What are the best ways to extend student performance? How do we improve their skills and their ability to be inventive? How can we get students to achieve the best performances without interference? How do we ensure that our students are independent and aspirational? This course will answer these questions and arm you with skills and approaches to get the best out of your A-level Drama students.


Delegates will:

  • Gain a greater understanding of how to use cognitive approaches to extend student knowledge.
  • Utilise examples from the world of work to develop their teamwork skills at a higher level.
  • Develop skills and knowledge to enable students to develop true autonomy and inventiveness.
  • Take away exemplar materials and methods to adapt to the needs of your own setting and course.
  • Develop new approaches to teaching Drama that enable the teacher to adapt to the needs of different students, groups and circumstances.
COURSE DATES London | Friday 14 February 2020
  • Heads of Department for Drama
  • Teachers of A level 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 – 11.00am
Inventiveness through Knowledge building

  • Using current research on cognitive science to build student knowledge in order to create more effective devisors, directors and performers.
  • Accessing, retaining and applying knowledge practically and on paper.
  • Using knowledge to assist in analysis and evaluation

11.00 – 11.15am
Coffee break and informal discussion

11.15 – 12pm
Using The World of Work

  • Using real world examples and modelling to improve work.
  • The group as company – using professional standards, structures and methodologies to increase aspiration and skills.
  • Using “ground rules” to improve discussions and enable excellent decision making

Fostering independence

  • Approaches for the chairperson teacher and other teaching approaches to leading or not leading work
  • The Differentiator – remote control teaching to help develop greater independence and higher standard work.

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 3.00pm
Boosting standards through Skills building

  • “Wax on – wax off”: The joys of repetition – enabling students to graft and polish
  • “Put your money where your mouth is”: Mock Devising and portfolios – joining the group as performer.
  • The Expert in the room: modelling directing, modelling acting, modelling teamwork.
  • Using practitioners – deepening our approaches to practitioners such as Stanislavski, Brecht and Artaud.
  • Developing Schemes of Learning that suit your own centre, using the methods and approaches explored today.

3.00 – 3.30pm
Coffee break, discussion and plenary

Chris Lambert

Chris Lambert 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 as a writer, has had various plays published and professionally performed and is currently working on a fourth volume of short stories.

A-level Drama