Teaching Pearson A-Level Drama & Theatre Effectively: A complete guide for teachers
ABOUT THIS COURSE
This is course is designed for new teachers and teachers in their first years of teaching Pearson Edexcel A Level Drama & Theatre and focuses on how to facilitate excellent outcomes for all students across the three components of the course.
The course focuses on pedagogy and practice and provides specific guidance and support for both the written and practical components. There is an emphasis on how to structure the course and offers a raft of tips and strategies for supporting students in their bid to access the top band marks.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Take away strategies to support the development of students’ written and practical skills
Develop an awareness of effective planning and structuring of the course
Learn how to manage design and performance candidates simultaneously
Develop strategies to promote effective learning and the collaborative practices which underpin components 1 and 2
Learn how to develop students’ ability to articulate their understanding of text and process in written form
Overview of the Pearson Edexcel A Level Drama & Theatre course including challenges and what to expect from pupils
10.00 – 10.40am
Ensuring teachers and students hit the ground running in September
Key challenges and opportunities – areas to focus your teaching around
Mapping out and structuring the course to engage all students
Understanding the assessment objectives to improve your teaching and planning
An overview of all the components – what you need to know when starting
Recognising which areas will be most challenging for you and how to address these issues
Developing an understanding of what an A/A* student’s performance looks like, and how to get there
10.40 – 11.00am
How to teach Component 1 effectively:
11.00 – 12.00pm
Choosing and teaching the text and practitioner – what works well
Performance or process? Where should we place our emphasis?
The portfolio: how to support students to create top band portfolios through clear and effective planning
Giving feedback – how to assess and mark the portfolio and provide the support and guidance needed to facilitate improvements
Component 2 – Performance from Text
12.00 – 1.00pm
Planning for successful teaching for Component 2
Choosing the text – which texts give students access to the higher bands?
How assessment is carried out for this component
How to support students to become independent performers and designers in the classroom
Overcoming confidence issues and supporting students of all aptitudes to achieve their best
1.00 – 2.00pm
How to Teach Component 3 Effectively
2.00 – 3.00pm
Meeting the challenges of Component 3
Teaching approaches and methods for teaching this component
How to develop students’ writing skills and structure responses
Practical strategies to explore the set text through practical means to generate understanding
How to structure teaching to ensure that all students have an understanding of the demands of the exam
Understanding the expectations of the exam board in terms of top mark responses
What does an A/A* response look like?
3.00 – 3.05pm
Achieving Unbelievable Results
3.05 – 3.40pm
What does it take to go from a C/D to an A/A*?
How can you plan to overcome barriers?
How can you build in the written exam to secure the highest marks
How to gain full marks in the longer essay questions
Matt King-Sayce is a successful and experienced Director of Drama, speaker, coach, examiner and educational leadership consultant with 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.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Heads of Performing Arts/Drama departments
Teachers of Pearson Edexcel A Level Drama & Theatre
Teachers new and in their first years of teaching Pearson A Level Drama & Theatre
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course