Friday 26 March 2021 – 4pm

Code: 8320


This 120-minute webinar will deal directly with the impact of the changes to GCSE Drama courses which have been recently outlined by Ofqual as a result of their response to the Covid 19 pandemic.

The webinar will initially outline the specific changes to the written paper in a clear and concise way before outlining a number of strategies to deal with these changes.  Time will be spent looking at effective ways to develop effective written responses which meet the demands of the exam questions.


  • Focus on developing understanding quickly the changes that may be implemented from September, in relation to the written exam elements
  • Gain access to a range of different approaches to developing effective written responses to both text and evaluation of live and digital theatre
  • Consider a range of different types of text and exemplar responses


4.00 – 4.05  pm Welcome and Introduction

4.05 – 4.15pm:  Outline of the Ofqual changes  

  • Explore the suggested changes to the written paper including plans to manage the content
  • Examine the implications of the changes for the preparation of students for the written exam
  • Analyse the changes to the assessment scheme
  • – 5pm: Looking closely at the requirements of the text-based element
  • Consider teaching strategies that can be used to support pupils in responding to dramatic text as both a performer and designer
  • Explore exemplar material and the characteristics of effective responses
  • Explore a toolkit approach to the teaching of all aspects of dramatic text using remote learning
  • Consider effective strategies for providing feedback to students on their written work which will maximise engagement and promote progress

5pm – 5.30pm: Looking closely at the evaluation of live theatre

  • Explore a toolkit approach to supporting pupils to respond effectively to live and digital theatre
  • Examine exemplar responses to digital theatre

5.30 – 6pm: Plenary                                          

  • Exploration of examples of skills ladders and various assessment methods
  • Examine the impact of the changes for the KS3 curriculum
  • Looking at free website platforms that can be utilised in school/college.
  • Round up and Q&A

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.

Pearson A level Drama