Shakespeare Schools Foundation

Transforming young lives through Shakespeare

Coram SSF will build on our 20-year history, reaching more children across the UK and focusing on giving participants from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to find confidence, develop life skills and raise their aspirations for the future - transforming young lives through Shakespeare.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1164676)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities


United Kingdom


Across the UK, young people from disadvantaged backgrounds struggle to develop the skills they need to succeed in life. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on education, with evidence showing the life chances of poorer primary pupils have been most severely knocked. Against this backdrop, Coram SSF’s work to develop young people’s confidence, aspiration and commitment to learning has never been more important.


CSSF shows children that success is for everyone, not just those at the top of the class. Our Festivals (inc teacher CPD, student workshops, curriculum resources and live performances) will support children to play, recover and build skills lost to the pandemic. With us, every child can exceed their own expectations and inspired pride in their teachers and families. Giving children a stage to perform on, we’ll ensure they can speak and be heard, developing key skills and making up for lost time.

  • “It was the best day of my life. I felt like I had just conquered the world.”

    — Student, 9, Old Catton Junior School, Norwich

  • "I support CSSF because I've seen first-hand the difference discovering and performing Shakespeare can make."

    — Hugh Dennis, Comedian and CSSF Patron