This course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve Grades A & A* in future AQA A Level Drama examinations. The course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for all components which will stretch and challenge able students and develop their higher level skills. Using feedback from the 2022 examination, the course will outline what is expected of high ability students and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this.
There will be a practical element to this course, so delegates should wear clothes they feel comfortable to move in and water if necessary.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Focused on identifying the demands of Grades A & A* and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
A detailed look at the different demands of questions across the written paper
Sample answers at Grades A & A* will be analysed
Take away an effective 2 year programme with A/A* grade focus at the centre
Find out more on what is takes to write successful at A Level
Develop practical strategies for meeting the requirements of the higher bands across all Components
Explore exemplar materials to identify characteristics of outstanding work
Grades A and A* in AQA A Level Drama: What is Required
10.00 – 11.00am
Review characteristics of A and A* A Level students
Analysis of the mark schemes – which sections/questions differentiate candidates?
Explore an effective 2 year programme with A/A* grade focus at the centre
Avoiding potential hazards: what can cost a top student their A grade?
11.00 – 11.15am
Teaching Component 1: Key Challenges for Grade A/A* Students
11.15 – 12.30pm
Examine A and A* exemplar responses to the focussed extract questions for Section A and B
Preparing students to respond as a performer, director and designer at the highest level
Section B – planning decisions, questions, grade A/A* responses – creativity is everything!
Component 1 Section C: Tactics for achieving the highest grades
12.30 – 1.00pm
The demands of Section C
How to guide the top end students when first discussing a live production
What notes should candidates be taking in order to capture an in-depth understanding of the production as a whole?
Breaking down the question, how to write a killer introduction
Focus on the 25 mark essays, what does a grade A/A* candidate need to do?
Shorter questions, what are the common pitfalls?
Practical activities top tips for teachers
1.00 – 2.00pm
Components 2 & 3 The Practical Components
2.00 – 3.00pm
The Devising Unit – Tactics for the very able
Strategies to help a very good performer become an outstanding performer
Why is verbatim an excellent approach to Devising?
Assessment criteria for performance of Grade A/A* calibre
The working notebook and Band 4 criteria for 16 – 20 marks
Component 3: Scripted! Making Theatre for A and A*
Outstanding texts and practitioners – examples
Exploring extracts: keeping the most able on track, so that they don’t miss marks
Developing high ability students’ ability to interpret key extracts – what do examiners expect?
3.05 – 3.10pm
Practical Strategies to Really Stretch Top End Students
3.10 – 4.00pm
Differentiating for students in a mixed ability A Level Drama class
Sustaining engagement over two years both within and outside the classroom
Practical work using a practitioner to reveal nuance and depth.
Using physicality and the methods of animal study, to create bold, but wholly naturalistic performances.
Practically applying Verbatim Theatre, allowing the least able students to shine and take ownership for their work.
Matthew Rowlands-Roberts was a professional actor for the Peter Hall Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, and Blackeyed Theatre Company prior to becoming a qualified drama teacher in both mainstream and independent schools.
He is an experienced Head of Drama and was until very recently a Head of Drama at a leading independent school in central London. In the 2021 cohort Matthew attained 100% Level 9’s with his GCSE students and 100% A*-A grade with his A level students.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Teachers of AQA A-level Drama and Theatre
Heads of Drama Departments
Directors of Faculties of Performing Arts
Senior leaders with responsibility for the Arts
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course