Arts Award and Shakespeare Schools Festival


Linking the programmes

Coram Shakespeare Schools Festival (CSSF) supports schools to perform abridged Shakespeare plays in professional venues across the UK.

  • Arts Award can work at different levels within your CSSF production, recognising students’ work directing, performing, working backstage and marketing

  • teacher-directed plays can be mapped to the Discover, ExploreBronze and Silver awards, while student-directed productions fit well with Gold

  • Arts Award offers opportunities for students to develop distinct roles and responsibilities within a student production company


Support and resources

Shakespeare Schools Foundation and Arts Award have developed bespoke resources for teachers to use in their classroom with pupils. See our mapping resources.

For further advice, guidance and support on how to link the programmes, contact the Arts Award team.


Arts Award discount for CSSF schools

As part of our partnership with Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation we are offering a discounted rate to all schools and partner arts organisations who are running Arts Award as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. This discount is available for all levels of Arts Award, and will run until March 2024.

The discount available is:

  • Arts Award Discover certificate fee: £3.05 (instead of £4.70) per young person
  • Arts Award Explore qualification fee: £11.50 (instead of £16.00) per young person
  • Bronze Arts Award qualification fee: £20.50 (instead of £27.00) per young person
  • Silver Arts Award qualification fee: £29.50 (instead of £36.00) per young person
  • Gold Arts Award qualification fee: £45.75 (instead of £53.50) per young person

Use the discount count SSF2023 and follow the steps below to claim the discount.

Terms and Conditions:
1. To qualify for the discount rate, young people must be entered for their award no later than 31 March 2024
2. The specified steps* must be completed when entering young people to secure the discount, otherwise normal fees will apply
3. Trinity reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time
4. No cash alternative will be offered

*Steps to secure the discount:

i. Provide young people's details via the Centre Portal as normal, enter the discount code (SSF2023) in the 'Comments' box but don’t press ‘Submit’

ii. Email Trinity to request that the discount is applied to the total fee. In the email, please tell us your centre name and the level you’re entering young people for.

iii. Trinity will process the order, adjust the fee in line with the advertised discount level and generate the invoice. You will receive the invoice automatically via email once the order is processed.

If you have any questions please email the team or check out the Arts Award Help Centre.


Hear about Clapton Girls' Academy's experience

‘This is a very positive experience for young theatre practitioners as it allows them to see the endless possibilities taking part in the arts can bring.’
Ishbel Nicol, Drama Teacher, Clapton Girls’ Academy

(Clapton Girls' Academy SSF cast and Bronze Arts Award achievers pictured below) Read the case study 

'I think that getting involved in the Shakespeare Schools Festival is an ideal way to participate in an activity or set yourself a challenge for your Arts Award. Moreover, I think that the festival can really develop your ability to co-operate with others and boost your confidence, in the way that a good arts event should. For me the experience has definitely been beneficial.'

Alice, Silver Arts Award achiever, Linton Village College


Trinity's Plays in Production assessments

Schools who participate in the Shakespeare Schools Festival can also certify their work through Trinity's Plays in Production assessments. Trinity’s Plays in Production certification is a group assessment for plays performed to a public audience. Productions are assessed as a whole and everyone involved in the production is awarded a certificate. Your SSF production may be entered at any level from Grade 1 to Grade 8 dependent on the age and standard of the cast and crew. Your school must be registered with the Shakespeare Schools Festival to get involved.



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