Our Awards

The last 18 months have been an exciting time for SSF, with our important work recognised both nationally and internationally.

We have received prizes for our fundraising, our high-quality curriculum products and in summer 2018, were awarded the prestigious Praemium Imperiale's Grant for Young Artists.

The Big Give Awards

The Big Give is a national, annual fundraising event that takes place over one week in late November - early December. In 2018, almost 600 charities from every corner of the UK took part. At the end of each year, The Big Give selects the charities with the most successful, engaging and creative campaigns for its annual awards. We were delighted to win the first place prize in the 2018 Big Give Christmas Challenge Awards, recognising our creativity and efficiency in fundraising.

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The Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists 2018

The Praemium Imperiale is a major international art prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association, Japan’s oldest cultural foundation. The awards are often described as the equivalent of the Nobel Prizes, but for the arts. It is awarded in honour of His Imperial Highness Prince Takamatsu who was renowned for his longtime support of the development, promotion and progress of arts in the world. Previous laureates have included SSF Patrons Dame Judi Dench and Sir Tom Stoppard. Others include David Hockney, Antony Gormley, John Gielgud, The Royal Court Young Writers Programme and Martin Scorsese. 

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Education Resource Provider of the Year 2018

We were thrilled to have been named Education Resource Provider of the Year 2018 for our curriculum resources. Our inspiring schemes of work have been created by teachers, for teachers and cover Key Stage 2 to GCSE All schemes are linked to the National Curricula of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. All profits from our curriculum resources help young people in the UK become more confident and more ambitious, through participation in our annual Festival.

The Emcees Award for Best Donor Love

After a successful night at the Emcees Arts and Culture Awards for Excellence in Fundraising, we were delighted to come home with the trophy for ‘Best Donor Love’ example, which we were awarded for our Christmas card campaign. With every Christmas card we sent to our loyal supporters at the end of 2017, we enclosed a copy of a letter written by 10 year old Ellie, a Festival performer for whom the experience of standing up on stage had been life-changing.

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96%
of teachers said that their students were resilient as a result of the Festival

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
95%
of teachers reported that their students were better able to empathise with each other

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
99%
of teachers said that their students increased in confidence

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
97%
of teachers agreed that their students were better at working together as a team

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
94%
of students are more likely to seek out new opportunities

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

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More than
250,000
young people have taken part in the Festival

At our core is our Festival - the world’s largest youth drama festival.

About our impact

SSF is a cultural education charity that exists to instil curiosity and empathy, aspiration and self-esteem, literacy and teamwork - giving young people the confidence to see that all the world is their stage.

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