Learn, challenge, ignite, inspire...bring Shakespeare to life in the classroom with our transformative CPD opportunities

Primary teacher, RSC Certificate in Teaching Shakespeare, Intermediate level, February 2019

"This was the best training I've had in a decade of teaching. Thank you. I am inspired."

Our inclusive approaches to teaching and learning can unlock the potential of every learner. Our playful and engaging ways of working help children and young people analyse, interrogate and make meaning from texts.

We scaffold learning by gradually increasing the complexity of the language being explored, starting with a word or a line and building to whole speeches and scenes.

Our approaches amplify the views and opinions of children and young people and can ignite a love of language and literature in learners of all backgrounds and abilities.

If you are interested in a continuing journey of development and learning, you might consider our Certificate courses in Teaching Shakespeare at Foundation, Intermediate and Certificate level. Or we can come to your school wherever you are in the UK. We look forward to working with you.

About rehearsal room approaches

"A host of fantastic ways to approach Shakespeare with my pupils...ways which will make our studies more accessible, exciting and fun!"
Secondary teacher, INSET day, January 2019

"This was the best training I've had in a decade of teaching. Thank you. I am inspired."
Primary teacher, RSC Certificate in Teaching Shakespeare, Intermediate level, February 2019

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From our in-depth RSC Certificate in Teaching Shakespeare, to bespoke INSET days created to meet the needs of your school, our professional development approaches can help all Primary, Secondary and SEN teachers bring Shakespeare to life in the classroom.

  • How will my students benefit?

  • How will I benefit?

  • But does it work?


This innovative suite of courses has been designed to develop teachers' skills and confidence in using RSC rehearsal room approaches in the classroom.

  • Three levels - Foundation, Intermediate and Certification - to suit all levels of experience
  • Each course includes three days of training in Shakespeare's home town and a ticket to see a play in the repertoire
  • A unique opportunity to work with theatre and pedagogy experts, as well as network with like-minded teachers


Wherever you are in the UK, we can bring our professional development work to you.

  • Courses tailored to the specific needs of the group of teachers taking part
  • From as little as £35 per teacher

  • Receive a full set of quality resources to support your teaching when back in the classroom

International Professional Development

Wherever you are in the world, we can bring our bespoke professional development to you.

  • Our experienced practitioners can travel to a destination of your choice
  • Bespoke course created for the group of teachers you bring together

RSC Summer School

The 75th annual RSC Summer School returns both in-person and online for 2022.

Join us in Stratford-upon-Avon this summer and explore our productions of All's Well That Ends Well and Richard III with talks from leading academics, sessions with actors and directors and insights into the theatre-making process.

My Neighbour Totoro CPD day

A one-day course exploring cross-artform approaches based around our new production My Neighbour Totoro, with practitioners from both the RSC and Improbable Theatre. 

Suitable for English, Drama, Art, Media, IT and Music teachers at either primary or secondary level.

13 October 2022, Barbican Centre, London

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