We will receive a grant from the Clore Duffield Foundation to help us continue our education work during the pandemic, we learned today (Wednesday).

The grant recognises the vital role our education activity is playing in supporting young people and teachers across the country over this period, including:

  • Developing online courses that respond to the new needs of schools, teachers and young people
  • Creating extra digital resources for home learning, including a ‘Live Lesson’ of Macbeth which 33,000 young people watched
  • Working with BBC Bitesize when schools were closed to develop daily Shakespeare Lessons for KS3 and 4
  • Running an online Playmaking Festival with young people aged 7-19 from across the country
  • Linking up actors from our current company with pupils and teachers across the country for a range of distance learning projects
  • Giving advice on performing and studying Shakespeare from RSC actors to over 100,000 people around the world through #RSCHomeworkHelp
A pupil at Welcombe Hills School, Stratford in a Romeo and Juliet workshop day last year.

The award acknowledges the ways in which museums, galleries, performing arts venues and heritage sites continued with their learning and community work, often in new ways, despite their buildings temporarily closing due to Covid-19.

We are one of 66 cultural organisations across the UK to receive an award, including Birmingham Royal Ballet, Bristol Old Vic, The Turner Contemporary in Margate and the Unicorn Theatre.

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