This revised course is intended for all teachers who wish to ensure the high achievement of students in the written elements of the new AQA GCSE course. By providing tried and tested teaching resources and techniques, the course aims to help teachers raise attainment in students of all abilities and experience by improving confidence, knowledge and a stronger understanding of what examiners are looking for.


  • Develop a range of approaches to tackling set texts
  • Gain an increased knowledge of how to use feedback and marking strategies to raise attainment
  • Improved understanding of the differing requirements and key elements of the written exams
COURSE DATE London Friday 07 December 2018
  • All teachers of AQA GCSE Drama
  • NQTs and those teaching the specification for the first time
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: Bridging the gap between Key Stage 3 and GCSE

  • Building the foundations for GCSE at Key Stage 3
  • Developing students’ understanding and application of technical terminology to support written work at all levels
  • The AQA specification content and standards, especially at Grades 4, 5 and 7 – how to ensure your students are making appropriate progress

10.30 – 11.00am: Component 1, Live Production. Writing about live theatre productions and the work of theatre makers

  • Developing students’ confidence in analysing live work, including the key skills of analysis and evaluation
  • Choosing productions and questions that best suit your candidates
  • Practical strategies to stretch, challenge and encourage all students
  • Progress and monitoring to maintain student confidence throughout the course

11.00 - 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 - 1.00pm: Component 1: A creative workshop approach to teaching the set text

  • Practical strategies and approaches to teaching the set text, using a range of practical tasks examples for a range of plays
  • Encouraging an independent and secure understanding to directing and designing for a set text, focussing on style, genre and context
  • Teaching essay writing skills to meet the assessment objectives and ensure that candidates justify appropriate decisions
  • Aiming for excellence: how to achieve the top marks through use of technical terms, theatrical understanding and inventiveness

1.00 - 2.00pm: Lunch and information discussion


2.00 - 2.45pm: Component 1 Section B: Teaching skills to answer the Component 1 set text exam questions

  • How candidates can meet the Assessment Objectives for the extract based questions: creative teaching strategies to deliver a range of texts to candidates
  • Ways to teach writing skills which make the demands of the written paper less intimidating; the demands at different Grade boundaries
  • How to encourage your students to focus on audience experience
  • Making feedback on written work meaningful to encourage students’ progression

2.45 - 3.30pm: Component 2 Non- Examined Assessment: Writing about Devising

  • Practical suggestions to record the devising process
  • Developing reflection: teaching analytical and evaluative skills
  • Making links to dramatic intentions – ensuring an audience focus in the devising log
  • What are AQA moderators looking for and how to embed those skills throughout your teaching

3.30 - 3.45pm: Questions and evaluation

Susie Ferguson

Susie has taught Drama for 16 years, 8 of which were as Head of Drama at the Holt School, achieving consistently outstanding results at KS4 & 5. Now teaching at The Piggott School, Wargrave, Susie is also an Education Consultant working regularly with the National Theatre’ Learning Department and has recently developed Live Production and practitioner-based resources with Disney Theatrical Group for the new GCSE and A Level specifications.

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