This course is designed for all teachers of Edexcel GCSE Drama who are looking to adapt their current practice to meet the demands of the new specification for teaching from September 2016. Aiming to make sure teachers are fully prepared for the changes, the emphasis will be on practical strategies that will help you to sustain outcomes and progress over times as the curriculum needs change. We will look at the similarities and differences between the previous specification and the new and explore how you can best support all of your students to achieve excellent results.


  • Develop your understanding of how the new specification will work in practice
  • Take away resources to use immediately in your lessons
  • Find ways to update your own current resources
  • Discover creative approaches to teaching all units to engage and motivate all students
  • Consider how to track and monitor students for all units
  • View examples of student work as a basis for discussion
COURSE DATE London Tuesday 2 July 2019
  • Heads of Drama
  • All teachers of Edexcel GCSE 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
Overview of the new Edexcel GCSE Drama 2016 specification

  • What is the same? What has changed?
  • Which of my current resources can I re use?
  • Where do I find new resources/ help/ support?
  • How does standard for assessment compare to the current specification?
  • Successful preparation at Key stage 3
  • Designing an outstanding course

11.00– 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.15pm
Component 1

  • Laying the groundwork –Practical and writing skills
  • Selecting the best activities for your students
  • How do I support my students to achieve well in them?
  • Matching up to the new grading system

12.15 – 1.15pm
Component 2

  • Laying the groundwork – ACTION, SPACE, DYNAMICS, RELATIONSHIP
  • How to teach the text with the increased breadth and depth
  • Approaches to motivate students with the new and expanded content
  • Improving the quality of extended written responses
  • How to ensure students can obtain the highest grade possible
  • How is it assessed and how do I support my students to achieve well?

1.15 – 2.15pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.15 – 3.15pm
Component 3

  • Unpicking the detail of the new content
  • Knowing your students’ starting points
  • Adapting your current approach to fit the new demands
  • The examination: how will the content be assessed?
  • Where can I get further support for this after today?

3.15 – 3.45pm
Final Top Tips

  • Resourcing the new specification
  • Next steps, what to do now in preparation for teaching in September 2016
  • Questions, discussion, afternoon tea and depart
  • How does this GCSE specification fit into my curriculum pathway from KS3 to KS5?
  • How do I predict grades?

Emma Hollis-Brown

Emma has wide ranging experience of teaching and learning, working in a range of secondary schools and post 16 institutions specialising in delivering curriculum solutions in English and the Performing Arts and leading high performing faculties to success. Since 2004, Emma has developed a career in initial teacher training, leadership and challenge, and inspection and advisory work supporting curriculum modeling and collaborative quality assurance. In Arts Education settings Emma worked as a Creative Agent, Researcher and Evaluator. Emma is a highly experienced trainer designing and delivering programmes on a range of areas of school improvement.

Emma is also a senior examiner for the market leading A Level Theatre Studies specification, a trained assessor both for Arts Mark and Arts Award schemes and an Ofqual Subject Expert. In 2011 Emma established her own training and consultancy company delivering a range of contracts across public and private sectors. Emma is a badged Ofsted Inspector working on both schools and initial teacher training remits as well as a secondary school Governor and Charitable Trustee.

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Edexcel GCSE Drama