Shakespeare Birthplace Trust comment on Arts Council of Wales Report into Arts in Education in Schools in Wales


Shakespeare Birthplace Trust comment on Arts Council of Wales Report into Arts in Education in Schools in Wales


27 September 2013

Commenting on the new Arts Council of Wales report on the way the arts and education sectors work together in Wales, including all forms of support for the arts in school, Anjna Chouhan, Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has welcomed the findings.

“The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust supports the aims and already has in place a scheme that will offer every primary school in Wales and the rest of the UK, an opportunity to take part in a brand new cultural and learning campaign which starts in March 2014 called ‘Shakespeare Week’.

Opening up opportunities for creative thinking in education at such a critical age is the chief aim of Shakespeare Week.  We are introducing the world’s most famous playwright in an appropriate way to children, at an age when they are most receptive, by creating a bank of free classroom curriculum resources that allow children to explore his influence, from literacy and science to sport and cooking.

Children taking part in Shakespeare Week schools activities will also receive a Passport to Shakespeare giving them access with their families and schools to Shakespeare-related events and activities organised by local and national arts and heritage venues throughout the UK.  

With Shakespeare Week we are working with organisations across the worlds of education, arts and heritage and politics to make Shakespeare Week an annual fixture in the primary school calendar.”

Currently 35 primary schools in Wales have signed up to take part in Shakespeare Week.  UK-wide the figure currently stands at 1200.

Cultural organisations from across Wales and the UK are invited to partner with Shakespeare Week.  So far Fluellen Theatre Company in Swansea, University of South Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan Universityare taking part to bring Shakespeare to life outside of the classroom.  For further information visit www.shakespeareweek.org.uk.

Jacqueline Green, Head of Learning and Participation

Anjna Chouhan, Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, 27 September 2013

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About the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust:
• The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times all over the world.
• The charity runs formal and informal educational programmes for people of all ages.  
• It holds the world’s largest Shakespeare-related museum and archives open free to the public, a collection which is designated as being of international importance.
• The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust receives no direct revenue funding; it depends on income generated through the support of visitors, donors, grant funders, volunteers and Friends.
• For further information visit http://www.shakespeare.org.uk