This course is designed for all teachers of Pearson Edexcel GCSE Drama who wish to support students to make excellent progress in their learning on the course, resulting in excellent outcomes for all. The course explores practical strategies to engage students within the classroom whilst simultaneously looking into the theory that underpins curriculum design and practice. The course considers the demands of the different components of the specification and how best to approach them in the classroom using a range of evidence-informed strategies that work.


  • Take away strategies to support the development of students’ practical skills
  • Develop an awareness of effective planning and structuring of the course
  • Learn how to manage design and performance candidates simultaneously
  • Develop strategies to support students in their preparation for the written examination
  • Learn how to develop students’ ability to articulate their understanding of text and process in written form
COURSE DATE London | Friday 16 October 2020
  • Heads of Performing Arts/Drama departments
  • Teachers of Pearson Edexcel GCSE 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
From KS3 to KS4 – Laying the Foundations

  • Designing a KS3 curriculum to support and prepare students for KS4
  • The ‘model’ Drama student – what are we looking to develop?
  • The assessment trajectory – one flight path or two?

10:45 – 11.15am
Mapping out the course

  • The three components, weighting and timings – mapping out how long to focus on each
  • Interleaving and Desirable Difficulties – how long term knowledge retention can be developed
  • The role of homework to support and embed learning

11.15 – 11.30am
Coffee break and informal discussion

11.30 – 12.30pm
Component 1 – Devising

  • Choosing a stimulus – what works well
  • Performance or process? Where should we place our emphasis?
  • The portfolio – how to structure and support students to create top band portfolios

12:30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion 

1:30 – 2:30pm
Component 2 – Performance from Text

  • Choosing the text – which texts give students access to the higher bands?
  • Structuring the rehearsal period – strategies to develop independence in students
  • The examination – how best to prepare students for the exam

2:30pm –  2:45pm
Afternoon tea and informal discussion

2:45 – 3:30pm
Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice

  • How to develop students’ writing skills in preparation for the written examination
  • The secret to success for the performance text extract
  • How to prepare students for Section B of the examination

3:30 – 3:45pm
Sharing Best Practice and Q&A

  • Opportunities to share successes in different contexts and to ask/seek guidance on aspects of the GCSE specification not already covered

3:45 – 4:00pm

Matt Yeoman

Matt Yeoman is an experienced teacher of GCSE and A-Level Drama. from across the country to develop their practice and improve outcomes for students. Having achieved outstanding results at both GCSE and A Level, Matt has worked as the CPD advisor for the National Music and Drama Expo for the past 3 years.