvement. We know that our ambitious project has a transformative impact on students, giving them the confidence to succeed in whatever future challenges they may face.

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at At a local professional theatre



Shakespeare Schools Foundation

Contact name:

Katy Tranter


0207 6011 805

Type of offer:

Trip out of school Visit into school Classroom resource CPD/training opportunity for teachers Training opportunity for young person Networking opportunity Young people’s opportunity to make, create, compose, or perform Young people’s opportunity to visit, experience and participate in art or culture Young people’s opportunity to review art and culture

Key Stages:



£998 + VAT for state schools



Nature of activity or art form:

Festival / event Hands on Literature & reading Theatre ASD/other SEN-friendly Safeguarding in place for vulnerable young people e.g. Looked After Children

Subject or curriculum focus:

Drama English

Outcomes for children & young people:

Improved mental health and well-being Raised aspirations Raised attainment Social skills Future work: careers/employability skills Future study: access to university, FE or HE Global/international learning

Venue accessibility:

Lift access
Wheelchair access


Shakespeare Schools Festival takes place at professional venues across the UK. Your students would perform alongside up to three other schools in the area and showcase their hard work and success.

Sign up to the festival and you will get:

  • a professionally abridged script
  • a workshop for students with an expert from the theatre world
  • a full day’s CPD training for the teacher-director
  • a night performing at a real theatre
  • award-winning curriculum resources