Monday 19 April 2021 – 4pm

Code: 8315


This 120 minute webinar will deal directly with the impact of the changes to the Pearson A’Level Drama written paper which have been recently outlined by Ofqual as a result of their response to the Covid 19 pandemic.

The webinar will initially outline the changes in a clear and concise way before outlining a number of strategies to deal with these changes.  Time will be spent looking at effective ways to develop successful responses to the live theatre evaluation section of the written paper.


  • Focus on developing understanding quickly the changes that may be implemented from September, in relation to the written paper
  • Gain access to a range of different approaches to responding to live and digital theatre
  • Exploration of all aspects of specimen questions and mark schemes to maximise understanding of the awarding of marks


4.00 – 4.05 pm Welcome and Introduction

4.05 – 4.15pm:  Outline of the Ofqual changes  

  • Explore the suggested changes to Performance aspect of the course including reducing the size of the performance group and placing more emphasis on developing performance scenarios
  • Examine the implications of the changes for the preparation of students for the written exam
  • Consider the implications of the shift towards a focus on digital theatre

4.15 – 4.45pm: Exploration of the key differences between responding to live and digital theatre

  • Consider teaching strategies that can be used to support pupils in responding to theatre using recorded material
  • Explore exemplar templates for using to promote students’ analytical and evaluative skills

4.45 – 5.15pm: Looking closely at the demands of specific examination questions

  • Consider effective strategies for providing feedback to students on their written work which will maximise engagement and promote progress
  • Explore the separate demands of writing about design and performance elements

5.15 – 5.45pm: Case Study production                                    

  • Exploration of genre and language
  • Analysis of critical moments considering a range of performance and design elements

5.45- 6pm: Plenary

  • Consideration of resources which can be used to support this element of the exam
  • Round up and Q and A

Emma Hollis

Emma is a well-respected arts education expert with over two decades of experience in teaching, school leadership, inspection, and advisory work. Emma is a senior examiner and has been an assessor for both the Arts Mark and Arts Award qualifications. She is also an Ofqual Subject Expert and was recently commissioned to scrutinise and credit the full range of reformed A Level specifications. Emma has worked with school-based colleagues on a range of arts, media and design projects as an auditor, consultant and evaluator. Emma is a highly experienced trainer designing and leading programmes on a range of themes and across specifications. She has led training for teachers and leaders in a range of settings all over the world. She is an experienced researcher and has authored several market-leading textbooks for Drama teachers, and published book reviews and articles in peer reviewed journals. Her research specialisms include practitioner identity and the impact of social class on the social and educational experiences of teenagers. She is the chair of governors in an outstanding secondary academy and Charitable Trustee of the Leicester YMCA.

Pearson A level Drama