This NEW course will support Heads of Drama, Heads of Performing Arts and subject teachers to provide students with a broad, rich and worthwhile drama curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4.  In the light of the new OfSTED framework, the course will provide proven curriculum planning ideas which provide the depth required, ideas for enrichment and teaching techniques to ensure that students of all abilities and interests can engage successfully with Drama for personal and academic success.


By the end of the course delegates will have:

  • Gain an understanding of the new framework of inspection
  • Explore curriculum models to support the demands of the GCSE examination specifications
  • Take away lesson ideas and assessment tasks to implement immediately in the drama classroom or studio
  • Expand awareness of how to create a balance between practical work and the development of written confidence
COURSE DATES London | Friday 03 July 2020
  • Heads of Department /  Faculty
  • Teachers of Drama
  • Staff developing  curriculum models and hoping to improve curriculum uptake at Key Stage
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 – 11.00am
The Value of Drama in the School Curriculum

  • Why we teach drama – contributing to the ethos of school life and meeting challenges in the current climate
  • The new OfSTED framework – what a broad and rich drama curriculum looks like
  • Re-assessing the demands of the curriculum
  • Mapping the demands of GCSE into your Key Stage 3 programme of study
  • Resourcing your department: ideas for teaching resources and enrichment opportunities to support students of all interests and abilities

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.30pm
Teaching Scripted Work: Practical Workshop

  • Developing a repertoire of approaching texts from a performance and technical perspective
  • Linking your explorations to the English curriculum
  • Expanding your knowledge of texts appropriate for the drama studio and English classroom
  • Developing rich scripted work at Key Stage 3
  • Methods of assessment: marking criteria and matching levels to GCSE grades

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.45pm
Teaching Devising Skills at Key Stage 3: Practical Workshop 

  • Embedding devising skills and developing confidence in the creative process
  • Expanding your toolkit: exploring methods of delivering the devising element in your drama studio, with ideas for schemes of work and teaching activities
  • Encouraging students to take creative risks
  • Using written work to support, rather than undermine, the pleasure of practical work
  • Embracing digital technology to inspire and support the devising process

2.45 – 3.15pm
Enriching Your Curriculum 

  • Exploring opportunities for extra-curricular provision
  • Supporting and stretching the most able with your choice of curriculum
  • Opportunities to review and adjust your own curriculum in the light of today’s course

3.15 – 3.30pm
Questions and Evaluation

Susie Ferguson

Susie Ferguson has taught Drama for 18 years, and was a Head of Drama at the Holt School for 8 years. In addition to her continued outstanding teaching in the classroom at The Piggott School, she also works regularly with the
Learning departments of the National Theatre and Old Vic,as well as designing GCSE and A Level production and
practitioner notes for Disney Theatrical Group.