This course is specifically targeted and designed for all teachers starting to teach GCSE Drama for the first time and is applicable to all four examination boards. The day will give delegates tips, realistic practical advice and guidance, and practical strategies and approaches on how to deliver the course with minimum stress whilst maintaining maximum student achievement.


  • Identify the key components of GCSE Drama, across all exam boards
  • Explore practical ideas for delivering a GCSE course
  • Gain a good understanding of the relationship between the practical demands and the written paper
  • Gain confidence in planning and teaching outstanding lessons for students of all abilities
  • Take away immediately useful materials, including schemes of work and stimuli for non-examined assessment
COURSE DATE London | Friday 26 June 2020
* Please note, this course will be held online on the designated date if it’s not possible to run in venues.
  • All teachers new to teaching 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
The specification in depth

  • Key content of GCSE Drama specifications
  • The 4 GCSE assessment objectives and how they are met
  • Planning a two or three year course that supports students of all abilities
  • Ensuring progression from Key Stage 3, focussing on both written and practical work

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.00pm
Component 1: Understanding Drama – The Written Paper

  • Understanding and meeting the demands of a written paper and awarding body standards
  • How to include technical terminology and knowledge throughout your teaching
  • Exploring set texts: practical ways into supporting attainment in the written paper
  • Teaching the live production: choosing, exploring, analysing and evaluating the work of theatre makers in a way that supports students of all abilities
  • Maintaining a focus on written skills during the two year course – a consistent approach

12.00 – 1.00pm
Teaching Component 2: Devising Drama 

This practical session will look at a range of different stimuli and approaches which can be transferred immediately upon return to the classroom or drama studio

  • Planning and supporting the devising process: top tips to build and sustain engagement and achievement
  • How to differentiate work in response to ability and chosen specialisms
  • The importance of feedback: scaffolding the process
  • The Devising Log: opportunities and challenges and how to meet the written requirements for the devised NEA
  • Assessing your candidates: using the mark scheme and ensuring that your assessments meet the rubric of the specification
  • Catering for the design candidate

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 3.00pm
Texts in Practice

  • The demands of this practical unit: what’s being assessed, and how
  • Selecting appropriate texts: suggested texts to provide stretch, challenge and breadth to your students’ performances, in line with the demands of your specification
  • The rehearsal process: how to keep your range of students motivated and on track
  • Running an examination day. How to minimise stress and maximise attainment during the practical exam, with top tips to ensure smooth running and purposeful day

3.00 – 3.05pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.05 – 3.30pm
Planning your curriculum

  • Medium and long term planning to ensure coverage of the curriculum
  • Suggested timelines for practical work and a course structure that suits you and your school
  • Resourcing your course – suggestions and sharing good practice
  • Questions and evaluation

Susie Ferguson

Susie Ferguson has taught Drama for 18 years, and was a Head of Drama at the Holt School for 8 years. In addition
to her continued outstanding teaching in the classroom at The Piggott School, she also works regularly with the Learning departments of the National Theatre and Old Vic, as well as designing GCSE and A Level production and
practitioner notes for Disney Theatrical Group.