Pearson Edexcel GCSE Drama: Achieving Grades 8 – 9

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This new course is designed for all GCSE Pearson Drama teachers who are looking to maximise the potential of all their students in meeting the demands of the higher level marking bands across all three of the components, to attain highest possible grades. Emphasis will also be on exploring the characteristics of work produced by students working at the highest levels and explore a range of teaching materials designed to secure the best possible outcomes.


  • Understand the specific assessment demands of the Edexcel GCSE Drama and Theatre Studies specification for higher level students
  • Develop practical strategies for meeting the requirements of the higher bands across all components
  • Explore exemplar materials to identify characteristics of outstanding work across all components
  • Increase confidence in preparing candidates to achieve the highest outcomes


Focus on assessment demands for Grades 7 to 9

10.00 – 11.oam
  • l Review characteristics of Grades 7 – 9 students
  • Grades 7, 8, and 9; what are the differences between these?
  • Going from a 5 grade to an 9 grade
  • A 2 year course overview with the focus on top grades
  • Lessons learnt from the most recent examination series for able students, including on the written paper
  • Review the assessment demands of all components, including the use of assessment objectives as a framework for assessment

Morning Break

11.00 – 11.15am

Achieving top grades in Component 1 & 2

11.15 – 1.00pm
  • Explore an exemplar scheme of work and build a toolkit for teaching success that enables the most able to get the highest grades
  • Examine exemplar portfolios and develop understanding of the characteristics of the most successful candidates in the devised component
  • Consider the characteristics of highly effective student performance
  • Understand the structure of an effective devising process for students aiming for grades 7 to 9
  • Explore the Principal Moderator’s report to identify features of the most effective submissions


1.00 – 2.00pm

Achieving Grades 7 to 9 on the Component 3 written paper

2.00– 3.30pm
  • Explore practical strategies for developing a strong understanding of the page to stage process
  • Examine excellent exemplar responses to the focussed extract questions for Section A – prepare students to respond as a performer and designer
  • Develop a toolkit for success in supporting students to evaluate live theatre performance for Section B to the highest standards
  • New teaching strategies for moving students from a Grade 7 to a strong level 8 or 9 response
  • Explore strategies for developing understanding of the social, cultural and historical context of texts to enable students to attain the highest marks

Plenary and Depart



London | Tuesday 05 December 2023
London | Tuesday 27 February 2024

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London | Tuesday 05 December 2023
London | Tuesday 27 February 2024

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.


  • All teachers of Pearson GCSE Drama
  • Heads of Drama Department
  • Directors of Faculties of Performing Arts
  • Senior leaders with 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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