What Impact do the Children's Shakespeare Festivals have?


Follow the links below to find out more about how Children's Shakespeare Festival model meets its four key aims:

  1. To raise pupils' aspirations

  2. To increase confidence and improve well-being

  3. To increase engagement with the arts

  4. To develop the use of drama in the primary classroom 

We've gathered evidence over several years to help us understand how well we are meeting these aims. The various evaluation methods used have included feedback from pupils and teacher evaluation plus an in-depth pre and post project comparison for both pupils and teachers.:

AIM 1 - To raise pupils' aspirations
93% of pupils told us that taking part in the project made them enjoy school and learning more
AIM 2 - To increase confidence and improve well-being
95% of teachers told us that their pupils had clearly developed greater confidence from participating in the project
It was the best thing I've done at school and i'll never forget how good it was
95% of pupils told us that they liked Shakespeare and wanted to find out about his other plays
AIM 3 - To increase engagement with the arts
92% of teachers told us that they felt significantly more confident using drama for learning than they did before taking part
Thank you. My
class have blossomed through this project.
Now I will always know about Shakespeare. I'll probably become an expert!
I have loved this project! I think it's the best thing I've done to invigorate my teaching.

*Evaluation data from 700 pupils and 24 teachers who participated in a pre/post project comparison as part of our Royal Exchange Theatre Children's Shakespeare Festivals in 2016.​

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AIM 4 - To develop the use of drama in the primary classroom