Pearson Edexcel A Level: Reviewing the 2023 Exams and Looking Forward to 2024

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This new course for all teachers of AQA A Level Drama will explore how you can turn the lessons to be learnt from the 2023 series into an opportunity for positive change moving forward. The course addresses teachers concerns, such as ‘am I doing this right’ as well as provide teachers with a range of ideas, methods and approaches to prepare students to maximise their potential in 2024.


  • Understand the main lessons to be learned from 2023
  • Gain refreshed teaching ideas and approaches to effectively teach areas of concern
  • Explore exemplar materials to identify characteristics of outstanding work
  • Take away key methods for preparing students for exam success in 2024
  • Closely analyse in detail the potential 2024 key areas, focus points,
  • Develop strategies to improve confidence in delivering the written paper


Preparing for the 2023 Exams

10.00 – 10.40am
  • Reflections and reviews of the 2023 examination series
  • Key messages to be learned from the exams
  • Matching messages to actual examination questions and student responses
  • Discussing the reasons that can be attributed to problematic areas

Moving Forward into 2024

10.40 – 11.20am
  • Reflecting and building on what may have been delivered more effectively
  • Clarify what examiners are looking for and how this might be addressed with students
  • Review what brings the most reward in exams and how to focus students to maximise outcomes
  • A/A* students – identifying the subtle differences between A and A* grade descriptor
  • Recognising the common pitfalls that causes students to miss out on A/A* grades


Morning Break

11.20 – 11.40am

Strategies to Prepare Students for Components 1 & 2

11.40 – 12.45pm
  • Consider lessons learned from Examiners’ Report
  • Deep-diving exemplar practical work and portfolios to develop strategies to enable students to succeed
  • Consider the characteristics of the most effective work against the assessment objectives and marking criteria
  • Assessment – how to help students demonstrate what they need to demonstrate to examiners between text extract and practitioner
  • Explore ways to deliver Component 2, including text and extract selection



12.45 – 1.45pm

Tackling Component 3:

1.45 – 3.00pm
  • Examine exemplar responses and mark schemes to identify how to teach and help students get around the common areas of error and how to achieve marks within the ‘sophisticated’ band
  • Present student-friendly methods to structure each response to meet the ‘sophisticated’ criteria within timed exam conditions
  • Explore methods of approaching Section C to ensure students can meet the requirements of the question within a succinct response


Afternoon break

3.00 – 3.10pm

Maximising success in 2024

3.10 – 3.45pm
  • Summary of what we have learnt
  • Producing a plan of action to maximise student success in 2024
  • Specific lessons to be learnt and how to prevent them from happening again
  • Ensuring whole department success- managing staff and developing a progressive teaching culture that organically learns and improves





London | Friday 01 December 2023

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London | Friday 01 December 2023

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.


Matt King-Sayce is a successful and experienced Head of Department, speaker, coach, examiner and educational leadership consultant with almost two decades of experience in arts and cultural education. He has led teams to achieve consistently outstanding results and high value added scores, which are above the national average. Matt has worked extensively with teachers worldwide and organisations including Arts Council England as an advisor for Artsmark, the delivery and implementation of Arts Award and the teaching, monitoring and assessment of Drama at all levels. Matt also leads his Local Cultural Education Partnership in North West England.


  • Teachers of Drama & Theatre
  • Heads of Drama
  • Directors of Performing Arts Faculties
  • Senior leaders with a responsibility for the Arts


  • 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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