This course is focused on meeting the demands of the higher-level marking bands across all three of the specification components. It will focus on exploring the characteristics of work produced by students working at the highest levels and examine a range of teaching materials designed to secure the best possible outcomes. The course will cover what is expected of high ability students and outline ways in order to successfully build on your own teaching practice and embed new methods of working.


  • Understand the specific assessment demands of the Eduqas GCSE Drama specification for higher level students
  • Develop practical strategies for meeting the requirements of the higher bands across all components
  • Explore exemplar materials to identify characteristics of outstanding work
  • Increase confidence in preparing candidates to achieve the highest outcomes
  • Discover a range of practical activities to try in your own Drama space
COURSE DATES London | Friday 25 February 2022

London | Wednesday 6 July 2022

  • All teachers of Edexcel GCSE Drama
  • Teachers of high achieving, capable and/or gifted and talented GCSE students of Drama
  • Heads of Drama Department
  • Senior leaders with responsibility for the Arts
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 – 11.00am: Introductions with a focus on assessment demands for Grades 7-9, including feedback

  • Introductions: Who you are and who are your learners. Identifying the What went wells and Even better ifs of our own teaching practice
  • Examine the assessment demands of all components including the use of assessment objectives as a framework for assessment
  • Consider the most effective models for delivery of the course to ensure effective assessment practice across 2 years and in all 3 components
  • Review characteristics of Grade 7-9 GCSE students in the Eduqas GCSE
  • Lessons learnt from the 2019 examination series – what students need to do to ensure that they achieve the highest grades in 2021

11.00 – 11.15am: Break

11.15am – 12.00pm: Achieving top grades in Component 1

  • Review example Component 1 NEA at Grades 7-9: what top level students do
  • Characteristics of the most successful candidates in the devised component
  • Building Devising skills – introducing students to the course, arming them with skills and the confidence to work on their own.
  • Enabling students to spot what is working and what needs to be binned.
  • Examining effective ways into devising to maximise the portfolio
  • Understanding the structure and requirements of an effective devising process for students aiming for the highest grades

12.00 – 1.00pm: Outstanding performance in Component 2

  • What is excellent ‘performance from text’?
  • Teaching techniques that challenge and push the most able
  • Making links to Component 3 in your rehearsal room
  • What the best Component 2 work looked like in 2019 and making your students stand out in 2021
  • Texts that get results

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 3.15pm: Obtaining Grades 7-9 on the Component 3 written paper

  • Developing the strongest understanding of the page to stage process
  • Identifying and understanding question types in Section A
  • Examining strong exemplar responses to the focussed extract questions for Section A – prepare students to respond as a performer, director, and designer
  • Play context and where to include it in Section A
  • Outstanding answers to Section B – identifying traits
  • What examiners are looking for in effective evaluation of the Section B: live theatre performance question
  • What moves a student from Grade 7 to Grades 8 and 9 on the exam

3.15 – 3.30pm: Afternoon tea and informal discussion

3.30 – 4.00pm: Plenary discussion, final exam tips and depart

Ishani Thorpe

Ishani Thorpe is Head of Drama the Royal High School Bath. Ishani is an experienced Eduqas examiner in all three components. An outstanding teacher, Ishani has taught and prepared students for the Eduqas GCSE and A-level examinations for over eight years, achieving grades 7-9 year on year. In addition, Ishani is a founding member of the Band of Mothers ensemble and frequently writes, performs, and participates in theatre workshops with them.