We often have special projects for schools and school age pupils, which run alongside our regular program of educational activity. Read on for details of some of our current and recent projects.
Shakespeare week is our national campaign to inspire Primary School children. Every year for a week during March or April pupils are invited to celebrate Shakespeare in new and exciting ways accross the whole school curriculum. Special events are held across the UK in collaboration with a wide range of arts and heritage organisations, and free teaching resources are available for teachers on our dedicated Shakespeare Week web site. Visit the site to find out more and get involved in our first ever Shakespeare Week.
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 - our workshop leader for this project - to create a series of exciting creative writing workshops which culminated in a celebratory event here at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust 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.
The Research and Development phase of the project was extremely successul and we are working towards launching our learning tool in the near future. Check back for details!
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. Children aged between 13 and 16 created a re-telling of The Tempest that was written, acted, directed and produced by the young people alongside industry professionals. James Clarke is our producer and you can find out more at the project web pages.
Click below to watch the trailer for this video, which was shown in full on the big screen during the Shakespeare on Film Festival 2013.
The Great Shakespeare Debate
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.