We currently offer four levels of Certificate training, each exploring our rehearsal room approaches to teaching Shakespeare. All levels of experience in teaching Shakespeare are welcome on our courses, join us to enhance your teaching and your pupils' learning by exploring our techniques.

Each course includes a ticket to see a Shakespeare play in our repertoire, a resource pack of activities to use in the classroom, the chance to network and build relationships with fellow teachers and opportunities to work with and receive support from experienced RSC practitioners.

Find out more about what happens on our courses and the outcomes for teachers and students in our participants' blogs:

Introduction Course

Our newest and most accessible tier, the Introduction Certificate is a one day CPD course, introducing active approaches to teaching Shakespeare.

Summer Term course 12 July 2024

Foundation Course

Our flagship course for teachers new to using RSC rehearsal room approaches, the Foundation Certificate is three days of CPD investigating three of Shakespeare's most popular plays. 

Next course: 2 - 3 September 2024 plus 6 January 2025

SECONDARY ENGLISH TEACHER, RSC Certificate in Teaching Shakespeare (FOUNDATION), MARCH 2023

"The course enabled me to step out of my comfort zone and fall in love with Shakespeare all over again!"

Intermediate Course

The next tier involves three days which delve deeper into the language structures and historical contexts of Shakespeare's plays that make them so exciting to encounter in our classrooms.

Designed for teachers who have completed three days of training with the RSC, such as three Introduction courses, one Foundation course or other experiences such as through our Associate Schools Programme.

Next course: 14 – 15 February 2025 plus 23 May 2025


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

Advanced Course

Eligibility for the Advanced Course typically follows successful completion of the Intermediate Course and runs over two academic years. 

Next course details:

  • Launch event: 4-5.30pm, Monday 16 September 2024
  • Research phase: October 2024 - May 2025
  • Stratford-upon-Avon phase: summer 2025


To book onto one of our Certificate courses, please call the RSC Learning Ticket Hotline on 01789 331259, or email Please specify which course you would like to book onto.


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