Discover inspiring new ways of teaching Shakespeare and progress your work with RSC rehearsal room approaches on the Intermediate level of our Certificate Course.

Familiar with our rehearsal room approaches and pedagogies? Then our Intermediate Certificate course offers you an opportunity to extend your skills and knowledge to the next level.

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Drama Teacher, Birmingham

"I have learnt how to bring a text, any text, to life for my pupils. I have felt liberated from the constraints of stringent text analysis and got lots of exciting ideas to keep Shakespeare alive and hyper-relevant for a new generation."

English Teacher, Northumberland

"I loved the course. So relevant to our young people and gave me confidence to teach Shakespeare in a sensitive way. The strategies are hugely applicable across all year groups and a wide range of units."

Upcoming Course Dates

14-15 February 2025 plus 23 May 2025


To book email or call the Learning Hotline on 01789 331259 (midday-6pm, Monday – Friday, excluding Bank Holidays)


  • £700 standard rate
  • £450 state school discount
  • £300 ECTs (Early Career Teachers)

To confirm eligibility for our two discounted bursary rates (state school teachers and ECTs), please contact: 


To attend one of our Intermediate Certificate courses, you must have completed at least three days of training with the RSC within the last five years. This could include:

  • Foundation Certificate course
  • Three INSET days in your school with the RSC
  • Three days of training through our Associate Schools programme
  • Three days of training through our Teacher Research Network
  • Three Introduction Certificate courses

Our Certificate courses are designed for primary and secondary school teachers, although are open to any educator or support staff who work with Shakespeare.

Professional Outcomes

In addition to supporting research-informed and evidence-based professional development through an enjoyable and interactive day at the RSC exploring Shakespeare, teachers on our Certificate courses work towards specific professional outcomes.

Completing our Intermediate Certificate in Teaching Shakespeare course will support you to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to…

  1. Teach the form and structure of essential elements of Shakespeare’s language such as verse (including iambic pentameter), dramatic prose, and rhetoric.
  2. Teach your students to understand how metaphor, antithesis, imagery and other literary and dramatic devices shape key aspects of Shakespeare’s plays, including character, setting, themes and action.
  3. Examine the social and historical context of Shakespeare’s texts and how they inform contemporary understanding whilst recognising and challenging the 400-year-old cultural attitudes present, including racism and sexism.
  4. Edit Shakespeare’s text for developmentally appropriate learning contexts to design accessible and impactful lessons.
  5. Incorporate effective challenge and progression in your lessons on Shakespeare’s plays, particularly for higher attaining students.
  6. Enable students to make evaluative choices that combine evidence in the text with their own creative interpretations.

Course Content

  • Deepening understanding: further work on RSC rehearsal room pedagogy to explore ways to approach Shakespeare’s plots, language and characters with your students.
  • Contemporary context: introducing ways of working that ensure your students can engage with Shakespeare as a writer with contemporary relevance to our world today.
  • Anti-bias and anti-racist approaches: providing tools for recognising and challenging the prejudices present in the plays and throughout their 400-year-old histories.
  • Understanding language: an in-depth investigation of the language, rhythm, and structures of Shakespeare's text and how to plan learning about them in our classrooms with a particular focus on stretching and supporting high attainers.
  • Rhetoric and the art of persuasion: experiment with Elizabethan/Jacobean rhetoric and how understanding the ways Shakespeare structures arguments in his plays supports our pupils' learning.
  • Adapting and staging Shakespeare: by exploring interpretive choices made on RSC stages, develop ideas on adapting approaches to different classrooms or learning spaces.
  • Research-led and evidence-based: engage with the evidence-base about the impact of this way of working and arts learning more generally.
  • Reflective task: develop abilities to capture and reflect on how rehearsal room approaches affect student attitudes and outcomes through a reflective planning and teaching task back in your school between the 2nd and 3rd days of this course.


Day 1, 10am-4.30pm This day includes an evening performance in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Day 2, 9am-3.30pm

A gap for course participants to apply some of the techniques covered in their classrooms. This includes a reflective task on applying RSC rehearsal room approaches.

Day 3, 10am-4.30pm

NB Course content and structure are subject to change. Full details of each course will be confirmed after booking.


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