Shakespeare Schools Foundation

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The Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF) is an arts charity which offers young people, from a diverse collection of backgrounds, the opportunity and support to perform abridged productions in their local professional theatre. Established in 2000, it is now the largest youth drama Festival in the U.K.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1164676)

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Situation

Students with disabilities and difficulties rarely get the opportunity to work in a neutral environment with other mainstream students. Access to a professional theatre space - both on stage and back-stage - and the chance to develop a close relationship with a local theatre and staff, is an equally rare occurrence.

Solution

Through SSF, Special Schools have the opportunity to integrate with mainstream students on a level playing field. Via a series of workshops and professional theatre days, students with disabilities and difficulties work directly alongside schools within their local community, allowing them to make new friends, learn new skills and be a part of a nationwide celebration of Shakespeare. This integrated, non-competitive approach to creative learning continues to attract more schools each year.

  • There were no barriers between our "special" kids and the others. We were applauded...it was real applause not charity or pity applause

    — Nevin Gouda/ Keith Park, teachers, Charlton School, London

  • The students have gained immeasurably in confidence and self-esteem, and that transfers to their home lives

    — Mary Jones, Director

  • To say that this has been a positive experience is to put it too mildly. It has reaffirmed my faith in the value of Drama...and also in my own job.

    — Allan Sutton, South Dartmoor Community College

  • The students have gained immeasurably in confidence and self-esteem, and that transfers to their home lives

    — Mary Jones, Director

  • There were no barriers between our "special" kids and the others. We were applauded...it was real applause not charity or pity applause

    — Nevin Gouda/ Keith Park, teachers, Charlton School, London

  • To say that this has been a positive experience is to put it too mildly. It has reaffirmed my faith in the value of Drama...and also in my own job.

    — Allan Sutton, South Dartmoor Community College