Are there aspects of your practice you could improve? Are you aiming for outstanding? To remain masters of our subject, it’s important that we, as teachers, keep learning and evaluating on our own practice. This course provides just that opportunity for practitioners, providing strategies, practical advice and actionable pedagogies.


  • Actively engage with innovative teaching methods specific to GCSE Drama
  • Develop your teaching in the most difficult topic areas such as devising, and writing about students’ own work and that of others
  • Opportunity to be in the position of the learner and utilise innovative ideas
  • Improve the engagement, motivation and attainment of all students through proven principles
  • Improve your ability to develop creative and analytical skills in your students
COURSE DATE London, Monday 19 June 2017
WHO FOR?  Heads of Drama
AS/A Drama teachers
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 10.30am: Identifying challenging skills and topics in GCSE Drama

  • What the GCSE courses demand of students in the new scheme of assessment
  • Planning your course to provide enrichment, engagement and excellent attainment

10.30 – 11.30am: Developing ways to teach devising: Workshop based session

  • How to teach devising skills to students know what to do when they “don’t know what to do”
  • Planning a series of devising workshops which will stretch, challenge and support students in performance AND design based assessments at GCSE and thinking ahead to A Level
  • Exploring a number of different stimuli to identify performance ideas
  • How to record the process to make the written work more accessible

11.30 – 11.45am: Break


11.45 – 12.45 Developing ways to teach writing skills related to Non-Examined Assessment and the written exam

  • How to incorporate written work into the two year course
  • Tried and tested techniques to support the less able
  • Stretching the more able in analysis and evaluation of their own work

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch


1.45 – 2.45pm: PRACTICAL WORKSHOP Using group work, practical work and research to encourage student engagement in their set text

  • How to include historical, cultural and social contexts to texts to support learning
  • Methods of ensuring students are able to deal with any text extract provided in an exam
  • Stretching the more able in their interpretations of a text for an audience
  • Using online resources to support learning

2.45 – 3.45pm: PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: group work, practical work, research for set text engagement

  • Skills based workshop (to include voice, use of text, physicality and influence of style, genre and contemporary practitioners to develop and inspire performance and design skills in line with the GCSE specifications
  • Using the mark scheme to provide targeted skills-based teaching to improve practical marks

Susie Ferguson

Susie Ferguson has taught Drama for 13 years, 7 of which have been as Head of Drama at The Holt School, Wokingham. As a classroom teacher she is consistently graded Outstanding in all observations. She has established strong relationships between her school and several contemporary practitioners creating a successful, innovative A Level and GCSE curriculum, achieving results considerably higher than the national average. In 2014 this included 49% A*-A at GCSE and 60% A*-B at A Level.  Susie regularly works with the National Theatre’s Learning Department in a Teacher Residency at the NT’s Archive, as well as providing consultancy on projects such as the forthcoming On Demand In Schools resource.

Susie is currently consulting with the DfE and exam boards on the new GCSE and A Level Drama/Theatre Studies qualifications, due for implementation in 2016. Susie is a facilitator for the Institute of Education, and is co -author of the IoE’s Leading and Developing Staff module for the NPQML qualification.