Project information

SSF's exciting resources for children & teachers

SSF gives children confidence & crucial life skills through the world’s largest youth drama festival.

We’re creating a Shakespeare generation. Every child deserves exciting, active lessons which give them the chance to shine and achieve - & this is what SSF is creating for children across London.

January 2018 - June 2018

Charity information: Shakespeare Schools Foundation

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  • Need


    The British Chamber of Workforce survey says firms believe that school leavers aren’t ready for work because they lack skills such as communication and resilience, which are built through engagement with the arts. However, the arts are being stripped from the core curriculum. The introduction of the EBacc has resulted in a decline of 8% in entries for Arts GCSEs this year, and a decline of 27% since 2010. School funding cuts mean that many drama departments are shrinking or disappearing.


    Our evaluation shows us that SSF’s active approach to learning is key to improving attainment, articulacy and engagement with learning. We know that participating in the arts improves employability and aspirations for the most disadvantaged young people in our society. This pilot project gives teachers a way to bring the SSF approach into their classrooms within the current curriculum, so that more young people benefit from our educational impact and no child misses out on creative learning.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To fully embed the active, inspiring SSF approach to Shakespeare in classrooms across London


    » Add to our resource library by creating a scheme of work for Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Henry V, Much Ado about Nothing and Hamlet
    » To differentiate each resource for primary, secondary & special school curriculums, ensuring dynamic learning activities are easily taught & enjoyed

    What success will look like

    Children & teachers will report increased levels of interest in & enjoyment of Shakespeare; Festival schools will report additional in-class impact alongside the Festival process.

    Aim 2

    To expand SSF's reach and impact to even more young people in London outside the Festival period


    » Make innovative lesson plans for 6 plays with availability to schools who cannot participate in our Festival, piloted in disadvantaged state schools

    What success will look like

    Children & teachers will report increased levels of interest in & enjoyment of Shakespeare; Festival schools will report additional in-class impact alongside the Festival process.

    Aim 3

    To diversify our income & strengthen our business model, improving our sustainability as a charity


    » Advertise our suite of resources for sale to all schools, generating vital revenue for the charity & allowing us to deepen our impact

    What success will look like

    We’ll meet or exceed our target of raising an additional £50k over 5 years from sales of resources, helping us to diversify our income streams & improve our sustainability.

  • Impact


    This project is an investment SSF’s future & its young people. A full suite of resources will allow us to offer a truly holistic arts education opportunity to every child. We aim to use the money raised from sales to fund the creation of resources for our other 12 plays, so this is a self-sustaining project creating an increasing revenue stream into the charity & our core projects.
    We’ll know this product is successful if school sign-up rates increase & our evaluation data continues to improve.


    There is a risk that there will not be sufficient demand for the products we develop. We have mitigated this by prioritising product development in London according to our most popular plays, talking to a focus group of teachers about their requirements & successfully road testing this product development approach in 2017.
    There is a risk that staff turnover could delay product development. This is countered by the expertise & training we have developed and our strong team retention rates.


    Donors will receive regular newsletters detailing the project development and its impact and reporting back on any changes. Donors will also be invited to London Festival events so that they can meet teachers and young people who are beneficiaries of their generosity & will have used the products.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £36,000 Salary contribution Education Manager & Creative Manager to research, write, test, evaluate & finalise products
      £3,600 Salary contribution Our Communications Manager will design products in easy-to-use formats using SSF branding
      £400 Print costs Contribution towards print costs for products
  • Background


    We will pilot this project in disadvantaged state schools in London, before rolling it out nationwide. We work in 136 towns & boroughs across the UK & deliberately target the most disadvantaged children. In 2016, 21% of our schools were located in areas that ranked in the top quintile on the Multiple Index of Deprivation. This project gives us the opportunity to widen that reach further, bringing SSF’s impact on children’s learning & life skills to schools who cannot take part in the Festival.


    Each year, up to 25 000 young people will benefit, from every background:
    27% from minority ethnic backgrounds
    14 % eligible for free school meals
    10% speaking English as an additional language
    Participation in SSF has a profound impact:
    97% of teachers said that their students increased in confidence
    96% described their students as resilient as a result of the Festival
    84% reported improved attainment in English
    This project allows us to embed creative learning in London's schools.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are experts in arts education. Established for 17 years, we have honed our knowledge and recruited experts to enrich our work. We have a high quality team of artistic associates and a highly-skilled internal team of practitioners who gained an average rating of 7.8/8 for delivery of teacher workshops this year.
    We have a team of teachers in-house, who have started linking the Festival experience to classroom learning and we have a strong cohort of Teacher Ambassadors who consult on our work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Stuart Rathe

    Stuart is our Education Manager, he brings 6 years of outstanding teaching experience to the role and will lead on development of resources.

    Francesca Ellis

    Francesca is our Creative Manager, she will be contributing arts and theatre expertise to the resources.

    Helen Hasse

    Helen is our Communications Manager, she is a designer and expert in digital marketing and will design and promote the resources.

Joe's improvement in Maths I put down to the experience of SSF. This new focused and positive attitude is now my standard from him and he responds to my teaching in the same way he responded to direction

Rebecca Glenny, Teacher, Warminster Preparatory School