Teachers' symposium shows how students benefit from Shakespeare

Delegates heard from our Associate Schools about how their work with us has improved student confidence and boosted results.

On 22 June we welcomed over 200 Headteachers and Curriculum Leaders to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to hear how engagement with Shakespeare has built student confidence, accelerated language development, improved behaviour and boosted results in schools across the country.

Raising Achievement and Aspirations through Shakespeare: A Symposium for Headteachers and their Curriculum Leaders opened with students from Nelson Mandela School in Birmingham performing a piece inspired by Macbeth. World-renowned voice coach and RSC Board Member Patsy Rodenburg then gave a speech about the power of the spoken word. 

Our Director of Education Jacqui O'Hanlon speaking at the symposium

Throughout the day, delegates heard presentations from our Lead Associate Schools about the impact of their work with us and took part in workshops across the campus. The day culminated with a presentation from Nottingham University's School of Education, a keynote speech from Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of Schools and College Leaders, and a panel discussion chaired by Sir Anthony Seldon. 

What the teachers said


Telling the story of #Lingscreativehub and the amazing work with @RSC_Education and the Assiciate schools programme. Changing lives across schools in Northampton.


We've heard today of how engagement with Shakespeare in a range of schools has built confidence, encouraged articulacy & humanity, improved behaviour, contributed to stronger results. What's not to love? @TheRSC Symposium #raisingachievement @RSC_Education#raisingachievement


What an inspiring day @RSC_Education #raisingachievement symposium, connecting w/ amazing teachers & other orgs, and participating in workshops, forums & hearing fab keynotes.


Feeling excited and inspired after a day with @RSC_Education

Cannot wait to get back in the classroom and start implementing ideas.