Keynote Educational


Creating the Wow Factor in at KS3/KS4 Drama

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This new course will explore how you can turn the significant challenges of teaching Drama at KS4 and also KS3 into an opportunity for positive change. This interactive and part practical course will support and challenge teachers in equal measures. You will leave with a wide range of ideas, methods and approaches, together with up-to-date insight on how best to thrive in these unprecedented times working with your students on all ways to maximise their potential. Particular emphasis will be made in this course on increasing attainment of Grades 4 – 5 students, but strategies and approaches with students of grade 7 – 9 ability will also be included in the course. This is a course with a difference, and focusses on the key essentials for students to access the higher grades in Drama, over and beyond working through the specification – What needs to be in place to secure a strong basis for continued year on year cohort success, and how to do this.


  • Understanding the importance of relationship and rapport in creating your drama culture
  • Take away how to establish routines and rituals in Drama
  • Find out ways to put the Wow Factor into your drama lessons
  • Take away a range of different and fresh approaches to building devising skills in students using BLM as an example
  • Build into your teaching top grade assessment criteria for successful outcomes
  • Gain greater understanding on creative and impactful KS3 teaching
  • Engaging and raising attainment of middle to lower achieving students
  • Understanding the importance of relationship and rapport in creating your Drama culture
  • Take away how to establish routines and rituals in Drama
  • Gain greater understanding of creative and impactful KS4 teaching
  • Practical exploration of new and exciting devising approaches

KS4/KS3 Drama Teaching – the Challenges and Opportunities

10.00 – 10.40am
  • Understanding the key challenges and considering how and what you can be doing to ensure these don’t stand in the way of effective drama teaching
  • Considering issues space, constraints of timetable issues and how to effectively work around these
  • Student motivation, attendance
  • Ways into writing: practical approaches to encourage stronger written performances


10.40 – 11.00am

Putting the Wow Factor into Your Drama Lessons to Create advance culture, relationships and rapport.

11.00 – 12.30pm
  • Key essentials: the importance of creating the right relationships, rapport and atmosphere for students to succeed, what this should feel like, and how best to create the ambience essential for student success.
  • Practical approaches to putting the ‘wow’ factor into Drama lessons
  • How we can help students get the dopamine download required to engage fully and take creative risks in their work
  • Practical – understanding the importance of trust in the Drama classroom with practical exploration of activities to engage students eg; creative lesson starters that build trust and rapport.


12.30 – 1.30pm

Practical Session: Building Devising Skills for students to work on their own

1.30 – 3.00pm
  • Practical ideas and takeaways that can be used in practical sessions straight away. Focus on ideas that motivate, engage, develop devising skills
  • Building Devising skills – introducing students to the course, arming them with skills and the confidence to work on their own.
  • Enabling students to spot what is working and what isn’t
  • Devising companies – what to see and when to see it. Ways to enhance your students’ experience, their performances and their portfolios.
  • Picking the stimulus – enabling students to spot potential, opportunities for research and avoiding dead ends.
  • Practical session using the example of Black Lives Matter – practically exploring how to encourage students to develop imaginative responses, to be creative, to take effective risks
  • Specific focus on Grades 4 – 5 students
  • Specific focus on ways in to motivate, excite students to work creatively, to think using imagination at the centre, and to raise their own attainment levels

Afternoon break

3.00 – 3.05pm

Creative Freedom: Managing the Practical Space Support Creative Freedom

3.05 – 3.45pm
  • Building performance skills in creative freedom; what parameters should be put in place to manage the practical space whilst still allowing students creative freedom?
  • Robust ritual and routines to support students to manage their own behaviour and the freedom of a practical space and subject.
  • Building this into your teaching at KS3 to enhance success at KS4.




London | Tuesday 29 November 2022

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This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Matthew Rowland-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 was until very recently 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.


  • Heads of Drama
  • Experienced Teachers of Drama


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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