How Shakespeare can raise achievement and aspirations in schools

Headteachers will gather in Stratford-upon-Avon next month for a conference exploring how Shakespeare can improve language skills, confidence and SATS and GCSE English scores.

Speakers for Raising Achievement and Aspirations through Shakespeare’ include Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), and Patsy Rodenburg, one of the world’s leading voice teachers and coaches and a renowned authority on Shakespeare’s language.

Delegates will also hear from Headteachers across the country about the impact of the work in their own communities and discover how to use our rehearsal based techniques to teach Shakespeare to students of all ages and abilities in their own classrooms.

Our approach has been commended in partner school Ofsted reports and is the focus of research by the University of Nottingham and the University of Warwick showing the positive outcomes of the work on raising aspirations and attainment across the curriculum.

Director of RSC Education Jacqui O’Hanlon said: “Primary and secondary schools report a direct correlation between the work that they do with us and improvements in SATS and GCSE English scores. We want to share this evidence with more schools so that they can also experience this impact.”

The symposium is delivered in partnership with IVE, a social enterprise that is working to ensure a more creative future for businesses, teachers and young people.

‘Raising Achievement and Aspirations through Shakespeare’ is for Headteachers and curriculum leaders and takes place in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on 22 June 2018.

Tickets are £100 for RSC Education Members, £110 for non-Members. To book email education.boxoffice@rsc.org.uk or call the Education Ticket Hotline on 01789 403434 (8.30am - 5pm Monday to Friday term time).