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


This course is designed to introduce subject leaders of Drama and Performing Arts to the most significant aspects of the Pearson Edexcel specification. The programme will take delegates through the specific aspects of each assessed component including the new Non Examination Assessment (NEA) and written examinations. The course will help you to develop strategies for successful planning and preparation to ensure strong outcomes for students.


  • Understand the shape and structure of the linear A Level specification
  • Understand the specific requirements of each assessed component
  • Discuss a range of strategies for planning to meet the requirements of the specification
  • Examine exemplar schemes of work for successful teaching of the set texts
COURSE DATE London | Friday 03 July 2020
  • New Teachers of A level Drama
  • Heads of Drama
  • Heads of Performing Arts
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
Introduction to the key features of the new A Level specification

  • The structure and key features of A level Drama and Theatre
  • Key challenge areas of the Pearson Edexcel specification and preparing for them in your teaching
  • Examine delivery models for the specification
  • Explore characteristics of student performance at different grade bands

11.00 – 11.15am
Coffee break and informal discussion

11.15 – 12.45pm
Focus on Non Examined Assessment (NEA) Component 1: Devised Practical

  • The demands and of assessment the Devised Component
  • Teaching to the Pearson Edexcel standard from the start of the course
  • Helping students to move from page to stage
  • Developing student skills in utilising key extracts from performance texts and theatre practitioners as stimuli
  • Methods and approaches for ensuring the written and performed elements are done equally well by students

12.45 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.45pm
Focus on NEA Component 2: Text In Performance

  • The key differences from Component 1 and how to factor these into your teaching
  • Strategies for improving student skills in performing and designing in groups and as individuals
  • Fundamentals of teaching practitioners and key texts
  • Approaches to preparation for performance

2.45 – 3.00pm
Afternoon tea and informal discussion

3.00 – 3.45pm
Component 3: Focus on Examination Assessment

  • Discuss practical strategies for developing an appropriate scheme of work
  • Evaluating live theatre – a toolkit for success
  • Teaching the different question types: how to integrate this to boost motivation and success
  • Practical ideas for taking students through realising a performance text
  • Explore practical ideas for teaching how to interpret performance texts
  • Where students should be by the end of Year 12 to help with your planning and mock exam interpretations

3.45 – 4.00pm
Plenary and Depart

  • Review action plan for success – plan next steps
  • Signposting relevant resources

Penni Doyle

Penni is a former Head of Department and highly experienced examiner at both A level and GCSE with a major awarding body.