Please note, this course will be held online on the designated date if it’s not possible to run in venues.


This course has been updated following the examinations in 2019 and is for teachers who wish to ensure achievement of students in the written element of the Pearson A-Level Drama and Theatre exam. By providing tried and tested teaching resources and techniques, the course aims to help teachers raise attainment by improving confidence in the classroom, knowledge and strengthen understanding of what examiners are looking for.


  • Develop a range of approaches to tackling set texts in practical and written lessons
  • Take away feedback and marking strategies to raise attainment
  • Increase understanding of the differing requirements and key elements of the written exam, including technical design terminology, steering towards appropriate director’s concepts, effectively analysing and evaluating live theatre.
COURSE DATE London | Thursday 18 June 2020
  • Heads of Drama
  • Heads of Performing Arts
  • NQTs and those teaching the specification for the first time
  • Teachers of Edexcel A Level
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
Developing A Level written work

  • Moving forward on feedback from the first year of the written exam
  • Theatrical terminology to support written work and effective homework planning to support in class learning
  • Revision checklists
  • Who are our learners? How can we develop their higher order thinking? How can we differentiate accordingly?

10.30 – 11.00am
Component 3, 1) Live Theatre Evaluation

  • Developing students’ confidence in analysing live work, including the key skills of analysis and evaluation
  • Making the right choices: choosing productions and questions that best suit your candidates
  • Supporting lower ability students in written work, including the preparation of production notes: strategies that work best
  • Practical strategies to stretch and challenge the very able student
  • Avoiding pitfalls looking at an example response on Frantic Assembly

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 1.00pm
Component 3, 2) Page to Stage: realisation of an extract from a performance text. Performer and Designer

  • How to approach exploring the set texts: informing students’ own ideas
  • Practical strategies and approaches to teaching the set texts
  • Encouraging secure understanding of acting and designing for a set text, focusing on style, genre and context
  • Aiming for excellence: how to achieve the top marks
  • Looking at an example of a candidate’s response on Accidental Death of an Anarchist

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 2.45pm
Component 3, 2) Page to Stage: Teaching skills to answer the extract based exam questions

  • Teaching essay writing skills to meet the assessment objectives and ensure that candidates justify appropriate decisions
  • How to encourage your students to focus on achieving a clear interpretation of the extract, underpinning their work with meaningful context
  • Analysing a candidate’s design response on Accidental Death of an Anarchist, making feedback on written work meaningful to encourage students’ progression
  • Different strategies for essay writing and exploring the questions in class. Cutting down your marking load

2.45 – 3.30pm
Component 3, 3) Interpreting one performance text, in light of one practitioner for a contemporary audience

  • Practical text based workshop to focus on developing students’ directing skills that underpin the question
  • Approaches to encourage independent production concepts
  • This session provides ideas of how to encourage students to take creative risks in imagining their own production, and encourage influences from their wider theatrical experience in their approach to directing in order to access the higher mark bands of the criteria.
  • Getting the students to apply the practitioner confidently
  • Breaking down an example of a candidate’s response on Lysistrata and Brecht

3.30 – 3.45pm
Questions and evaluation

Caroline Fox

Caroline has nineteen years of experience as a teacher and lecturer in Drama and Performing Arts. She has taught both within secondary schools in the London area and currently in Further Education in the North West, where she is a course team leader for both A-Level Drama and Theatre and BTEC Performing Arts Level 3. She is highly experienced as a mentor for both teacher trainees and NQTs in Performing Arts and Drama. She has maintained an outstanding track record of lesson observations over the past fifteen years.

She is an Edexcel Examiner for A-Level Drama and Theatre. She also enjoys playwriting in her spare time and has benefited from working with the Bush Theatre, BBC Writer’s Room and more recently with Arts Council Funding alongside Theatre by Numbers.

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