This course is targeted and specifically designed for all teachers and subject leaders of GCSE Edexcel Drama and Performing Arts.


  • Understand the specific requirements of Component 3
  • Strategies for planning to meet the requirements of Section B
  • Examine exemplar schemes of work for successful teaching
COURSE DATES London | Friday 5 July 2019
  • Heads of Drama
  • AS/A Drama teachers
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 – 10.45am
Introduction to the key features of the new A Level specification

  • Examine the differences between Non Examined Assessment and Written Examination
  • Consider the implications of the specification assessment scheme
  • Examine delivery models for the specification

10.45 – 11.00am
Discussion: coffee break

11.00 – 12.30pm
Planning frameworks – Identify key features of Component Section B

  • Develop understanding of the demands of assessment
  • Review the shape of a possible scheme of work for helping students to move from page to stage
  • Explore genre, structure and mood
  • Consider relevant themes for a contemporary audience

12.30 – 1.15pm
Lunch and Discussion

1.15 – 2.45pm
Directing the text 1: Exploring unseen extracts and methods for staging the text

  • Explore a potential design concept for the text including developed ideas for set, lighting, costume, sound
  • Explore possible staging of selected unseen extracts and the intended impact creative ideas will have on an audience
  • Explore possible uses of stage space including entrances and exits

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Directing the text 2: Exploring ways in which the ideas of the director are interpreted in performance

  • Analyse the ways in which different performance and production elements are brought together to create theatre
  • Develop understanding of key features of language and form
  • Plan practical activities for developing an understanding of key characters including physicality, non verbal communication and voice

3.45 – 4.00pm
Plenary and Depart

  • Review action plan for success
  • Identify appropriate resources for working with students

Please Note: all opinions and views expressed during the course of the day and within the body of these notes are the views and opinions of the presenter and do not claim to reflect opinions of any awarding body, organisation or individual, however implied.

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 Drama