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Teach Secondary Awards 2022 – Highly Commended

We are thrilled to announce that the ERA BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource has been awarded Highly Commended in the Free Resource category at this year’s Teach Secondary Awards!

Judge Lizy Watson commented, “This user-friendly entry point into the Bard’s body of work lets users efficiently search through a range of archived and modern performances – not just of the plays themselves, but also adaptations of Shakespearean material and critical discussions, the latter of which allow pupils to improve their understanding of the plays and the quality of their analysis. It’s certainly useful having such an extensive range of material spanning multiple year groups stored on one platform, for accessing in class and for home learning purposes.

The Teach Secondary Awards help teachers seek out the very best educational resources to support their KS3 and KS4 students. Find out more about the awards here.

The BBC Shakespeare Archive offers a wealth of outstanding content to help bring Shakespeare to life in the classroom. If you’re yet to discover this wonderful resource we’ve selected some must-see programmes from the Archive that have been popular with teachers this year for you to explore. Take a look at some of our top picks below, which are just a small selection from what’s available to stream.

9 Must-see Programmes

Further information

Looking for more recommendations? Don’t miss our guest playlist with Drama & Theatre magazine, containing a selection of programmes chosen specially to help GCSE and A-Level Drama students access Shakespeare’s plays.

The ERA BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource was a finalist at the Bett Awards 2022, shortlisted in the Secondary – Free Digital Content, App or Open Educational Resource category. It was also shortlisted for an Education Resources Award 2022, named as a finalist in the Free Educational Resources category.

The ERA BBC Shakespeare Archive resource is only available to those in formal UK education and institutions holding an ERA Licence and is free at the point of use. Most educational establishments in the UK are already covered by an ERA Licence – you can check here. For more information about access, contact: 0207 837 3222 or email