This course is designed for subject leaders and teachers of Drama and Theatre Studies to the demands of the new specification for first teaching in September 2016. The course will take delegates through the requirements of both the written papers and Non-Examined Assessment (NEA). The course is intended to help develop strategies for planning and delivering the new specification to support high attainment for your students.


  • Develop a greater understanding and confidence of the new AS and A Level specification
  • Closely examine the demands of the new Assessment Objectives and how they differ to the current specification
  • Design and implement an appropriate course structure with the support of sample resources
  • Take away motivational teaching approaches to maximise success levels for your students


“Excellent – Fantastic resources and ideas. The Course Leader is very knowledgeable and extremely helpful.” – Norwich High School for Girls, Friday 21st October 2016


COURSE DATE London Friday 16 November 2018
WHO FOR?  All subject leaders, teachers and NQTs intending to deliver the new specification. This could also include Heads of English with a responsibility for Theatre Studies.
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 11.00am: Introduction to the new course features of the new A Level specification

  • Analyse the different components of the new specification
  • Compare the new and old specification to map changes that may need to be made
  • Matching the nominated skills and assessment objectives
  • Consider methods of delivery to meet the assessment demands of the course

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.30pm: Delivery of Component 1 – the written Examination Assessment

  • Understand the question style and the demands of the mark scheme
  • Choosing appropriate set texts to support your students’ skills and ability
  • Practical strategies for exploring the set plays
  • Supporting students in the extract-based question for their set plays
  • Live Theatre: Developing the skills of analysis and evaluation

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 3.00pm: Practical Workshop: Practical approaches to the text-based and devising NEAs

  • Understand the new methods of assessing and moderating practical work
  • Practical teaching strategies to develop strong devising skills
  • Explore exemplar schemes of work to help students realise their dramatic intentions for the text based assessment

3.00 – 3.30pm: Recording The Practical Process: The reflective report and working notebook

  • Examine the written evidence that the NEA requires for component 2
  • Explore methods of evidencing work, including written and recorded logs, to meet the Assessment Objectives

3.30 - 3.45pm: Discussion and evaluation

  • Share suggestions and ideas for next steps

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.