What if Shakespeare could help your pupils find their voice and dramatically improve their literacy skills?

A symposium for headteachers and curriculum leaders on 22 June 2018

The approaches we’ve developed with schools over more than a decade empower young people to bring complex language to life. They do this by approaching the text in the same way that our actors do in a professional rehearsal room: making language truly meaningful through investigation and performance.

In-depth research shows that increased confidence with Shakespeare helps young people feel more engaged in their school, their learning and their community. This builds their resilience and confidence to take their place in the world.

Both primary and secondary headteachers across the country are already seeing how these approaches accelerate the development of spoken and written language. They particularly help those pupils who find language difficult.

Join our Symposium

On 22 June 2018, we are hosting a symposium for headteachers and curriculum leaders who want to:

  • Hear evidence from schools who have raised standards by embedding these approaches in a knowledge-rich curriculum
  • Experience rehearsal room approaches to Shakespeare
  • Find out how this work has been commended by Ofsted and underpinned by research conducted by the University of Nottingham and the University of Warwick
  • Hear from IVE and Headteachers about how rehearsal room approaches can strengthen classroom practice across the curriculum
  • Take away practical ideas and actions to implement in school

This symposium 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 improved employability and productivity. They aim to inspire the next generation of creative and culturally literate entrepreneurs.

VENUE

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

DATE

Friday 22 June 2018, 10am-5pm

Cost

Tickets £100 RSC Education Members / £110 non-Members

Early Bird Offer
Book two places from the same school before 31 March 2018 for just £65 per person RSC Education Members / £75 non-Members

Symposium ticket includes free shuttlebus between Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Parkway Railway Stations and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre – see details below.

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

How to book

Please email education.boxoffice@rsc.org.uk or 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.

Keynote Speakers

Geoff Barton

General Secretary, the Association of School & College Leaders (ASCL)

Geoff studied English and Linguistics at the University of Lancaster, then trained to teach at Leicester University. From 2002 to 2017 he was headteacher of King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds, a comprehensive school of 1650 students.

He is a Founding Fellow of the English Association and writes for a range of newspapers and journals. He has worked with various organisations, including the Department for Education, on leadership and literacy.

Geoff was a longstanding member of ASCL Council, former chair of its Pedagogy Committee, is Patron of the English and Media Centre, and a ‘Leading Thinker’ for the National Education Trust. He became General Secretary of ASCL in April 2017.

Other speakers to be announced

Schedule

10.00–10.30am Registration and coffee

10.30–10.45am Welcome including a short performance by young people

10.45–11.05am Keynote speech, details to be announced

11.15am–12.45pm Presentations and Workshops (see more information below)

12.45–1.30pm Lunch

1.30–3.00pm Presentations and workshops

3.00–3.25pm Coffee

3.25–4.20pm How Shakespeare’s language helps us think, communicate and learn
Onstage event with RSC actors, and experts in language and pedagogy

4.20–4.40pm Keynote speech: Geoff Barton
General Secretary, the Association of School & College Leaders (ASCL)

4.40–5.00pm Panel discussion with Young Shakespeare Ambassadors - young people from across the country talking about the impact of Shakespeare and RSC pedagogy on their learning.

7.15pm Macbeth
See Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack star in one of Shakespeare’s most studied plays (Special ticket price of £39.50 for symposium delegates.)

Presentations

Delegates can attend three research presentations, each lasting around 20 minutes including time for discussion and questions. There will be around 15 to choose from, including:

  • Headteachers and students from primary and secondary schools share the impact of their work with the RSC
  • The University of Warwick share new research about the impact of Shakespeare and RSC pedagogies in primary and secondary schools
  • Ahead of its public launch later this year, the University of Nottingham School of Education share research from a large scale study of schools working with the RSC and Tate. Discover what teachers learn from deep engagement with cultural organisations, how teachers can translate this learning into classroom pedagogies and what pupils gain from these learning experiences.
  • Hear about new IVE research on the impact of a partnership project with the RSC in primary schools in Hull  

Workshops

There will be a choice of six workshops for delegates to choose from, each lasting 90 minutes. Each workshop will involve discussion as well as some active participation.

We will contact you ahead of the Symposium to confirm your workshop of choice. Workshop options include:

  1. Primary school workshop – active session: experience rehearsal room approaches to deepen understanding of the learning opportunities for young people
  2. Primary school workshop – observing pupils: observe an RSC practitioner working with young people with time to talk with the young people about their learning experience
  3. Primary school workshop – curriculum skills: learn more about how rehearsal room practice can be embedded in a curriculum to support understanding of complex texts
  4. Secondary school workshop – active session: experience rehearsal room approaches to deepen understanding of the learning opportunities for young people
  5. Secondary school workshop – observing pupils: observe an RSC practitioner working with young people with time to talk with the young people about their learning experience.
  6. Secondary school workshop – curriculum skills: learn more about how rehearsal room practice can be embedded in a curriculum to support understanding of complex texts

Travel and Accommodation

Driving to Stratford

The cheapest option is for all day parking at Stratford Marina (currently £4)

You can find other options on the Visit Stratford-upon-Avon website 

Arriving by train

A free minibus service will be available from Leamington Spa and Warwick Parkway railway stations departing at 10am. The return journey departs the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at 5pm.

Accomodation

Find options for accommodation in Stratford-upon-Avon

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