Join our conference for headteachers and senior leaders delivered in partnership with IVE

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If you have young people in your school who are struggling with literacy skills, our ways of making first encounters with Shakespeare vivid, accessible and enjoyable may work for you.

Our growing bank of evidence and research shows how engaging with Shakespeare can accelerate progress in a student's use of vocabulary and their confidence with language. It also supports them to develop their reading, writing and speaking, alongside their resilience, empathy and meta-cognition.

For the past ten years we have been working in partnership with schools, regional theatre, academic researchers and other cultural organisations to explore how young people can best engage with the power of Shakespeare's plays. The results have proved especially significant in improving the language development, writing and attitudes to learning of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

We are building a strong evidence base that the dialogic and collaborative approaches employed in the real-world rehearsal processes of a theatre company can have a highly positive impact on confidence and enjoyment in working with Shakespeare, plus wider literacy skills and attributes for learning. 

We invite you to join our conference to hear from 

  • Fellow teachers and senior leaders who have experienced the impact of RSC pedagogy on the literacy skills of students in their schools, particularly students who begin with English language skills which are lower than average 
  • Young people whose language and learning skills have been developed through working with Shakespeare 
  • Education researchers who have analysed how and why Royal Shakespeare Company pedagogy is effective in developing outstanding classroom practice 
  • Policy makers shaping the future of your school

The conference is delivered in partnership with IVE, a social enterprise that is working to ensure a more creative future for businesses, teachers and young people. It supports the development of creativity as a transferable skill to improve employability and productivity. They aim to inspire the next generation of creative and culturally literate entrepreneurs.


Friday 22 June 2018, 9.30am-5pm


Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon


2017 Offer
Book before 31 December 2017 
£65 RSC Education Members, £75 non-Members

From 1 January 2018
£100 RSC Education Members, £110 non-Members

Plus add on a ticket to see the evening performance of Macbeth for just £39.50 when booking with your conference ticket.


Please call the Education Ticket Hotline on 01789 403434. This line is answered by a specialist education team available from 8.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday during term time.

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