This NEW course aims to support teachers in offering exciting and dynamic ways of delivering the A level specifications.  Join renowned speaker Susie, on this exciting course showing how to teach A level Drama and Theatre in inspirational and exciting ways which increase student engagement and outcomes.  The course has plenty of opportunities to explore ideas practically during the day, the course will provide teachers of all levels of experience with inspirational ideas and successful teaching techniques to support students of all abilities.


  • Increase your confidence in structuring and delivering your A level course
  • Gain an increased repertoire of practical ideas for engaging teaching at A level
  • Develop ways into script work using ideas straight from the professional rehearsal room
  • Develop interesting activities and lessons that increase students’ written examination confidence and engagement
  • Take away schemes of work and lesson plans that enhance and support all four of the A level specifications
  • New Teachers of A level Drama
  • Heads of Drama
  • Heads of Performing Arts
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


Developing Creative Thinkers

  • Understanding how to prepare for the broad spectrum of student ability in Drama
  • Using current drama trends and innovations to encourage breadth and depth of knowledge
  • Recognising and inspiring the gifted and talented in the group
  • Building curiosity – ideas and strategies that extend learners
  • The four A level Assessment Objectives and how they are tested

11.10 – 11.25am
Coffee break and informal discussion

11.25 – 12.30 pm
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

  • Practical exploration of dynamic 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
  • Encouraging independent and creative rehearsal and exploration
  • Prepare and support your students for examination in innovative ways

2.30 – 3.00pm
Ways into writing

  • Encouraging independent responses to live productions to help students articulate their ideas
  • Analytical writing tasks that help students gain top A level grades
  • How to offer effective feedback to support student progress
  • 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 – 3.10pm
Afternoon tea and informal discussion

3.10 – 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.