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Shakespeare Schools Festival
Over the last thirteen years, the Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF) charity has enabled over 100,000 8-18 year olds to perform half-hour abridged Shakespeare plays, directed by their teachers, for an audience of family and friends in professional theatres.
This year, SSF is supported by the Department for Education. With a £140,000 grant funding an expansion to 1000 schools, 2013 promises to be the Festival's biggest and best year yet. The extra funds will enable 25,000 children to take to their local professional stage in 2013 and 50,000 children from 2000 schools to do the same in 2014.
The Festival is also set to receive £250,000-worth of professional advice from the Social Business Trust (SBT).
SBT professional investment will be provided by the Trust's partners Bain & Company and Ernst & Young and will support the Festival in becoming more sustainable in preparation for its expansion.
The investment from both parties will help Shakespeare Schools Festival work with another 100,000 children between 2014 and 2016 as part of the Shakespeare Generation project, celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Bard's birth in 2014 and 400th anniversary of his death in 2016.
As a non-competitive Festival, SSF specifically targets disadvantaged children and schools. Their workshops offer teachers the tools with which to engage a whole class, of whatever age, stretching the Gifted and Talented and giving the disengaged opportunities for effective learning. SSF challenges students to prove their potential and to represent their school in the community.
The Festival offers a learning opportunity for teachers as well as pupils, providing staff with the confidence and skills to tackle both the language and the production of some of Shakespeare's most exciting plays.
Find out more about Shakespeare Schools Festival on their website: