Thursday 10 June 2021

Code: 8282

ABOUT THIS WEBINAR: Teaching: A Level Drama Effectively: a complete guide for newer drama teachers

This 120-minute webinar is designed to support teachers who are new to teaching A Level drama to approach the challenges of the course with confidence and skills. The webinar is structured in order to provide support for newer drama teachers tackling both non examined assessment and the written paper.

The webinar will also deal directly with the potential changes to A level and GCSE Drama  courses which have been recently outlined by Ofqual as a result of their response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


  • Focus on developing understanding of the changes that may be implemented from September in relation to the performance elements of the course
  • Consider the shape of an effective progression map for the teaching of the full specification


4.00 – 4.05  pm Welcome and Introduction

4.05 – 35pm:  Outline of the Ofqual changes and possible progression map for the course

  • Explore the suggested changes to performance aspect of the course including reducing the size of the performance group and placing more emphasis on developing performance scenarios
  • Explore the demands of the common assessment objectives for student achievement
  • Consider the implications of the focus on teacher as examiner for assessment practice
  • Examine possible delivery models for the course

4.35 – 5.15pm: Looking closely at the requirements of the performance elements

  • Consider teaching strategies that can be used to support pupils in developing effective performance skills using both remote platforms and classroom methods
  • Explore exemplar material for developing effective monologues and duologues
  • Consider best practice in matching the context of the student group to the choice of theatrical text

5.15 – 5.45pm: Looking closely at the demands of the written examination

  • Explore a toolkit approach to the teaching of all aspects of dramatic text using both remote learning and classroom methods
  • Consider effective strategies for providing feedback to students on their written work which will maximise engagement and promote progress
  • Examine exemplar material for students working at different ability levels

5.45 – 6pm: Plenary – consideration of the implications of revised practice for the teaching of Key Stage 4                                              

  • Exploration of examples of skills ladders designed to promote strong transition between the key stages
  • Consideration of the shape of an effective enrichment programme to support the teaching of A Level drama
  • Examination of the range of possible digital resources for the teaching of drama
  • Round up and Q&A

Emma Hollis

Emma is a well-respected arts education expert with over two decades of experience in teaching, school leadership, inspection, and advisory work. Emma is a senior examiner and has been an assessor for both the Arts Mark and Arts Award qualifications. She is also an Ofqual Subject Expert and was recently commissioned to scrutinise and credit the full range of reformed A Level specifications. Emma has worked with school-based colleagues on a range of arts, media and design projects as an auditor, consultant and evaluator. Emma is a highly experienced trainer designing and leading programmes on a range of themes and across specifications. She has led training for teachers and leaders in a range of settings all over the world. She is an experienced researcher and has authored several market-leading textbooks for Drama teachers, and published book reviews and articles in peer reviewed journals. Her research specialisms include practitioner identity and the impact of social class on the social and educational experiences of teenagers. She is the chair of governors in an outstanding secondary academy and Charitable Trustee of the Leicester YMCA.

Pearson A level Drama