The aim of this course is to give you practical ideas and strategies for teaching outstanding Drama & Theatre that are engaging, challenging and motivational for all students.

The course will particularly focus on how able Drama students can secure A and A* grades at A Level. The course will include practical elements and therefore suitable clothing should be worn. Please bring a copy of your exam specification with you.


  • Discuss in detail the elements that make outstanding A Level Drama lessons
  • Develop engaging and challenging strategies for teaching at A Level
  • Discover the difference between B, A and A* in performance, design and direction
  • Learn how best to support students as they prepare for university interviews
  • Find out how to help an already able drama student develop their potential
COURSE DATE London Wednesday 19 June 2019
  • Teachers of A Level Drama
  • Teachers of able Drama students
  • Teachers who want their students to gain top grades
  • Teachers who are preparing Drama students for top university/drama school courses
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 – 10.30am
Overview, principles and practicalities of outstanding teaching

  • Identifying the essentials of outstanding A Level Drama teaching and learning
  • Effective differentiation to challenge the very able students in the group, and encourage progress at all levels
  • Planning for success – how to structure your course to maximise the chances for top grades
  • Creating a strong foundation for A Level, at Key Stage 4

10.30 – 11.10am
Performance – getting the best out of students

  • Gaining top marks in A Level performance what examiners are looking for
  • Taking students beyond A Level – preparation for auditions and performing experience
  • Developing holistic theatrical knowledge – the all-round performer
  • Take away new ideas for scripted, design and devised work that can be translated immediately into the classroom

11.10 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.45pm
Developing High Level Performance & Design Skills in Devised and Scripted performances

  • Working with texts beyond the superficial – applying knowledge and experience and using research skills to create original ideas
  • Balancing originality and creativity with exam board criteria
  • Challenging and engaging devising ideas to extend the more able students to attain top marks
  • Outstanding lessons in A Level devising – top tips

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 3.00pm
Developing High Level Written Skills

  • Teaching inspiring lessons that integrate core drama skills and get students to think for themselves
  • Structuring the teaching of written work to develop confidence and coherence
  • Balancing clarity with challenge – embedding challenge for the able learner
  • Strategies to extend students’ drama experience – challenging their boundaries
  • Teaching set texts with rigour and encouraging student engagement

3.00 – 3.10pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.10 – 3.45pm
Preparing Students for Examinations and Beyond

  • Preparing for exam questions – the art of prediction!
  • Developing exam technique and making revision more effective
  • Supporting students in their university applications