At Key Stage 3 schools have a great opportunity to introduce students to drama exploring a diverse range of theatrical styles and practitioners, whilst preparing them for further study at Key Stage 4. This course will explore schemes of work linked to scripted work and creative devising themes designed to nurture a love of drama in your students. It will provide you with the knowledge and tools to prepare your own engaging Key Stage 3 schemes, lesson plans aiding your drama delivery at Key Stage 3 to inspire confidence and keep students engaged.


  • Develop a clear insight into how to plan a successful and engaging KS3 Drama curriculum.
  • Explore the possibilities of drama delivery suited to your school, learners and their progression into KS4.
  • Have the confidence to plan your course with imagination.
  • Discover how you can engage students in drama to ensure a good uptake at GCSE


COURSE DATES London | Monday 22 November 2021
  • Teachers of Drama
  • NQT Teachers of Drama
  • Heads of Drama Departments
  • Key Stage 3 Coordinators of 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: A Deep-Dive Diagnostic

  • Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of our own teaching practice in relation to engaging disengaged students
  • What is the context of KS3 Drama in your school – revered or forgotten?
  • Identifying the key obstacles to engaging & motivating your students e.g. intrinsic vs conditional factors
  • Sharing good practice in how to appeal to your students motivation through stimulating pedagogy

11.00 – 11.15am: Morning Break

11.15 – 12.30pm: The Holistic Framework of Motivation & Engagement

  • How can KS3 Drama schemes underpin the KS4 curriculum e.g. a foundation that leads to transition
  • Exploring key drama knowledge within devising, script work and performance
  • Practical drama considerations and skills and how to adapt these for all students
  • Using homework to encourage engagement – introducing topics and research possibilities
  • Assessing at KS3, what expectations do we have of our drama students?

12.30 – 13.30pm: Lunch

13.30 – 14.30pm: Developing a Water-Tight Curriculum to enhance motivation & engagement

  • Get them hooked from the start – exciting ways to add dynamic starters to your lessons to set the tone
  • Picking a theme and going on a planning journey together
  • Exploring practical ideas together including improvisation tasks, discovering practitioners and encouraging creativity for all
  • Placing all these ideas into a useable scheme of work with assessment opportunities

14.30 – 14.45: afternoon break

14.45– 15.30pm: Building on success

  • Looking at differentiation techniques and how this might help inform our future planning decisions to ensure all students are motivated
  • In groups, creating a SOW to suit your drama students with ideas and input
  • Charting a learning journey through your year groups
  • Where to find more resources and networking.

15.30 – 15.45 Review & discussion

Sasha Silver

Sasha is an experienced teacher and examiner of Drama at GCSE and A Level, teaching Drama also at KS3. She is currently teaching in one of the top 5% mainstream schools nationally. She is also a Most Able Coordinator at Key Stage 3 & 4. She examines for a major awarding body, and is also as a professional theatre director and choreographer.