The course is focused on meeting the demands of the higher level marking bands across all three of the specification components. It will focus on exploring exemplar material from students working at the highest levels and explore a range of teaching materials designed to secure the best possible outcomes.


  • Understand the assessment demands of the new Edexcel A Level Drama and Theatre Studies specification
  • Develop practical strategies for meeting the requirements of the higher bands across all Components
  • Explore exemplar materials to identify characteristics of outstanding
  • Increase confidence in preparing candidates to achieve the highest outcomes
COURSE DATE London Thursday 22 November 2018
WHO FOR?  Experienced Teachers of Drama and Theatre Studies in Secondary and Post Compulsory sectors
Heads of Drama Department
Directors of Faculties of Performing Arts
Senior leaders with responsibility for the Arts
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 11.00am: The Assessment Demands of the Top Grades

  • Explore the assessment demands of all components
  • Consider the most effective models for delivery of the course to ensure effective assessment practise
  • Review broad characteristics of a successful A Level student in the context of this specification

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 1.00pm: Achieving successful outcomes in Non Examined Assessment: Components 1 and 2

  • Explore exemplar scheme of work and build a tool kit for teaching success
  • Examine exemplar portfolios and develop understanding of the characteristics of the most successful candidates
  • Consider the characteristics of effective student performance

1.00 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 3.15pm: The demands of the Component 3 written paper

  • Explore practical strategies for developing a secure understanding of the page to stage process
  • Examine exemplar responses to performance focussed extract questions for Section B
  • Develop an understanding of effective production concepts for Section C
  • Develop a toolkit for success in supporting students to effectively evaluate live theatre performance for Section A

3.15 – 3.20pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.20 – 3.45pm: Plenary

  • Develop an action plan for success
  • Review delivery models to focus on the demands of assessment
  • Consider the range of learning resources available to support teachers of the Edexcel specification

Emma Hollis-Brown

Emma has wide ranging experience of teaching and learning, working in a range of secondary schools and post 16 institutions specialising in delivering curriculum solutions in English and the Performing Arts and leading high performing faculties to success. Since 2004, Emma has developed a career in initial teacher training, leadership and challenge, and inspection and advisory work supporting curriculum modeling and collaborative quality assurance. In Arts Education settings Emma worked as a Creative Agent, Researcher and Evaluator. Emma is a highly experienced trainer designing and delivering programmes on a range of areas of school improvement. Emma is also a senior examiner for the market leading A Level Theatre Studies specification, a trained assessor both for Arts Mark and Arts Award schemes and an Ofqual Subject Expert. In 2011 Emma established her own training and consultancy company delivering a range of contracts across public and private sectors. Emma is a badged Ofsted Inspector working on both schools and initial teacher training remits as well as a secondary school Governor and Charitable Trustee.