The world's largest youth drama festival

Summary for Senior Leaders

Be not afraid of greatness

Every year we work with over 1,000 primary, secondary and special schools nationwide, giving young people from all kinds of backgrounds and of every ability the opportunity to perform in one of the 136 theatres that we work with across the country.

"Every child in every school ought to have the chance to experience this magical process. To bring the enchantment of Shakespeare to thousands of children – there’s no more magical process in the whole of education." Philip Pullman, Author and Patron

The Festival process gives students vital life skills; it increases self-confidence and aspiration, raises self-esteem and promotes teamwork - skills young people need on whatever stage life has for them. From school refusers whose attendance soars, reluctant readers who seek out the full texts in their school library, to autistic young people who understand more about social interaction; we change lives every year.

2014 Festival - Georgian Theatre Royal (3)

Read about our impact or browse through some of the incredible success stories of Festivals passed.

We have put together a comprehensive sign up pack for you with all the information you need to embark on this life-changing journey with us. It is full of budgeting and fundraising ideas as well as the nuts and bolts of the Festival and how it works. You can download the right sign up pack for your curriculum below.

Do give us a call on 020 7601 1800 any time to discuss your ideas or challenges. We are here to support you every step of the way.

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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