In this digital version of our termly newsletter, read about a landmark study involving the RSC and Tate, our new website to help 11-18 year olds master Shakespeare, plus new CPD opportunities and more.


A new study reveals the unique impact of arts and cultural education on young people.

A landmark study commissioned by Arts Council England and involving the Royal Shakespeare Company and TATE calls for urgent change as thousands of young people and teachers express concern over the impact that declining arts and cultural provision in schools will have on future generations.

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The Shakespeare Learning Zone is now live!

Our new website to give young people the skills and confidence to master Shakespeare's plays launched this month.

The Shakespeare Learning Zone offers a more in-depth exploration of Shakespeare's plays than any other resource for young people. Aimed at 11-18 year olds, it explores the story, language, characters and performance of Shakespeare's plays. Specially created videos show young people how to use the same techniques as actors in the RSC rehearsal room to unlock Shakespeare's text at a level that suits their needs.

Explore the Shakespeare Learning Zone

Shakespeare Learning Zone

The Shakespeare Learning Zone Includes:

  • Step by step plot guides and timelines for the plays
  • Videos of key scenes and strategies for unlocking Shakespeare's language, explained by the RSC actors and directors that use them
  • Interactive content that brings characters and their relationships to life
  • Hundreds of production photos and other material from the RSC's unique archives
  • PEE grids to help young people structure exam questions

Teaching Shakespeare: Professional Development Opportunities

The approaches we've developed with schools over more than a decade empower young people to bring complex language to life. These approaches enable students to work on Shakespeare's plays in the same way that our actors do: making language truly meaningful through investigation and performance.

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RSC Certificate in Teaching Shakespeare

New dates have just been released for the next Foundation level course in our hugely popular RSC Certificate in Teaching Shakespeare, the first stage of a suite of courses designed to develop your knowledge confidence and skills in using rehearsal room approaches to bring Shakespeare to life in the classroom.

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Professional Development in your School

Wherever you are in the UK we can bring our Teacher Professional Development workshops to you. A CPD course is an ideal way to build the skills of all your staff or can be a powerful focus for bringing specialist teachers together across a local area. 

Costing from just £35 per teacher for a full day, your bespoke CPD course will be led by one or more of our team of Education practitioners, all of whom have direct experience of RSC rehearsal rooms, either as actors, directors or other creative specialists, plus extensive experience of working with young people and their teachers.

Each participant will receive a set of high quality resources featuring all the strategies and texts used during the day to support their planning and teaching.

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'Really fantastic modelling and delivery'

Primary Teacher, Solihull

‘Full of helpful, practical ideas which will truly improve my teaching’
Secondary Teacher, Portsmouth

‘Thank you! The best course I have ever been on’
Primary Teacher, Bath

Register now for our Free Schools Broadcast of Romeo and Juliet

Over 100,000 students are registered to take part in our free Schools' Broadcast of Romeo and Juliet on Wednesday 21 November. Don't miss your chance to bring this acclaimed production into your classroom.

Register now

New to our Schools' Broadcasts?

Here's how your school can get involved

You need to register online by giving us some basic information about you, your school and the students who will be watching the broadcast. 
You can also see the technical requirements
your IT system will need to meet in order to
watch the broadcast.

Nearer the time you will be sent an email which will give you access to the schools’ broadcast link – you will be able to test this in advance to make sure you are set up correctly for the day.

Our research tells us that preparing young people to watch the broadcast greatly
increases their engagement and enjoyment. We believe that using rehearsal room approaches to Shakespeare in the classroom can help students of all ages and abilities gain a meaningful connection with his work. Our range of Teacher Packs draw on this approach and allow young people to explore and experience Shakespeare's language themes and ideas in practical and exciting ways.

Materials for the upcoming broadcasts will
be made available at

The broadcasts start with a live introduction from our studio and include activities for students to help them engage with the production and get the most from the experience. The play itself is broken up into three parts, rather than the usual two, with further student activities between each section and live Q&As with actors from the company. Throughout the broadcast schools can use Twitter or the special message function on
the broadcast site to suggest questions for the actors. We will also provide an On the Day Broadcast Guide which offers discussion topics and questions for each part as well as some suggested activities. The broadcast ends
with a final Q&A.

See a broadcast in action

Watch our trailer which follows young people and teachers from Queensbridge School in Birmingham as they experience our Free Schools' Broadcast of Macbeth

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First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors

The full list of dates for our upcoming tour of First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors is now available.

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When Antipholus arrives in Ephesus in search of his family, he gets a little more than he bargained for. Strangers say hello as if they've known him for years, people give him expensive jewellery and someone rather odd seems to think they are married.

Two sets of identical twins later, everyone is very confused....

Join us for 90 minutes of comic confusion as young performers from across the country join a professional cast in this unique collaboration between the RSC, our Regional Theatre Partners and Associate Schools.

Events and workshops for students - new for 2019

RSC Education events for young people in Stratford-upon-Avon

Sixth Form Conferences: Tartuffe and The Taming of the Shrew

Students can take part in a practical and academic investigation of Tartfuffe or The Taming of the Shrew with these one-day courses designed to explore the language, structure and interpretive choices made in each production.

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Student Insight Sessions: Winter 2018 and Summer 2019

Interactive, pre-show sessions exploring Tartuffe, Troilus and CressidaAs You Like ItThe Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure.

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RSC Key 18-25s Summer School

Perfect for undergraduates, gap year students or those interested in in-depth explorations of the Summer 2019 plays in performance.

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Hearing from the Head: Why headteachers value working with the RSC

Azita Zohadi, Headteacher of Nelson Mandela School in Birmingham, tells us about the impact of the schools' work with the RSC.

In the Summer Term of 2017 our journey with the RSC began. Some of us had been planning this journey quietly for years, some of us already had the maps the shoes and the provisions. Some of us were ready to go without every knowing where, some wanted to walk alone, others together. The one thing we all had in common was the belief that this journey was going to be special: it was going to take us to different places, along different routes and at a pace to suit us all.

And so began the journey for Nelson Mandela School in Sparkbrook, as a Lead Associate School

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