This conference is designed to support and inspire students to achieving outstanding grades at A Level. Through a variety of practical tasks, quizzes, reflection and opportunities to explore brief written tasks, students will develop and consolidate the knowledge and skills required to meet the demands of the A Level specifications offered by OCR, EdExcel, AQA and Eduqas.


  • A fully interactive day: watch and participate in practical rehearsals and performance
  • Gain insight and confidence in how to approach the written exam to meet the demands of the mark scheme
  • Find out more about high quality exam responses
  • Understand how to improve your answers about set texts and live productions
  • Take away a comprehensive set of notes which can be used as part of your revision
  • Learn devising techniques that can immediately be applied to your own practical work in school or college
DATE & LOCATION London | Friday 7 February 2022
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference

*Venue subject to change dependent on student numbers 

10.15 – 10.30am: What the examiners want to see

  • The examiner’s perspective: what examiners are looking for in each component – an overview
  • What is actually meant by social, historical and cultural context and how to use it – a whistle-stop tour!
  • Avoiding typical errors and learning from student successes for 2022

10.30 – 10.45am: Exploring Live Production Analysis

10.45 – 11.15am: Acing the Written Exam

  • What to look for in a performance and how to focus on the demands of the question
  • How to make your drama-specific vocabulary impress your examiner
  • How to analyse and evaluate to A level standard
  • Increase your confidence in structuring a response to a question
  • The evaluation challenge: how to make judgments about your own work and that of others
  • Section A: one question (from a choice) on one of the set plays from List A
  • Section B: one three part question on a given extract from one of the set plays from List B
  • Section C: one question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production

11.15 – 11.30am: BREAK

 11.30 – 12.30pm: Practical Workshop with the grades in mind

  • Developing devising skills in response to a stimulus – producing interesting work which gets the best grades
  • Recording information during the devising process: the key to evaluative and analytical written reports which gain the highest marks

12.00 – 13.00pm: Answering questions on set texts

  •  How to develop a confident and creative overview of your set text
  • Top tips for approaching an extract in rehearsal
  • From rehearsal to exam room: writing about your ideas to impress your examiner
  • Analysing example answers: what the examiners are looking for and how to ensure that you achieve it

13.00 – 13.40pm: Lunch   

13.40 – 14.00pm: A Level – Ask the Expert

14.00 – 14.45pm: A level Theatrical / Design Skills – developing confidence for every student

  •  Creating effects for the audience: how contemporary designers are engaging and challenging today’s audiences – examples from key theatre designers of the past 30 years
  • How to use social, historical and cultural context to inspire your designs
  • On your marks, get set, MAKE! creating a design concept in 15 minutes!
  • What the best work looks like

14.55 – 15.30pm: A level Drama Performance skills

This final practical session allows students to experience exercises used by professional actors and directors in the rehearsal room to develop the practical skills required to achieve highly in A Level performance

  •  The Director’s perspective – using examples from contemporary practitioners to approach a scene and get the best from performers
  • Understanding the examination criteria to improve marks in performed devising and scripted work

 15.30pm: Finish

Emma Hollis

Emma is a well-respected arts education expert with over two decades of experience in teaching, school leadership, inspection, and advisory work. Emma is a senior examiner and has been an assessor for both the Arts Mark and Arts Award qualifications. She is also an Ofqual Subject Expert and was recently commissioned to scrutinise and credit the full range of reformed A Level specifications. Emma has worked with school-based colleagues on a range of arts, media and design projects as an auditor, consultant and evaluator. Emma is a highly experienced trainer designing and leading programmes on a range of themes and across specifications. She has led training for teachers and leaders in a range of settings all over the world. She is an experienced researcher and has authored several market-leading textbooks for Drama teachers, and published book reviews and articles in peer reviewed journals. Her research specialisms include practitioner identity and the impact of social class on the social and educational experiences of teenagers. She is the chair of governors in an outstanding secondary academy and Charitable Trustee of the Leicester YMCA.

Sasha Silver

Sasha currently teaches Key Stage 3, GCSE and A level Drama at St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls, a school that is recognised as being in the top 5% of mainstream schools nationally. She also has experience as Most Able Coordinator at Key Stage 3 & 4, developing whole school strategies to stretch and challenge Most Able students across all subjects. Alongside her teaching she is an examiner for AQA A level Drama & Theatre Component 3 and has also been an examiner for AQA GCSE Drama. Additionally, Sasha has experience as a professional theatre director and choreographer.

Students £25+VAT

One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT