This NEW course is for teachers who deliver BTEC units in Writing for Performance, Scriptwriting and Devising Theatre. By providing successful new approaches and excellent teaching resources and techniques, the course will ensure teachers raise attainment by improving confidence in the classroom, expand student knowledge and strengthen understanding of expectations for BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts.


  • Develop a range of approaches to tackling playwriting in practical and written lessons
  • Take away feedback strategies to raise attainment for BTEC
  • Learn how to inspire creativity, so that the students can structure ideas, self-evaluate and understand the role of the dramaturg excellently
  • Understand the Administrative duties required by BTEC for successfully evidencing student progress
COURSE DATES Book in-school
  • Heads of Performing Arts
  • NQTs and those teaching the specification for the first time
  • Teachers of Pearson BTEC Performing Arts Level
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
Developing A Level written work

  • Who are our BTEC learners? How can we develop their creative thinking? How can we differentiate accordingly?
  • Developing students’ confidence in their ideas: how do professional playwrights get started?
  • Supporting lower ability students in written work: strategies that work best
  • Practical strategies to stretch and challenge the very able student
  • Ideas to take back to the classroom for inspiring creativity

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.30pm
Approaching writing for the stage

  • Key playwrights and their writing styles – innovative approaches to teaching style, genre and context
  • Practical strategies and approaches to overcoming writer’s block
  • Creative ways in for the students and ideas for scriptwriting lessons
  • Aiming for excellence: how to achieve a well-developed script

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Successful delivery, feedback and evaluation

  • Teaching writing skills to meet the BTEC assessment objectives and ensure that candidates evidence development
  • How to encourage your students to focus on underpinning their work with meaningful context
  • Making dramaturgical feedback meaningful to encourage students’ progression
  • The ‘pitch’ l Written and practical exercises for redrafting

2.30 – 2.45pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.30pm
Setting the standard and getting results

  • How to ensure students access the higher bands of the criteria
  • Breaking down an example of a candidate’s response to demonstrate the required standard
  • Teaching approaches to encourage the learner to achieve
  • How this unit links in with the standard across the BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts

3.30 – 3.45pm
Questions and evaluation

Caroline Fox

Caroline has nineteen years of experience as a teacher and lecturer in Drama and Performing Arts. She has taught both within secondary schools in the London area and currently in Further Education in the North West, where she is a course team leader for both A-Level Drama and Theatre and BTEC Performing Arts Level 3. She is highly experienced as a mentor for both teacher trainees and NQTs in Performing Arts and Drama. She has maintained an outstanding track record of lesson observations over the past fifteen years.

She is an Edexcel Examiner for A-Level Drama and Theatre. She also enjoys playwriting in her spare time and has benefited from working with the Bush Theatre, BBC Writer’s Room and more recently with Arts Council Funding alongside Theatre by Numbers.

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Performing Arts