Shakespeare Schools Foundation

Aspiration for All

Every child should be ambitious for their future. Regardless of background, age or ability, every child should believe they can, and will, succeed in life. Support the 2019 Shakespeare Schools Festival and give young people across the UK a chance to believe in themselves. Give a child a chance.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1164676)

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Campaign target

£20,000

Amount raised

£52,510

Donations

79

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Situation

Disadvantaged young people are not getting the opportunities they need to succeed. There is a vicious circle of disadvantage, low academic achievement and a lack of ambition. In England, just over a third of children on free school meals achieve the expected grades at Key Stage 2. Research found that students from low income families who take part in arts activities at school are three times more likely to get a degree. Yet a BBC report found that 90% of schools have cut back on arts subjects.

Solution

The Shakespeare Schools Festival shows young people that success and self-belief is for everyone, not just those at the top of the class. Our mission is to reach more disadvantaged young people, helping those from low income backgrounds strive for success. Last year, 99% of teachers said that their students confidence increased and 90% said they were more engaged in learning as a result of the Festival. We want to see every child in every school have the opportunity to exceed expectations.

  • When reading in class he sat staring in different directions and would not engage. I gave him a role and he learnt the words. In class he began reading independently, including reading aloud. His mother says he is now reading at home, 2-3 short books per week!

    — A teacher from Gravesend tells us about a child in year 5 who could barely read before SSF gave him the confidence to read and learn.

  • When reading in class he sat staring in different directions and would not engage. I gave him a role and he learnt the words. In class he began reading independently, including reading aloud. His mother says he is now reading at home, 2-3 short books per week!

    — A teacher from Gravesend tells us about a child in year 5 who could barely read before SSF gave him the confidence to read and learn.