In this course, Chris will demonstrate how to identify, explore and tackle the parts of the practical course that are most challenging. You will discover ways to achieve the best outcomes in the written paper and design even more effective drama schemes of work to suit the OCR criteria. Delegates will be given exemplar materials that you will be able to adapt for your setting to achieve this. Above all this course will fill you with renewed enthusiasm and joy for this subject.


Delegates will:

  • Gain key knowledge and ideas for getting students the best grades
  • Develop their skills and knowledge to be able to deliver excellent teaching for the written paper
  • Take away approaches for increasing their students’ independent skills in preparation for the Devising unit.
  • Take away exemplar lessons, schemes of work and methods to adapt to the needs of your own setting.
  • Explore the course in depth and in an order that should guarantee the best outcome
  • Heads of Drama
  • Teachers of OCR Drama
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.45am
Feedback on the examinations

  • Summary of Component 1 Devising: students’ strengths and weaknesses and next steps.
  • Summary of Component 2 Presenting and Performing Texts: experiences, examiner’s reports, areas of student performance to focus on in our teaching
  • Summary of Component 3 Performance and Response

10.45 – 11.15am
Component 1: Devising
Introduction and Tackling Devising – The Practical and the Portfolio –  Part 1

Independent learning –

  • Building Devising skills – introducing students to the course, arming them with skills and the confidence to work on their own.
  • Enabling students to spot what is working and what needs to be binned.
  • Mock Devising – exploring an exemplar mock devising scheme – scheduling – the mock portfolio. Marking and Feedback. Modelling feedback for the real thing.
  • “Can you devise? Show us, sir!” The advantages (and challenges) of modelling a devised piece.
  • Devising companies – what to see and when to see it. Ways to enhance your students’ experience, their performances and their portfolios.

11.15 – 11.30pm
Coffee break and informal discussion

11.30 – 12.00pm
Component 1 : Devising 
Tackling Devising – The Practical and the Portfolio – Part 2

  • Picking the stimulus – enabling students to spot potential, opportunities for research and avoiding dead ends.
  • Creating and Developing – Exploring methods of research – evaluating and analysing. Recording the process. Use of questioning. Self and peer assessment and guidance.
  • Portfolio examples and marking.
  • Performance – The OCR guidelines, using the marking criteria, self and peer assessment leading to final analysis. Examples from performances.

12.00 – 12.45pm
Component 2: Presenting and Performing Texts

  • Picking the text? What is best for your cohort? What links most to the KS3 experience?
  • The concept proforma – how to prepare it effectively and using it to improve performance.
  • Building performance skills – using practitioners, workshop ideas and building on the professional attitude learnt in devising!
  • Mock marking. How best to prepare your students for the examination.
  • Prepping at Key Stage Three

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch  and informal discussion

1.45 – 3.45pm
Component 3: Performance and Response | 
The Written examination

  • Exploring the examination – timings, how to prepare, what are OCR looking for?
  • The Set text – Find Me as an example – embedding the examination throughout the exploration of the text. Practical Exploration.
  • Creating questions –a dynamic exploration.
  • Live Production
  • Reviewing skills – the most effective ways of nailing this question through: choice of text, reviewing, re-reading, re-viewing and revising.
  • Prepping Key Stage Three – methods, assessments, mock portfolios to prepare KS3 student for GCSE performance skills.

There will be a break in the middle of this session


Chris Lambert

Chris is an AST in Drama. He has been teaching for 20 years and in that time has been a head of two very successful Drama departments, has trained Primary and Secondary teachers across the region, has delivered workshops for Keynote on Key Stage Three and Four Drama. Most recently he trained Drama teachers in Budapest to develop their devising skills. Chris also works has a writer, he has had various plays published and professionally performed and is currently working on a fourth volume of short stories.

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