This course is focused on meeting the demands of the higher level marking bands across all three of the specification components. It examines the characteristics of work produced by students working at the highest levels and provides a range of teaching approaches and materials designed to ensure students achieve 7-9 in AQA GCSE Drama.


  • Understand the assessment demands of the AQA GCSE Drama specification
  • Develop practical strategies for meeting the requirements of the higher bands across all components
  • Explore exemplar materials to identify characteristics of outstanding work
  • Increase confidence in preparing candidates to achieve Grades 7-9
  • Consider Examiner’s Reports from previous exam sessions
COURSE DATES London | Wednesday 8 December 2021

London | Wednesday 2 February 2022

London | Monday 4 July 2022

  • Teachers of AQA GCSE Drama
  • NQT Teachers of Drama
  • Heads of Drama Departments
  • Key Stage 4 Coordinators of Drama
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • 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


10.00 – 11.00am: Focused deep dive on the demands of the GCSE specification


  • Introductions: Who you are and who are your learners.
  • Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of our own teaching practice
  • Examine the assessment demands of all components including the use of assessment objectives as a framework for assessment
  • Consider the most effective models for delivery of the course to ensure effective assessment practice across 2 years and in all 3 components
  • Review characteristics of Grade 7-9 GCSE students in the AQA GCSE
  • Exploring the Examiner’s Reports from previous exam sessions -what students need to do to ensure that they achieve the highest grades

11.00 – 11.15am: Morning Break



11.15 – 12.15pm: Trusted strategies to achieving grades 7-9 in Component 1

  • Strategies for embedding the knowledge needed for Section A
  • Exploring practical activities for teaching the set text
  • Examining strong exemplar responses for Sections B – set text
  • Using practical activities for teaching Section C – Live Theatre Evaluation
  • What examiners are looking for in an effective live theatre evaluation
  • Revision strategies to move students from Grade 6-7 to Grade 8-9

12.15 – 13.15pm: Component 2 – Devising dramatic pieces for a top grade

  • Review example NEA at Grades 7-9: what top level students do
  • Characteristics of the most successful candidates in the devised component
  • Building Devising skills – introducing students to the course, arming them with skills and the confidence to work on their own
  • Enabling students to develop and refine their own work
  • Examining effective ways to develop the working notebook
  • Understanding the structure and requirements of an effective devising process for students aiming for the highest grades



13.15 – 14.15pm: Lunch



14.15 – 15.00pm: Working with Scripts – how to create an outstanding performance

  • What is excellent – unpicking the descriptors for a top band performance
  • Teaching techniques that challenge and push the Most Able
  • What does a top band Component 3 performance look like?
  • It’s the little things that count – focusing on the detail
  • Tried and tested texts

15.00 – 15.15pm: afternoon break


15.15 – 15.30pm: Plenary


  • What strategies can you take away from today to use in the classroom?
  • Final exam tips
  • Questions/recap

15.30pm: Depart


Sasha Silver

Sasha is an experienced teacher and examiner of Drama at GCSE and A Level, teaching Drama also at KS3. She is currently teaching in one of the top 5% mainstream schools nationally. She is also a Most Able Coordinator at Key Stage 3 & 4. She examines for a major awarding body, and is also as a professional theatre director and choreographer.