This updated course based is focussed on meeting the demands of the higher level marking bands across all  the specification components. It will focus on exploring the characteristics of work produced by students working at the highest levels and will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas which will stretch and challenge able students and develop their higher level skills.  Using feedback based on the 2019 results the course will explore what is expected of high ability students and outline ways to build you teaching practice around this.


  • Focussed on identifying the demands of Grades 7 – 9 students and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • Gain enhanced understanding of the specific assessment demands of the AQA GCSE Drama specification for higher level students.
  • Find out the very latest on how the current situation will affect teaching and assessment
  • Gain insight into what AQA examiners are looking for at the highest grades
  • Develop confidence in using the assessment objectives and mark schemes to provide feedback and increase progress for students aiming to achieve Grades 7 to 9
  • Explore exemplar materials to identify characteristics of outstanding work
COURSE DATE Online | Wednesday 02 December 2020
  • All teachers of AQA GCSE Drama
  • Heads of Drama Department
  • Directors of Faculties of Performing Arts
  • Senior leaders with responsibility for the Arts
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 – 11.00 am: Focus on assessment demands for Grades 7-9, including feedback

  • Examine the assessment demands of all components including the use of assessment objectives as a framework for assessment
  • Consider the most effective models for delivery of the course to ensure effective assessment practice across 2 years
  • Review characteristics of Grade 7-9 GCSE students in the AQA GCSE
  • Feedback on the 2019 examination series – what students need to do to ensure that they achieve the highest grades, providing feedback that makes positive change
  • Key areas of strength and weakness in top level performance: marginal gains areas that made a real difference
  • Interventions: identifying and rectifying underachievement at the top end

11.00 – 11.15 am: Break

11.15 – 12.15 pm: Achieving  Grades 7 – 9  in Component 1 Section B

  • What Grades 7-9 look like in Section B and what examiners expect to see to award Grades 7 – 9
  • Exploring ways in which to encourage the higher ability students to form their own creative interpretations of the set text
  • Teaching your set text to support insightful, appropriate and justified suggestions
  • Applying research and embedding social, cultural and historical context for maximum achievement
  • Fulfilling the demands of each question: developing answers for the longer questions to achieve maximum marks

12.15 – 1.00 pm: Achieving Grades 7 – 9 in Component 1 Section C

  • Analysing a top band answer: applying the mark scheme with confidence and using it with your students
  • Teaching extended written skills to improve structure, clarity and use of technical terms
  • Ways to review the live production seen in lessons in order to support highly able students in making detailed production notes
  • Exploring the dual approach to evaluating in terms of the students’ own engagement alongside their judgement of the overall dramatic effectiveness of the production
  • Supporting able students in how to select the most appropriate production for the question asked

1.00 – 2.00 pm: Lunch

2.00pm-2.45 pm Teaching The Devising NEA- stretching and challenging able students

  • How to provide appropriate stimuli to support high achieving students
  • Ways in to written work: how to ensure that knowledge and evaluative skill is applied clearly and appropriately in the Devising Log for high marks
  • Maximising marks in the Devising Log – making every word count
  • Supporting your students in using dramatic devices and techniques to raise achievement and demonstrate excellent practical skills

2.45 – 3.30 pm: Component 3: Texts in Practice NEA – key challenges for able students

  • Applying feedback from visiting examiners: choosing appropriate texts and extracts for your higher ability candidate
  • Teaching practical skills: ensuring that high ability students improve performance and design/practical skills during the rehearsal process
  • Involving your design candidate: ensuring maximum engagement during the rehearsal and design process

3.30-3.45 pm: Final questions and depart

Georgina Ring

Georgina is Head of Drama and Theatre Studies at LVS Ascot. She has been teaching AQA GCSE and A-Level for the past six years and her subject results for both courses last year were in the top 1% for value added in the country. Alongside her teaching, Georgina is a tutor on The Ufton Drama Summer School, a gifted and talented drama programme for GCSE and A-level students. Georgina has recently written an adaptation of the classical Greek tragedy, Antigone, which is currently being edited for publication. Georgina works closely with the University of Reading to assist with the training of new drama teachers and mentors in the delivery of dynamic and contemporary approaches to teaching the subject.