The world's largest youth drama festival

Special schools

The Shakespeare Schools Festival is for everybody

Performing Shakespeare on a professional stage, special school students develop their communication skills, creativity and confidence.

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Our Workshop and Performance Days are fully inclusive and supportive. Over 90 Special Schools from all areas of the UK performed in our 2016 Festival. Your school can take part and empower your students to exceed expectations on your local stage in Shakespeare Schools Festival 2017.

Teachers develop their practice with workshops and resources tailored for the needs of their students, and the performers relish interacting with young people from other schools as part of the Festival process.

SSF gives Special Schools:

  • an additional Inclusive Teacher-Director workshop which explores directorial techniques that will suit the needs of your students, and provides opportunities to share best practice with experienced Teacher-Directors from special schools
  • the freedom to adapt an SSF script to suit the needs of specific students
  • 10 scripts that have been adapted by other special school teachers
  • contribution to academic accreditations including GCSE, BTEC and Arts Award
  • an opportunity for students to explore emotions, relationships, motives and consequences
  • a unique language-learning experience, helping students to find greater articulacy and communication skills
  • the experience of working alongside other local schools and sharing a stage with peers attending mainstream schools
  • confidence and a sense of achievement for students who perform in front of friends, family and their local community in a professional theatre

"My biggest achievement as a teacher in 22 years." Ruth, Deputy Headteacher, Icknield Special School

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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