The RD1st Coaching Course (accredited)

Please note, due to the current covid-19 situation, all advertised courses may become an online offer depending on the situation and governmental advice. We cannot guarantee the courses will be in person, so please be prepared for either way or choose to wait until we know for certain! Thank you for your understanding. Keep safe.

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; 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 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 and 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: Online or at 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 to ILM level 7. No prior experience required.

Costs: fees vary according to your resources 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. RD36 Spring 2021) when emailing – thank you. We can only reserve places on confirmation of a deposit and on receipt of a completed booking form (via email is preferred).

Partners: BIG 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. Due to the positive feedback received from our online course version, we may programme an additional online course for 2021. Please join our mailing list (via Contact Us tab) to be the first to hear as this is where it will be announced.

Dates for 2020

RD34: Summer 2020  (full – running online)

Module one: 6-8 May

Module two: 3-5 June

Module three: 13 & 14 July

RD35: Autumn 2020  (full – course will run online)

Module one: 7-9 Oct

Module two: 4-6 Nov

Module three: 3 & 4 Dec

Dates for 2021

RD36: Spring 2021    (full – waiting list open – planned to run in-person)

Module one: 27 – 29 Jan

Module two: 24 – 26 Feb

Module three: 25 & 26 March

RD37: Summer 2021  (bookings open – this course will run online)

Module one: 5 – 7 May

Module two: 9 – 11 June

Module three: 8 & 9 July

RD38: Autumn 2021  (bookings open – planned to run in person)

Module one: 6 – 8 Oct

Module two: 3 – 5 Nov

Module three: 2 & 3 Dec

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

External Assessors: Sarah Hymas and Diane Sammons

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