Please note, this course will be held online on the designated date if it’s not possible to run in venues.


This course provides innovative and inspirational ways to teach to ensure high levels of creativity from students throughout all aspects of GCSE Drama. The course will include both practicals and how to teach the written elements in an exciting manner which helps students see cross-activity links to boost exam responses, whilst maintaining enthusiasm and motivation for students at all ability levels.

The course is highly practical with a number of opportunities to explore new material in workshops that will be fun and inspiring.


  • Gain an increased lexicon of practical ideas for engaging GCSE teaching
  • Learn dynamic ways for script explorations
  • Develop interesting activities and lessons that increase students’ written examination confidence
  • Take away schemes of work and lesson plans that enhance and support the new GCSE Drama specifications
  • Increase understanding of how to teach creatively whilst ensuring excellent specification coverage
COURSE DATE London | Friday 19 June 2020
  • All GCSE Drama teachers
  • Non-specialists looking for creative teaching ideas
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 – 11.10am
Developing Creative Critical Thinkers

  • Understanding how to prepare for the broad spectrum of student ability in Drama
  • Recognising and inspiring the gifted and talented in the group
  • Building curiosity – ideas and strategies that extend learners
  • The four GCSE assessment objectives and how they are tested

11.10 – 11.25am
Discussion: coffee break

11.25 – 12.30pm
Exciting Approaches to Devising

  • Ensuring students understand the assessment criteria and deliver to them
  • Supporting the devising process: top tips to build and sustain engagement and achievement
  • Promoting independence and a sense of responsibility
  • Develop a range of ways into improvisation to stimulate top grade responses
  • A practical exploration of successful and creative lessons and Schemes of Work
  • How to differentiate work in response to ability and chosen specialisms
  • Assessing your candidates: using the mark scheme and ensuring that your assessments meet the rubric of the specification
  • Catering for the design candidate

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Dynamic Ways to Explore Scripted Performance

  • How to present more challenging material
  • Practical exploration of teaching and learning strategies and extension tasks that challenge and encourage high achievers
  • The demands of this practical unit: what’s being assessed, and how
  • Selecting appropriate texts: suggested texts to provide stretch, challenge and breadth to your students’ performances, in line with the demands of your specification
  • Structuring the rehearsal schedule to ensure the process is valuable and creative
  • Gain insight into the examination process, to enhance your practice
  • Improve your understanding of the assessment criteria with a view to successfully implementing these into your teaching the performance unit

2.30 – 3.00pm
Ways into writing

  • Productions viewing; master classes and debate teams that encourage creative thinking
  • Analytical writing projects to help students gain top grades
  • The importance of feedback: scaffolding the process
  • Promoting a higher level of verbal reasoning to inform better written responses
  • The Devising Log: opportunities, challenges and how to meet the written requirements for the devised NEA in a creative manner

3.00 – 3.15pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.15 – 3.45pm
Final discussion, top tips and depart

  • Top tips for ensuring creative responses that meet the assessment requirements
  • Plenary

Susie Ferguson

Susie Ferguson has taught Drama for 18 years, and was a Head of Drama at the Holt School for 8 years. In addition
to her continued outstanding teaching in the classroom at The Piggott School, she also works regularly with the Learning departments of the National Theatre and Old Vic, as well as designing GCSE and A Level production and
practitioner notes for Disney Theatrical Group.