Leeds Meets Shakespeare began in autumn 2017 and investigates whether teaching Shakespeare can raise the attainment of Year 1 English as an Additional Language (EAL) pupils in literacy and oracy, as well as improving self-confidence. The project is now being rolled out nationally and internationally.
The plays are inspiring for pupils to improve their Art, PE, Music, Geography and Design Technology. Leeds Meets Shakspeare also asks how Continuing Professional Development sessions for teachers around postcolonial (Bollywood and South Asian) Shakespeare might increase their awareness in the multicultural classroom.
The resource pack allows teachers to apply drama techniques and knowledge of the plays in a classroom setting. Learning about Shakespeare's plays through drama-based activities can help pupils develop key skills in all areas of literacy particularly spoken language, comprehension, and writing.
Leeds Meets Shakespeare is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).