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At the heart of English folk

Schools and colleges

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) run projects and workshops for children and young people throughout the education sector.

"Our children got so much out of learning about their locality - it brought our community closer together, which is not always easy, and it was an affirming experience for all of us."

Teacher, Marton Primary School

Working with schools, colleges, universities and youth organisations, we provide exciting opportunities for all age groups to engage with folk music, dance and song and learn about our dynamic, living, folk heritage.

We offer bespoke creative learning projects for individual primary, secondary and SEN/D schools.

Popular topics:

  • Folk song: singing, arranging, creative song-writing and performance
  • Ceilidh band: learning folk tunes by ear, arranging and playing for dancing
  • Dance - English country / ceilidh, morris, sword, step / clog, maypole


Our Resource Bank contains hundreds of freely downloadable resources to help educators bring folk arts to life in the classroom. Explore it here

Our workshops and projects can support the school curriculum, particularly:

  • Music
  • PE / Dance
  • Fundamental British Values
  • English
  • History


We partner with music education hubs, museums and other organisations to deliver regional and national schools projects.

Contact us to discuss your needs. We'd love to hear from you!
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Past projects

The Full English
As part of our national The Full English project, our largest learning programme to date, we worked with one primary and one secondary school in each of England’s nine regions in the academic year 2013/14. Each school explored songs, tunes, dances and drama, often from their own region, included in the collections that make up The Full English archives. The year-long project culminated in a performance which was shared at a national conference in Birmingham on 25 June 2014.

To find out more, visit The Full English learning programme page, read the case studies booklet 'How folk music dance and drama inspired learning in schools', or watch the mini documentary films of the project.

To read about more of our recent education projects with schools, please visit our past projects page.


Discover more

Are you involved in the teaching of traditional folk song, music, dance or other arts?
Why not join the Folk Educators Group, the national networking group for all those involved in folk arts education.

Donate now

There's never been a better time to donate to EFDSS - between now and 2019 your donation will be matched by Arts Council England!