Partners

We are proud to be working with fantastic partners

To explore partnership opportunities with SSF, please contact us via [email protected] or 020 7601 1800.

Our partners

  • Arts Award

    Working with Arts Award, SSF has created a clear step-by-step guide to achieving Arts Award through participation in the Festival. Our partnership also means that any of our Teacher Directors can receive discounted Arts Award accreditation and that our performers can achieve their Arts Award at reduced rates by using our unique discount code.

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  • Social Business Trust

    SBT’s mission is to support high growth potential social enterprises to scale-up their impact. They do that by investing cash grants and professional support from their eight partner organisations in a carefully selected portfolio of social enterprises.

    Since 2010 they have positively impacted the lives of one million people, providing £12.3 million worth of cash and in-kind assistance, including 25,000 hours of high-quality business support.

    SSF is extremely proud to have had invaluable support from SBT since 2013. This has been crucial to our growth and development over the last five years. From cash grants to build our communications capacity, to strategic input on our business model, through to secondees from corporate partners, to training for our team, SBT has been there every step of the way helping us to fulfil our mission and transform more young lives.

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  • Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

    SSF is extremely proud of our history with Wales, particularly since the Festival began there 16 years ago. Our partnership with Theatr Genedlaethol allows us to offer limited edition bi-lingual scripts that contain selected scenes from our 30-minute Macbeth scripts in both English and Welsh. Our schools can also enjoy the work of Theatr Genedlaethol at specially discounted rates.

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  • Splaat Media

    Every Festival performance is special. The culmination of months of preparation is celebrated in a thrilling evening of performance in front of friends, family and local communities. Splaat ensure that every moment is captured by professional photographers who are on hand to take and sell high-quality photos that ensure the night will never be forgotten and also give audiences and performers the chance to buy t-shirts, pens and other souvenirs of these extraordinary evenings.

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  • Conway Hall

    SSF’s partnership with Conway Hall allows us to offer workshops for the teachers we work with and our young performers in a fantastic setting. With a professional theatre space and two workshop rooms, their facilities ensure that all needs are met and their location in Central London ensures easy access for teachers in London and the surrounding areas.

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  • Shakespeare North

    Representing the third area of the UK, Knowsley, that has a strong historical connection with the Bard, Shakespeare North has partnered with SSF to develop our relationship with schools in and around the area. Our workshops for teachers and our young performers and the Festival performances themselves will benefit from this partnership.

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  • St Catharine’s College Cambridge

    SSF and St Catharine’s share a vision and commitment to bring the benefits of the study of Shakespeare to young people, focusing particularly on those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. To fulfil this mission, we are working together to offer CPD opportunities for our network of teachers in Cambridge and the surrounding area, focusing particularly on those who serve deprived communities. Through an additional CPD day in college, teachers will explore Shakespeare’s texts with university lecturers and SSF practitioners through a powerful mixture of discussion, drama and cross-curricular planning.

    Our partnership will also benefit the young people we work with through the provision of additional workshops and opportunities to visit and take part in courses at St Catharine’s College.

    We look forward to offering Residential courses to both our network of teachers and young people so that they can enjoy an overnight stay on campus and two days of workshops with St Catharine’s and SSF’s highly skilled representatives.

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97%
of teachers told us they developed strong leadership skills

We train and support teachers from primary, secondary and special schools to work actively and ambitiously with Shakespeare.

About our impact
95%
of special school teachers saw an increase in their students' resilience

We believe Shakespeare is for everyone. Every year children from very different backgrounds come together to perform on the same stage.

About our impact
79%
of special school teachers saw an increase in their students' confidence

We believe Shakespeare is for everyone. Every year children from very different backgrounds come together to perform on the same stage.

About our impact
87%
of teachers would strongly recommend the Festival to a colleague

We train and support teachers from primary, secondary and special schools to work actively and ambitiously with Shakespeare.

About our impact
As a result of the Festival process,
97%
of teachers are confident working with Shakespeare

We train and support teachers from primary, secondary and special schools to work actively and ambitiously with Shakespeare.

About our impact
As a result of taking part in the Festival,
97%
of teachers think they will stay in teaching for longer than 5 years

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

About our impact
98%
of teachers developed a strong relationship with their students through the Festival process

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 told us their students were better able to express themselves

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

About our impact
86%
of teachers reported that their students' academic attainment improved

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
93%
of teachers told us the Festival improved their teaching

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
86%
of teachers said that their students' behaviour improved as a result of the Festival

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
95%
of teachers stated that students were more enthusiastic about learning

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
86%
of teachers reported that attainment in English improved

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
10%
of participants have English as an additional language

We have used the power of Shakespeare to improve the life chances of thousands of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK and with children with special educational needs.

About our impact
11%
of participants have a statement of educational needs

We have used the power of Shakespeare to improve the life chances of thousands of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK and with children with special educational needs.

About our impact
12%
of participants are eligible for free school meals

We have used the power of Shakespeare to improve the life chances of thousands of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK and with children with special educational needs.

About our impact
27%
of participants are minority ethnic

We have used the power of Shakespeare to improve the life chances of thousands of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK and with children with special educational needs.

About our impact
More than
1,000
schools participate in the Festival

We work nationwide - from Aberdeen to Aberdare, Carlisle to Clacton.

About our impact
Our young people will perform in front of
65,000
people nationwide

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

About our impact
In 2018 we will work with up to
30,000
young people

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

About our impact
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.

About our impact
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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