The world's largest youth drama festival

Primary schools

The Shakespeare Schools Festival supports primary school students to exceed all expectations

We work with over 500 primary schools each year. Through our enriching process, younger students are able to understand and engage with Shakespeare’s stories. We build their confidence, ambition and aspirations as they tackle the challenge of Shakespeare’s language and share their success on a professional stage with students of all backgrounds and ages. The Festival is a perfect transition project as children get the opportunity to work with their local secondary schools in workshops and on performance days.

“It raises their expectations and allows pupils to realise that anything is possible.” Headteacher, Biggin Hill Primary School

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The Festival offers a learning opportunity for teachers as well as students, giving you the confidence and skills to take on the challenge of directing a Shakespeare play, and empowering your young people to develop their own creative choices.

The Festival supports primary schools with:

  • a choice of 10 Shakespeare scripts abridged to suit younger children
  • Director's notes to complement these scripts and support your practise
  • KS2 curriculum resources to embed your Festival journey into the classroom.
  • toolkits for involving your whole school in the process - from marketing teams to technical students.

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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