Continuing professional development in your school with an RSC practitioner for Primary and Secondary teachers.

An INSET day with the RSC is a full day of evidence-based professional development for teachers. Focusing on one play it will feature several active approaches to teach it in your specific school setting.

If you would like to make an enquiry about INSET Days before you make a booking please contact us.

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If you are ready to book an INSET Day with us please complete the form below and a member of our team will be in touch to organise the arrangements.

Booking Form 2023/2024


INSET days for teaching Shakespeare at EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. This list is indicative of popular plays requested.  Let us know if you would like an INSET Day on another Shakespeare play.


A Midsummer Night's Dream is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare in the primary classroom. An INSET day will explore this well-loved comedy with approaches that build your confidence in teaching Shakespeare and support the development of your pupils' reading, writing and speaking skills.

An INSET Day on A Midsummer Night's Dream can include:

  • Playful activities that make learning about Shakespeare fun and creative
  • Inclusive approaches to introduce pupils to Shakespeare's text
  • Ways to explore the different characters and worlds in this play
  • Insights into our latest production running 30 January to 30 March 2024

Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous love stories of all time, and is often the first romantic play young people encounter. An INSET day will draw out this play's relevance for young people today and give you resources for approaching the complex and sometimes difficult themes presented in the play for primary pupils.

An INSET Day on Romeo and Juliet can feature:

  • Ways to use the text to support primary literacy
  • Activities that bring the world of Shakespeare's Verona to life in the classroom
  • Tools for approaching the complex and challenging themes
  • Insights into our First Encounters Romeo and Juliet, touring to schools and theatres around the country from January to April 2024


INSET Days for teaching Shakespeare at Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-Level for English Literature, Drama & Theatre or Performing Arts.

All our Secondary INSET Days include an introduction to using approaches and techniques from our rehearsal rooms in your classroom. 

  • Explore extracts from the plays, as actors and directors, including monologues, soliloquies and dialogues for key scenes
  • Activities for unlocking Shakespeare's language that invite discussion and critical thinking about the text
  • How to respond to exam questions with evidence from the text, especially for GCSE and A-Level students
  • Analysis of the key characters and their relationships

An INSET Day on Macbeth can include:

  • Approaches for understanding the major characters and their relationships including Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
  • Introduction to the themes of Kingship and Power and where to evidence this is in the text
Romeo and Juliet embrace.

An INSET Day on Romeo and Juliet can include:

  • Exercises for understanding the world of the play and its complex and challenging themes
  • Finding connections between the language and rhythm of Shakespeare's text and the mood and atmosphere of the play
  • Insights into our First Encounters: Romeo and Juliet, on National Tour January to April 2024

An INSET Day on The Tempest can include:

  • Activities that develop understanding of the world of the play and its complex, interweaving plots
  • Critical discussions about the racism and sexism in the play and how to approach these topics in contemporary classrooms
  • Resources for thinking about environmental issues and current affairs linked to the themes in the play
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An INSET Day on The Merchant of Venice can include:

  • Approaching the play with an anti-racist lens to address and combat antisemitism anti-Black racism and other forms of prejudice
  • Insights into previous RSC productions and/or the current touring production The Merchant of Venice 1936
  • Exercises that invite critical thinking and discussion about the challenging themes in the play
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An INSET Day on Othello can include:

  • Understanding Shakespeare's dramatic methods in the text
  • Resources for studying the structures and themes of Shakespeare's tragedies
  • Anti-bias and anti-racist methods - which acknowledge the racist history of this play - to approach contemporary study of the text and staging of the play
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An INSET Day on Hamlet can explore:

  • Analysing Hamlet's key speeches for written and performance exam responses
  • Exploring themes of madness, morality and revenge
  • Resources for staging this play directly from our recent production of Hamlet by our Next Generation Act company



Don't see the play you are teaching? No problem. We can deliver INSET days on any Shakespeare play or any play from our repertoire, including The Empress (a new GCSE and A-Level set text), Matilda the Musical, and My Neighbour Totoro.

Please indicate your preferred play(s) to focus on when completing our booking form.


Date/Time: By arrangement; with availability throughout the year.

Location: We can come to your school anywhere in the UK or you can come to one of our education spaces in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Duration: 6 hours including breaks; usually 9.30 am – 3.30 pm.


  • State schools*: £970.00
  • Independent schools**: £1,400.00
  • ITT (Initial Teacher Training) providers: £1,200.00
  • International schools: for INSET outside of the UK, please contact us for bespoke pricing.

*Including schools run by academies and local authorities, and free schools.

**Any education institution which charges fees for attendance, including universities.

Materials: We supply all session texts and materials via email in advance. Following the course, each participant will receive a set of high quality resources with detailed descriptions of the strategies and texts used during the day to support their planning and teaching.

Numbers: 10-25 people; we can quote for larger sessions if required.

Please note that we require booking at least 6 weeks ahead of an INSET Day.

For bespoke requests, please get in touch by emailing:

To book an INSET Day in your school please complete the form below.

Booking Form 2023/2024