Achievement in AQA GCSE Drama requires students to overcome some key challenges in order to secure a top grade.

Students need to be able to show their knowledge and understanding of a studied play and share creative ideas for realising their own interpretation of this with the examiner. They will be tested on their ability to use subject specific terminology within their written work. They will also need to show they can analyse and evaluate theatre that they have seen, making judgements on the effective of the work in relation to the production aims. They will need to be highly effective performers and show they can track their creative processes in the form of the devising log.

This new course will demonstrate how to guide your students across the ability range to achieve their maximise possible grades in future AQA GCSE Drama examinations. The course is designed for teachers Heads of Drama as well as teachers of AQA GCSE Drama, but could be of benefit to teachers of other exam boards.


  • Take away strategies to support the development of students’ practical skills
  • Develop an awareness of effective planning and structuring of the course
  • Learn creative approaches to devising to support students of all abilities
  • Develop strategies to support students in their preparation for the written examination
  • Learn how to develop students’ ability to articulate their interpretation of texts within the written form
  • Take away fresh ideas, approaches and methods in teaching the wider context of the set texts
  • Develop greater understanding of the precision and detail that examiners are looking for in top band responses
  • Find out more about the barriers to progress and ways to support highly able students to overcome them
COURSE DATE Online Part 1
Tuesday 09 March 2021
Thursday 01 July
Online Part 2
Monday 15 March 2021
Thursday 08 July
  • Heads of Performing Arts/Drama departments
  • Teachers of AQA GCSE Drama
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


10.00 – 11.00am: Overview of the AQA GCSE Drama course including challenges and what to expect from pupils

  • Ensuring students and teachers hit the ground running in September – introducing the scheme of work and baseline assessment
  • Recognising which areas will be most challenging for you and how to address these issues
  • Identifying your support network and making the most of it – particularly in a small department or single teacher department
  • Planning the course with the end in mind when teaching a linear course
  • How to plan to present new learning in small steps across the two years to develop the skills and knowledge required for students to be successful
  • Laying strong foundations at KS3 for KS4 – key areas to focus on

11-00 – 11.20am Break

11.20 – 1.00pm: Every Mark Matters: Teaching some of the topics/areas students find most challenging in Component 1: The Written Paper

  • Exploring ways to help students structure their responses in the written exam
  • Teaching students how to write as a performer and designer, and using relevant terminology to do so
  • Guiding students to use their time wisely in the exam and to make the most of the marks available
  • Developing interpretations of the main characters in the set texts and learning how to realise this using theatrical terminology
  • Selecting appropriate moments from the productions seen in order to support their evaluation
  • Decoding the questions to ensure their answers are relevant to the specific demands

1.00  – 2.00pm: Lunch

2.00  – 2.45pm: Every Mark Matters: Supporting  your students to achieve high marks in Devising

  • Expanding students initial responses to the stimulus presented to encourage greater creativity and originality in the devised work
  • Ways to expand the use of theatrical devices within the practical work
  • Keeping students on track throughout the creative process
  • Supporting students to get the most out of the Devising Log
  • Ways to promote students to be reflective on the creative process without relying on a narrative account

2.45 – 2.50pm: afternoon tea

2.50– 3:40 pm: Every Mark Matters: Supporting your students to achieve high marks in the scripted component

  • Finding the best plays for your students in order to stretch and challenge them
  • Understanding the importance of the statement of dramatic intention and ways into writing these with the students
  • Examining the demands of the top band on the performance mark scheme
  • Structuring lesson time to allow students to fully realise their artistic intentions

3:45 – 4:00pm: Depart

Georgina Ring

Georgina is Head of Drama and Theatre Studies at LVS Ascot. She has been teaching AQA GCSE and A-Level for the past six years and her subject results for both courses last year were in the top 1% for value added in the country. Alongside her teaching, Georgina is a tutor on The Ufton Drama Summer School, a gifted and talented drama programme for GCSE and A-level students. Georgina has recently written an adaptation of the classical Greek tragedy, Antigone, which is currently being edited for publication. Georgina works closely with the University of Reading to assist with the training of new drama teachers and mentors in the delivery of dynamic and contemporary approaches to teaching the subject.