This revised course will explore the unique challenges of the Head of Drama role, helping both experienced Heads of Drama and those new to aspiring to the role to develop as inspirational leaders and effective managers.

With lively discussion and sharing of best practice, we will cover the key aspects of the role, including how to build our vision and inspire our departments; how to model outstanding teaching and learning, and how to raise the profile of Drama with our CLT and within the school as a whole. In the light of the new OFSTED framework for 2019 we will look at ways to ensure the Drama curriculum supports progression from Key Stage 3 through to A level. In addition, there will be opportunities to discuss and review the impact of the new GCSE and A level specifications on our curriculum and schemes of work.

Teachers will leave with a wealth of resources, and practical strategies for moving your department to Outstanding.


By the end of the course delegates will have:

  • Considered the qualities and skills of an outstanding Head of Drama
  • Reflected upon and developed ways of approaching the key challenges faced by Heads of Drama
  • Explored a range of Teaching and learning strategies that support progression across the key stages
  • Looked at the potential impact of the new GCSE and A level specifications on their teaching
  • Developed ideas for modelling outstanding teaching and learning in Drama
  • Explored ways to promote Drama to their SLTs and within the wider school context
COURSE DATES London | Monday 14 October 2020

London | Monday 16 March 2020

  • Heads of Department looking to lead a Drama Department from good to outstanding
  • Deputy Heads with responsibility for Middle Leaders
  • Heads of Performing Arts
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 11.15am
Leading Change and Driving Improvement in your Drama Department

  • What does outstanding leadership and management look like in Drama with reference to new OFSTED framework 2019?
  • What is meant by high quality Drama education?
  • Reviewing and evaluating teaching and learning across your department
  • Analysing strengths and areas for development – and filling in the gaps
  • Creating a clear vision and strategy for your Department
  • Coaching and support for colleagues

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.45pm
Leading Outstanding Teaching and Learning in Drama

  • Further Exploration of the 2018 OFSTED Framework
  • Designing a broad and rich curriculum that supports progress across all key stages
  • Ensuring a high quality focus on personal development and student behaviour and welfare in Drama
  • Teaching and learning strategies to support excellent results in light of new GCSE and A level specifications
  • Adding creativity to our lessons to ensure high levels of engagement and Outstanding results

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.45pm
Ensuring Progress in Drama

  • Outstanding Assessment strategies
  • Using data effectively for monitoring and feedback – intervention strategies to keep all students on target
  • Using data to support curriculum planning and progress from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5
  • Leading and modelling outstanding teaching and learning in Drama

2.45 – 3.45pm
Planning for Success

  • Exploring ways to promote Drama to your SLTs and within the wider school context
  • Utilising your budget effectively to ensure excellent teaching and results
  • Building links with the wider community – how Drama and productions can help make the department Outstanding
  • Increasing uptake at GCSE

Laura Osman

Laura is an experienced educator, coach and trainer with experience also as a Head of Drama. In this role she turned around a struggling drama department with low uptake and poor results and within a few years made it the fastest growing department in the school moving from 36% A*-C to 100% A*-C. She has worked with beginner teachers in schools and in universities coaching on teacher training programmes. She is an Edexcel Examiner for GCSE Drama new specification and a qualified coach working across secondary and primary schools in London.

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