Hello, we're Shakespeare and More.
We love to teach English. And we especially love teaching great literature to primary school children. We know these texts are sometimes seen as being stuffy or elitist, but we just think every child should have the chance to experience some of the most amazing books, plays and poems ever written.
We love teaching these stories and we know they’re great at helping children to improve their English. We hope you agree. To help we’ve created loads of planning and resources to help you teach them. They’re free to download and you can change them as much as you like to fit in with your way of doing things.
That's lovely. But who are you?
I'm James Clements, the founder of Shakespeare and More. For ten years I was a teacher and senior leader at a wonderful primary school in London. I also worked as a local authority lead teacher, leading training and supporting teaching and learning across a network of schools.
Now I'm an education writer and researcher, working with schools and academics to try and find out what makes great English teaching. I'm also lucky enough to write about education for publishers and magazines.
Shakespeare and More started out as a quick way of sharing planning for some of the books and plays I enjoyed teaching when I was a class teacher. In the four years since its launch, the site has blossomed and now thousands of our units and resources are downloaded every month. Which is nice.
Lots of people contribute to our English units, not least all of the teachers and children of the schools who kindly road test them for us. I hope you enjoy using the plans and resources as much as we've enjoyed writing them.