A new one day course designed to support teachers of A Level Drama looking to advance their practice and develop a mastery of the subject. The four specific workshops are structured to enable teachers to engage deeply with the key pedagogic issues in the teaching of Drama at an advanced level.

Throughout the day we will focus on the characteristics of quality teaching which will promote high level achievement. The design of the course is informed by the latest research into effective pedagogy in the teaching of advanced level Drama. This course is not focussed on any particular specification but will instead include examples drawn from across awarding bodies. During the day we will also examine the challenges facing teachers of drama during the pandemic period.


  • Gain a detailed understanding of the characteristics of highly effective planning and teaching of A Level Drama
  • Explore strategies designed to secure the highest grades in both non examined assessment and the written examination
  • Examine exemplar assessment material for top scoring students from across the range of specifications
  • Take away a mastery toolkit for the teaching of Drama
COURSE DATE Online | Wednesday 24 November 2021

London | Monday 27 June 2022

  • Faculty Heads of Performing Arts
  • Heads of Drama
  • Heads of English with responsibility for Drama
  • Teachers of A Level Drama
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


10.00 – 10.30am: Exploring the demands of the shared subject content and assessment objectives

  • Examine the specific requirements of the shared assessment objectives to clarify understanding
  • Consider possible delivery models for maximising achievement
  • Identify the key challenges for drama teachers in achieving mastery

10.30- 11.30am: Workshop 1: Devising for success

  • Explore the different stages of an effective devising process in relation to both text and non-text stimuli
  • Gain a detailed understanding of the features of top scoring portfolio evidence
  • Develop strategies for developing high quality evidence of performance scenarios in the pandemic period

11.30 – 11.45am: Break

11.45- 1pm: Workshop 2: Achieving mastery in preparing students for successful performance in the written exam

  • Examine exemplar material for high level performance in the examined component
  • Develop a well – sequenced curriculum plan for preparing students to address the demands of examination questions
  • Explore practical strategies for developing pupils’ mastery of a performance text

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch  

2.00 – 3pm: Workshop 3: Achieving mastery in the teaching of text – based performance

  • Explore strategies for preparing pupils for success in the performance of monologues and duologues
  • Examine exemplar learning sequences for developing high quality performance
  • Consider the challenges facing pupils in preparing text based performance under pandemic conditions

3.00- 3.10pm: afternoon break 

3.10- 4pm: Workshop 4: Gaining mastery in the development of pupils’ skills in analysis and evaluation

  • Identify the characteristics of high scoring evaluations of live theatre
  • Explore the contents of a mastery toolkit for developing pupils’ skills in analysis and evaluation
  • Final plenary to answer key questions

4.00pm: Depart

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.