The RD1st Coaching Course (accredited)

Course overview – A skill set, a philosophy, an experience.

Covering an eclectic mix of skills, group exchange and investigation relating to coaching and leadership. An opportunity to understand your own leadership preferences and develop a coaching style. For those wishing to train as a professional, one to one RD1st Coach and/or enhance leadership, mentoring and facilitation skills and utilise coaching skills in the workplace or day to day interactions. A wide range of core coaching skills and coaching frameworks are introduced and practised. Other core topics which are presented, debated and explored include:

Enhanced self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Negotiation and trust

Motivation, needs and behaviour

Giving and receiving feedback

Difficult conversations and negotiation

       Advanced Communication

The course is designed such that everyone’s learning will, in part, be specific to them, but by the end of the two core modules all participants will have experienced delivering coaching sessions and being coached using a variety of techniques and skills (including RD1st Action Learning) and explored how coaching approaches and skills can be used outside formal 1-2-1 sessions, including as part of their personal leadership style and in the workplace.

The course is accredited through Culture at Work (equivalent to ILM level 7). As part of accreditation, trainees complete two short written submissions, achieve coaching practice between modules and undertake a live coaching assessment on the final day of Module Three. The course is accompanied by a comprehensive manual.

Previous participants have included a wide range of people working as freelancers or in employed roles in the creative, cultural, heritage, charity, therapeutic and education sectors including artists, arts managers, consultants, clinical psychologists, theatre directors, choreographers, facilitators, fundraisers including Fellows of the Clore Cultural and Clore Social Leadership programmes.

Some testimonials from previous participants give a further flavour of the course and what to expect.


Format: An eight-day, accredited course in three modules (3+3+2). Each module is approximately one month apart.  It is also possible to take the course without accreditation – 6 days (3+3).

Location: The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster, UK.   The Dukes is wheelchair accessible. Each day runs 10:00-17:00 except the last day of each module which ends at 16:30

Level: accredited (optional), equivalent ILM level 7. No prior experience required.

Costs: fees vary according to participant-type and whether accreditation is required. Further information and details regarding fees, can be found in the booking form – request a form. Please state which course you are interested in (e.g. RD27 Spring 2018) when emailing – thank you. We can only reserve places on courses on confirmation of a deposit.

Partners: with thanks to the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster for supporting this course.


Please note, each course tends to fully book 4-6 months in advance. However, it is worth going on the waiting list, as last minute deferrals do sometimes occur.

RD29: Autumn 2018 – (waiting list only)

Module one: 10-12 Oct

Module two: 7-9 Nov

Module three: 6 & 7 Dec

Dates for 2019

RD30: Spring 2019 – (waiting list only)

Module one: 6-8 Feb

Module two: 4-6 March

Module three: 4&5 April

RD31: Summer 2019 

Module one: 1-3 May

Module two: 5-7 June

Module three: 4 & 5 July

RD32: Autumn 2019 

Module one: 9-11 Oct

Module two: 6-8 Nov

Module three: 5 & 6 Dec

Course Trainers: Claire Antrobus, Deb Barnard, Emma Haughton and Isabel Mortimer. Each course is run by two trainers.

Testimonials from previous participants give a further flavour of the course and what to expect.