The course will explore the challenges of OCR GCSE Drama and will provide real, practical solutions to key aspects as well a range of effective teaching approaches, methods and techniques for all three components. You will discover ways to achieve the best outcomes in the written paper and design even more effective drama schemes of work to suit the OCR criteria. Delegates will be given exemplar materials that you will be able to adapt for your setting to achieve this. You will also take away practical teaching tips on how best to motivate and enthuse students with a love for the subject. 


  • Gain strategies to help students build their devising skills, work out what is working and what isn’t
  • Take away approaches on picking the right stimulus, enabling students to spot potential
  • Find out more about how to maximise students’ potential in both Practical and Portfolio assessment
  • Gain fresh ideas on Presenting and Performing Texts – Component 2
  • The written exam – take away practical strategies eg reviewing skills eg nailing the question,
  • Explore portfolio examples and marking
COURSE DATES Online | Tuesday 16 November 2021
  • Heads of Drama
  • Teachers of OCR 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 – 11.00am: Component 1 – Tackling Devising – The Practical and the Portfolio

  • Building Devising skills – introducing students to the course, arming them with skills and the confidence to work on their own.
  • Enabling students to spot what is working and what needs to be binned.
  • Mock Devising – exploring an exemplar mock devising scheme – scheduling – the mock portfolio. Marking and Feedback. Modelling feedback for the real thing.
  • “Can you devise? Show us, sir!” The advantages (and challenges) of modelling a devised piece.
  • Devising companies – what to see and when to see it. Ways to enhance your students’ experience, their performances and their portfolios.
  • Picking the stimulus – enabling students to spot potential, opportunities for research and avoiding dead ends.


11.00 – 11.15: Morning Break


11.15 – 12.15pm: Component 2: Presenting and Performing Texts

  • Picking the text? What is best for your cohort? What links most to the KS3 experience?
  • The concept proforma – how to prepare it effectively and using it to improve performance.
  • Building performance skills – using practitioners, workshop ideas and building on the professional attitude learnt in devising!
  • Mock marking. How best to prepare your students for the examination.
  • Prepping at Key Stage Three


12.15 – 13.15pm: Lunch


13.15 – 14.15pm: Component 3: Performance & Response

  • Creating and Developing – Exploring methods of research – evaluating and analysing. Recording the process. Use of questioning. Self and peer assessment and guidance.
  • Portfolio examples and marking.
  • Performance – The OCR guidelines, using the marking criteria, self and peer assessment leading to final analysis. Examples from performances.


14.15 – 15.15pm: The Written Examination

  • Exploring the examination – timings, how to prepare, what are OCR looking for?
  • The Set text – Find Me as an example – embedding the examination throughout the exploration of the text.
  • Creating questions.
  • Live Production.
  • Reviewing skills – the most effective ways of nailing this question through: choice of text, reviewing, re-reading, re-viewing and revising.
  • Prepping Key Stage Three – methods, assessments, mock portfolios to prepare KS3 student for GCSE performance skills.


15.15 – 15.30pm: Q&A


15.30pm: Finish

Sasha Silver

Sasha Silver currently teaches Key Stage 3, GCSE and A level Drama at St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls, a school that is recognised as being in the top 5% of mainstream schools nationally. She also has experience as Most Able Coordinator at Key Stage 3 & 4, developing whole school strategies to stretch and challenge Most Able students across all subjects. Alongside her teaching she is an examiner for AQA A level Drama & Theatre Component 3 and has also been an examiner for AQA GCSE Drama. Additionally, Sasha has experience as a professional theatre director and choreographer.