Booking now open for all three levels of our new RSC Certificate in Teaching Shakespeare

We are delighted to announce a new suite of courses for current, or soon to be qualified, primary, secondary and special school teachers keen to use RSC rehearsal room approaches to teach Shakespeare.

There are three levels of the course, building towards certification, and at each level we offer support and progression, allowing you to develop your practice in the teaching of Shakespeare.

For those with recent experience and expertise in using RSC approaches, it may be possible to join us at Intermediate level. In exceptional circumstances, where there is both significant and recent experience and expertise, it may be possible to join at Certification level.

More details about all three courses are provided here but please also see our RSC Certificate in Teaching Shakespeare FAQs.

  • Foundation Course: if you’re new to teaching, or new to using RSC rehearsal room approaches to teach Shakespeare, then this course is for you. It will help you acquire the knowledge, confidence and skills to begin using RSC approaches to bring to life Shakespeare’s plays in your classroom. This course is relevant to teachers of all ages and abilities, from early years to A-Level, and no prior experience of Shakespeare is necessary.
  • Intermediate Course: designed for teachers with recent experience (within the last five years) of at least three days training in RSC approaches, either through the Foundation Course or other experience of working with the RSC. (In some circumstances, we may consider training led by other theatre-based organisations.) This course will help you extend your repertoire, and engage more fully in the evidence-base underpinning RSC approaches.
  • Certification Course: eligibility for the Certification Course typically follows successful completion of the Intermediate Course. (Teachers who form part of our Associate Schools Programme should contact us separately for information.) This course offers an even deeper engagement with Shakespeare’s texts, RSC approaches, and the underpinning pedagogy to help you further develop as a reflective practitioner. In addition to further training, the course requires the undertaking of a piece of action research to help you capture the impact of this work on your classroom.
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  • Two immersive days of training at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • A ticket to see a Shakespeare play in the repertoire
  • A third, follow-up day of training back at the RSC, including time for reflection on how the approaches have worked in your school
  • Lunch and refreshments on all training days
  • A resource pack of activities to use in the classroom
  • Opportunities to work alongside experienced RSC practitioners / artists
  • The chance to network and build relationships with fellow teachers 


  • All of the above, plus...
  • An action research project

Full attendance, completion of the action research project and presentation of findings, will lead to the award of the RSC Certificate in Teaching Shakespeare.



Open to any primary, secondary or special school teacher. No prior experience of Shakespeare is necessary. However, a course requirement is fluency in written and spoken English where English is not your first language.


Acceptance onto the Intermediate Course will be based on evidence of one of the following: 

  • Successful completion of the Foundation Course, or
  • Attendance of at least three days’ RSC training, during the last five years, in rehearsal-room approaches to Shakespeare. We will consider, on a case by case basis, training with other theatre organisations

In addition, for those joining at Intermediate level, we will ask you to submit an 800 word piece of reflective writing about your use of rehearsal room approaches with your students. This will be required six weeks prior to the start of the Intermediate Course.


The award of the RSC Certificate in Teaching Shakespeare will reflect considerable experience of RSC approaches. Acceptance onto the Certification Course will normally follow successful completion of the Intermediate Course. 



  • £350 RSC Education Members, £400 non-Members, £200 for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and £500 for non-UK based teachers. 
  • 3 days
  • Friday 1 March, Saturday 2 March and Friday 14 June 2019 
  • Theatre ticket included (production TBC)


  • £350 RSC Education Members, £400 non-Members, £200 for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and £500 for non-UK based teachers. 
  • 3 days
  • Friday 30 and Saturday 31 August 2019, plus Friday 6 March 2020
  • Theatre ticket included (production TBC)


  • £400 RSC Education Members, £450 Non-Members, £250 for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and £550 for non-UK based teachers.  
  • 3.5 days
  • Friday 5 July, Saturday 6 July, Friday 15 November and Saturday 16 November 2019 (half day)

Please note that the courses are all non-accredited and do not lead to a formal qualification.

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