The world's largest youth drama festival

Working Together & Sharing the Cost

What the charity pays for and the school registration fee

The total cost to SSF for each school's participation is £1,918 and we ask state schools to contribute just over half of this - £979 + VAT.  SSF makes up the difference through rigorous fundraising, selling tickets to each performance and through the souvenir merchandise we sell. We ask independent schools to pay closer to the unit cost - £1,575 +VAT, and again we make up the rest.

We believe the Festival is incredibly good value. With a maximum of 35 participants per school it works out at about £28 per pupil for a state school. We also know that it’s important to understand exactly what a school can expect for the fee. Here is a comprehensive list of everything included.

Support and Training

  • A Teacher-Director CPD Workshop, led by our creative associates - experts in directing Shakespeare with young people.
  • An additional CPD workshop for special school teachers on inclusive practice.
  • A half-day drama workshop for your students, hosted outside of school and led by industry professionals.
  • Technical resources & support to add light and sound to your show.
  • Regular contact with a dedicated regional Coordinator, and on-going support from everyone in the SSF office- no question is too small!

Shakespeare Schools Festival, The Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon. Riddlesdown Collegiate

Resources

  • A Teacher-Director Handbook: a step-by-step guide to the Festival process
  • Access to the BackStage area of our website. Here you’ll find your Festival schedule, important reminders and a resource library chockablock with scripts, workshop notes, digital games, video clips, marketing resources and much more.
  • Access to the Green Room where you can share tips and ideas with other Teacher-Directors.

Schemes of Work

  • Primary School Citizenship scheme based on Hamlet.
  • Secondary School English scheme based on Shakespeare’s language.
  • Special School classroom activity set.
  • Primary, Secondary and Special school Democracy scheme based on Julius Caesar.

The Performance Day & Experience

  • Hire of your local professional theatre for your performance, including box office, theatrical technicians, lighting, sound, and marketing.
  • Support with the promotion of the performance night, including posters and personalised marketing flyers for each school.
  • Professional photos of your cast by partner Splaat Media. Photos are charged separately, and are available for parents to purchase on the performance night.
  • Recognition! You’ll get a live appraisal on stage from a theatre professional after the performance, a written appraisal emailed to school and certificates of achievement for each Teacher-Director
  • The experience of a truly exhilarating performance in a professional theatre in front of a paying audience.

Any questions?

We'd love to talk you through our work. Please do give us a call on 020 7601 1800.

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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