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Terms and Conditions

Please note that your booking is not confirmed until payment is received. Once your booking is confirmed, you should receive an invoice from us with the details for payment. Please follow the instructions on your invoice carefully and contact us ASAP if you have any questions about it. Payment is usually due 28 days before your booking commencement date.

In the event that you need to cancel the booking, we reserve the right to charge cancellation fees as follows: Full fees will be refunded for cancellations made more than 28 days before your booking start date. In the event of a cancellation made less than 28 days before your booking start date, 50% of the fee will be non-refundable.

If your cancellation is made 14 days or less before your booking start date, 100% of the fee will be non-refundable.

You’re welcome to postpone your booking rather than cancel. However, please note that any postponement of a workshop made within 28 days’ of the booking start date will incur cancellation fees as above.

There may be circumstances in which we need to cancel the INSET day. In such circumstances, we will provide you with a full refund of the amount of the fee that you have paid to us and we will make every effort to provide you with such refund within 30 days of the date of cancellation.

To notify us of any change to your booking, including cancellation, please email: and

What should I expect from a day of CPD with the RSC?

A day of CPD with the RSC looks at how rehearsal room approaches and theatre-based practice can impact teaching and learning about Shakespeare. The day will include active approaches which investigate text by speaking it aloud and exploring the physicality of the language just as our actors, directors and other theatre artists do in our rehearsal rooms. No preparation or prior knowledge is required to attend one of our courses.

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English Teacher in West Yorkshire, April 2023

Such a fantastic course, perfect for teachers/departments wanting to focus on engagement of students through Shakespeare. I looked at some scenes in ways that I never had before!

ENGLISH TEACHER in Nottinghamshire, July 2023

The RSC practitioner was wonderful and we greatly appreciated her energy and commitment to the course that she delivered. She was incredibly helpful, humorous and really made us all feel at ease delivering and practicing a skill we are unfamiliar with. Her resources were informative and exciting. Thank you so much!

Primary Teacher in West Midlands, March 2023

This has really empowered me to be able to teach Shakespeare with primary children, without it being boring or stifling!

English Teacher in Merseyside, February 2024

Excellent - best INSET ever!

What are ‘rehearsal room approaches’?

‘Rehearsal room approaches’ is our catch-all term for our teaching and learning practice. It is based on the collaborative and active techniques employed by creatives in RSC rehearsal rooms. These practices are supported by evidence that working in this way has a profound impact on young people’s experiences of Shakespeare, theatre and literature, including by improving learning outcomes. The key principles of our rehearsal room approaches which underpin all our work with children, young people and teachers are:

  • Play: embodied learning and collaborative play, using imagination to engage with Shakespeare's texts.
  • Interpretation: empowering young people to develop their own ideas and interpretations.
  • Inclusion: fostering inclusive practices, nurturing equitable access to learn without barriers.
  • Relevance: engaging in a conversation across time, exploring the plays' meanings today.
  • Creativity: making fresh discoveries about the text through critical, artistic exploration and learning.

Our pedagogy and practice is underpinned by a deep connection to the artistic practice of the Company. We make strong connections between the rehearsal rooms in which our actors and directors work and the classrooms in which young people learn about Shakespeare’s texts.

For more about our teaching and learning approaches, including sample activities, please visit: Rehearsal Room Approaches to Shakespeare

Who is this CPD for?

Our teacher professional development is for anyone who engages with Shakespeare’s texts in their classrooms, from EYFS to KS5 and beyond. This includes secondary English teachers, Drama teachers, Primary teachers, SEND teachers, literacy specialists, teaching assistants as well as freelance educators and tutors. We tailor our CPD courses to suit the requirements of the teachers in the room, including by exploring adaptations to our approaches which meet the needs of different learners and stages of development.

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Professional Outcomes of an RSC INSET Day 

An INSET day with the RSC gives teachers impactful, creative, evidence-informed, career-long professional development. Teachers attending an INSET day led by experienced RSC practitioners will achieve professional outcomes in key areas of development and learning: developing deep knowledge as well as critical and pedagogical understanding.

Our INSET days support teachers to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to achieve…

  • Deep knowledge of:
    • at least one Shakespeare play.
    • strategies and approaches transferable to any complex text.
    • the most effective pedagogical approaches to teaching Shakespeare.
    • how and why children and young people develop and learn through using RSC pedagogy.
  • Critical understanding of:
    • RSC rehearsal room approaches.
    • how to design, implement and evaluate a range of learning activities.
    • current research and evidence into RSC pedagogy, including our Time to Act project.
    • how to provide developmentally appropriate academic and pastoral support relating to learning about Shakespeare’s plays.
  • Pedagogical understanding to:
    • plan and deliver highly effective lessons and lesson sequences on Shakespeare’s plays.
    • maintain a productive and creative learning environment through working as a company of theatre artists.
    • ensure that all children learn and make progress equitably.
    • critically evaluate and reflect on teaching practice.

Where can I find more information?

For more information about Time to Act, including the full peer-reviewed report, please visit: Time to Act

For information about our research into the impact of our work on secondary age pupils, please visit: Time To Listen

For any specific questions please contact:

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