This course is designed to introduce teachers of Drama and Performing Arts to the full scope of the Edexcel 2016 specification. The programme will take delegates through the specific aspects of each assessed component including the demands of Non Examination Assessment (NEA) and written examination. The course aims to develop strategies for successful planning and preparation to ensure strong outcomes for students. It is specifically designed to provide teachers who are new to the specification with the tools to approach it with confidence.


  • 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 planning and delivery
  • Gain confidence in creating a delivery plan for the specification
COURSE DATE London Wednesday 3 July 2019
  • All teachers of Drama including NQTs, teachers of performing arts and teachers of English with responsibility for Drama.
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

  • Examine the differences between Non Examined Assessment and Written Examination
  • Consider the demands of the assessment scheme and assessment objectives
  • Examine delivery models for the specification
  • Explore characteristics of student performance in each of the grade bands

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

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

  • Develop understanding of the demands of assessment of the NEA devised component
  • Explore a practical scheme of work for helping students to move from a text extract into devised performance
  • Examine the link between practitioner methodologies and the text within the devising process
  • Creating an effective portfolio of evidence – explore exemplar material

12.45 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.45pm
Focus on NEA Component 2: Text Practical

  • Discuss the range of possible approaches to editing text to ensure success in moving from page to stage
  • Examine exemplar performance work in the light of the new assessment objectives
  • Discuss approaches to preparation for performance

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Focus on Examination Assessment: Component 3 Written Paper

  • Discuss practical strategies for developing an appropriate scheme of work
  • Explore practical ideas for supporting the development of a concept for Section C texts
  • Explore practical ideas for taking students through the text as performers and designers in Section B texts
  • Examine specification assessment materials
  • Evaluating live theatre – a toolkit for success

3.45 – 4.00pm
Plenary and Depart

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

Emma Hollis-Brown

Emma has a wide ranging experience of teaching and learning and has led both a series of high performing faculities in a range of secondary schools and post 16 institutions. Emma’s career has expanded into leadership, teacher training, and inspection work. Emma is an Ofqual Subject Expert and published author and has worked as an Examiner across practical and written elements of GCSE and A’Level specifications for CIE, Edexcel and AQA.

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