We often have special projects for schools or school age pupils which run alongside our regular program of educational activity. Read on for details of some of our current projects.
Shakespeare week is our new national campaign to inspire Primary School children. Every year for a week during March or April pupils will be invited to celebrate Shakespeare accross the curriculum. Free resources are available for teachers on our dedicated Shakespeare Week web site.
Shakespeare - In our own words
This project, funded by the Clore Duffield Foundation, involved working with 6 local schools at Key stage 3. The project saw pupils exploring Shakespeare's and their own linguistic creativity to re-tell Shakespeare's stories in new poetic forms. We worked with Robin Price who was our workshop leader for this project to create a series of very exciting creative writing workshops which culminated in a celebratory event here in the spring/summer of 2013.
National Outreach - Research and Development Phase
Working with 16 teacher training institutions we researched and developed a teaching resource. In phase 1 we gathered data from over 350 trainee teachers about the teaching of Shakespeare in secondary schools. We explored challenges and looked for educational solutions. From this research we have worked towards developing a digital learning tool which can be delivered in classrooms nationwide. This will be launched in Janurary 2014.
Shakespeare in the Community - Urban Voices
Working in partnership with several Birmingham-based groups we made a community film in Birmingham in spring of 2013. Working with children aged between 13 and 16 we created a re-telling of The Tempest written, acted, directed and produced by the young people working with industry professionals. James Clarke is our producer and you can find out more at the project web pages.
we have now made a trailer for this video which was shown in full on the big screen during the Shakespeare on Film Festival 2013.
The Great Shakespeare Debate - 2013
The Great Shakespeare Debate - our debating competition for A level students - is currently having a refresh. We are looking at ways to open it out to more people with a greater regional impact. We are exploring the possibility of working with universities to host regional selection days for the finals, which would be held here in Stratford-upon-Avon. We hope to see this popular competition grow and become richer. To find out more about the Great Shakespeare Debate click here.