Elizabeth and Shakespeare: A Royal Drama Workshop

A fantastic opportunity for a company to support a new, immersive educational workshop at the Royal Armouries.

Our vision is that every child will be able to access our museum learning experience regardless of socio-economic background, and the Covid-19 pandemic has only emphasised the critical importance of our formal education team in supporting the work of local schools. Although a national museum, the Royal Armouries is rooted in the communities it serves and we are committed to making a difference to school children here in Leeds, whether that is on-site at our flagship museum, or via digital outreach in the classroom.

The Royal Armouries education team has continued to deliver our outstanding, award-winning formal learning offer to local schools and children throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, through our digital offering, but there is still more to do. Supporting children’s literacy and communication skills is a focus for our education team and is woven into all our formal workshops and educational resources. Our focus on literacy skills is becoming increasingly critical given the growing evidence that children hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic are regressing in basic skills and learning. The National Foundation for Educational Research’s January 2021 report found that Year 2 pupils were at a much lower reading level in Autumn 2020 than in 2017, with an approximate 2 month-gap in the current cohort’s reading skills. This gap is more pronounced for pupils from socio-economically deprived backgrounds, where the reading gap is estimated to be the equivalent of seven months’ learning.

Royal Armouries are creating a new educational workshop in direct response to this gap in literacy attainment caused by prolonged school closures. This workshop is interactive, immersive, and language-led, encouraging children to improve their overall literacy level, whilst developing crucial social interaction and communication skills.

The Elizabeth and Shakespeare: A Royal Drama workshop will see pupils assisting William Shakespeare to finish the play Henry V for Queen Elizabeth I, using and developing their literacy skills to do so, whilst learning how to become courtiers of Elizabeth’s court under her keen instruction. To deliver this successfully, we require new materials, resources and costumes, and we are looking for companies to support the workshop to ensure its success.

The Corporate Partner for Elizabeth & Shakespeare: A Royal Drama Workshop can enjoy:

– A strong opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to our local community and meet CSR targets

– A volunteering day for a small group of employees, on-site at our Leeds museum, supporting children directly throughout the workshop.

– Acknowledgement on the Royal Armouries website, including a company link.

– Company logo included on our supporters’ board on entry to our Leeds museum.

– Acknowledgement on our key social media platforms (100k+)

– ‘Kindly Supported By’ acknowledgements at appropriate opportunities throughout the workshop.

– Priority access to new exhibitions.

– Meet & Greet a Knight of the Royal Armouries experience for a small group of employees.

– V.I.P seats at our Annual Jousting Tournament in Leeds, hosting world-class champions from around the world.

– A dedicated Account Manager.

The Royal Armouries is a charity, and we have lost £6 out of every £7 of self-generated income due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is only thanks to the generosity of our donors and supporters that we can continue to deliver our outstanding education service to children who are least likely to be able to access such opportunities for further learning.

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