We believe that young people get the most out of Shakespeare's plays when they work on them actively, speaking the text aloud. Here's what we know about the impact of that approach on young people of all ages and abilities.

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Here you can explore our case studies, find out about research initiative Tracking Arts Engagement and Learning and read articles and reports featuring our work.

Featured Case Study

We have been working with Springhead Primary School in Stoke-on-Trent since 2013 as part of the Learning and Performance Network. Here, Headteacher Brian Anderson talks about the impact of this project on his pupils:

“I would say that the learning partnership with the RSC has had a greater impact on the learning of the children that any other professional development my staff have had over the 12 years that I have been a head teacher. 

My school is in an area that I would describe as socially and economically deprived, and the families are also generally deprived of literature. This has resulted in the children having:

  • limited vocabulary,
  • limited range of reading
  • limited reading heritage 

They have the mechanics of reading and writing but struggle to develop the higher levels – I would call it the craft of the writer and the ability to put language together, something that it is hard to get unless the children are swamped with good literature. The RSC project makes this possible.

As a school we have tried lots of approaches to raising the standards for the children. None of them have had the longevity that the RSC project has”

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