See below for details of the certification level of our new Teaching Shakespeare Certificate.

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This course is aimed at teachers who have successfully completed our Intermediate course. In exceptional circumstances, where there is both significant and recent experience and expertise, it may be possible to join at Certification level (see ‘Eligibility' below').

Successful completion of this course will lead to the award of the RSC Certificate in Teaching Shakespeare. 

This course will develop knowledge, confidence and skills in RSC rehearsal room approaches to the teaching of Shakespeare.

  • Deepening and developing your understanding and use of rehearsal room approaches and the underpinning pedagogy
  • Helping you to focus with greater precision on the needs and expectations of individual students in your Shakespeare classroom
  • Further enhancing your ability to transfer approaches to different plays and contexts 
  • Supporting you in carrying out a small piece of action research into the use of rehearsal room approaches within your teaching of Shakespeare
  • Encouraging debate about the evidence-base around rehearsal room approaches to teaching Shakespeare 


Friday 21 February 2020 - 10.30am - 4.30pm
The first of two days immersive training at the RSC in Stratford. A ticket to see the evening performance of Measure for Measure is included in the cost.

Saturday 22 February 2020 : 9.30am - 3.30pm 
The second of two days immersive training at the RSC in Stratford. 

Time in School: 
For implementation of practices learned, and carrying out of action research. 

Friday 17 July 2020: 10.30am - 4.30pm 
The third day will focus on sharing findings from action research projects, alongside further training.

Saturday 18 July 2020: 9.30am – 1pm
A final half day workshop on extending your use of rehearsal room approaches in the teaching of Shakespeare. 


  • A resource pack of activities to use in the classroom
  • Access to experienced RSC practitioners/artists 
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • The chance to network and build relationships with fellow teachers 

You will need to arrange your own accommodation.


Costs for the full three and a half days of training, including a ticket to an evening performance:

  • £400 Members
  • £450 Non-Members
  • £250 for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)
  • £765 for non-UK based teachers

Please note: International teachers are required to have a solid foundation and fluency in written and spoken English.


There are two routes in to the Certification course; for those who have successfully completed the Intermediate course and those who have extensive prior experience, including a minimum of six days training with the RSC in the last five years. Applications to join at Certification level are considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have significant prior experience of training with the RSC and would like to be considered for the Certification course, please send a brief email to

Successful completion of the Intermediate course
Those teachers who have already booked or attended the Intermediate course can go straight to booking the Certification course. However, please note that attendance at the Certification course is dependent upon completion of the Intermediate course. Regretfully we are unable to send out performance tickets until we have confirmation of this, and reserve the right to cancel your place on the next course if these conditions are not met.

Those who have attended previous training
Those who have not completed the Intermediate course can reserve a place, however confirmation will be reliant on evidence of significant prior experience and expertise, including attendance at a minimum of six days training within the last five years.

Once accepted onto the course you will also be asked to provide a brief piece of reflective writing on a lesson using rehearsal room approaches in the classroom. This should be no more than 800 words in length and will be required six weeks before the course is due to start.


Booking for the Certification level will be opened later in the year. Please continue to check our website for details of how to book. 

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