Reinforce your knowledge and consolidate your armoury of resources, exercises and tools to enrich each of Edexcel GCSE Drama’s three sections: Devising Theatre, Performing From a Text and Interpreting Theatre. Explore the practical and written elements of each section, deepening your understanding of how to support your students in writing their evaluations and reviews as well as completing their portfolio and performances or designs for Devising Theatre. This one-day seminar is suitable for new teachers as well as those who want to refresh and consolidate their approach to the Edexcel Drama GCSE syllabus.


  • Deepen your understanding of Devising Drama’s performance and design options.
  • Develop techniques for tackling the written sections.
  • Select the best practitioners and genres for your students – and yourself!
  • Explore your set text with good questions and practical exercises.
  • Gain insight and confidence into the syllabus and its requirements.
COURSE DATE Online | Friday 11 June 2021
  • Heads of Drama
  • Drama Teachers
  • Teachers with Responsibility for Arts
  • Staff members considering selecting the Eduqas syllabus for the first time
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 – 10.20am: Introduction

  • Key challenges of Eduqas Drama – Devising a clear scene, making the most of your script and group; Performing a truthful interpretation of your scene, and selecting the best one for your group; Interpreting Theatre as an informed actor, director or designer.
  • How the three main sections of the syllabus relate to the AOs
  • Meet Rachel and explore how Eduqas’s syllabus supports your students. This is also a chance to introduce yourself, the centre you work in and what’s top of your ‘shopping list’ to consolidate, clarify or explore about Edexcel GCSE Drama.

10.20 – 10.30am: Discussion: coffee break

10.30 – 11.30am: Devising Theatre – Options, Objectives and Obstacles

  • Key Ingredients and Common Problems: Rachel will lead an exploration of what opportunities and obstacles the devising section brings.
  • Stimulus and exercises – hear about and share your success stories of games and exercises to stimulate the devising process.
  • Structuring the devising process – how to help your students use their preparation and rehearsal time to best effect.
  • Dramatic Devices, Practitioners and Genres – how to treat this as a ‘toybox’ not a ‘tick sheet’.
  • Choosing a Practitioner or Genre: Introducing Stanislavski and Brecht as foundations, then other practitioners and genres in response. How to bring out what students are already doing rather than see it as something forcing over the work already being done.
  • Portfolio: Introduce this early so each class has a show and tell element. Encourage notes, edited script sections, photos etc.

11.30 – 1.00pm: Technical Theatre Options

  • If and when it’s a good idea for students to pick one of the other technical options rather than acting in the devised piece. How different venues’ facilities affect this decision.
  • What questions to ask your students to ask themselves about: Set (including Props), Lighting, Sound, Costume (including Hair and Make-up).
  • Activities to support technical theatre students as well as acting students.
  • Q&A/consolidation: Reminder central objectives: communicating meaning and message to audience. Use of drama watchwords to get the most out of devised piece and own performance/design.

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch

2.00 – 2.45pm: Written Evaluations

  • Main ingredients of your evaluation
  • How to structure your evaluation
  • Notes – what your students can bring to the exam
  • How to make the most of the notes they’re allowed to bring

2.45 – 3.30pm:  Performing From a Text

  • Selecting a passage of text
  • Preparing a passage from separate extracts
  • Using direction to build confidence and exploration

3.30 – 3.45pm:  Interpreting Theatre

  • Aspects to consider in approaching your set text
  • Choosing a set text that’s right for the class – and for the teacher!
  • Analysing and evaluating live theatre – what the written evaluation and interpreting theatre has taught you and how to take it forward
  • Conclusion: Take-away and targets

Dr Rachel Knightley

Dr Rachel Knightley is the author of Illuminate Publishing’s GCSE Drama Study and Revision Guide. She is a former senior tutor of the Questors Youth Theatre and was resident speech and drama teacher at Heathfield GDST School until 2013, when she moved into full-time writing and private tuition. Rachel has directed, performed and written for theatre; her first collection of short stories (greatly influenced by her background in performance) will be published in 2021. Rachel teaches English Language and Literature, Drama and Theatre Studies, Public Speaking and LAMDA Exams privately from her base in southwest London and online.