Our impact

Since 2000, SSF has transformed the lives of over a quarter of a million young people and their teachers

We aim to:

  1. promote life skills, social cohesion and ambition
  2. promote educational attainment, especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts
  3. provide a unique cultural and creative experience to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds

Life skills

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious. With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instil curiosity, empathy and pride.
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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Academic attainment

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.
  • 86%
    of teachers reported that attainment in English improved

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 93%
    of teachers told us the Festival improved their teaching

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

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Inclusivity

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Our reach

At our core is our Festival - the world’s largest youth drama festival. We train and support teachers from primary, secondary and special schools to work actively and ambitiously with Shakespeare. This culminates in exhilarating performances in professional theatres. The impact of what we do is felt not only by pupils and teachers but by parents and the wider community. The impact is life changing.
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • More than
    1,000
    schools participate in the Festival

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

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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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