Research Project: Establishing a link between GCSE Drama and achievement in GCSE English

The purpose of this piece of research is to establish a connection between taking GCSE Drama and achieving higher grades in GCSE English.

As part of GCSE Drama students build, develop and practice a set of skills on the interrogation of plays. Students examine plot, themes and characters. They explore the characters motivations, interpretations and relationships. They study the contexts, histories and backstories of the character. Students consider the use of language, structure and themes the author has chosen to use. Students then form their own personal response to the characters, plot and themes.

This skill set is the same as ones required of students in the GCSE English Curriculum. As such, I hypothesize that those students who take GCSE Drama will achieve a better grade at GCSE English when compared to students who don’t.

Students who take both subjects will use these skills more often those those who don’t. This group will be more familiar with them. These students should find it easier to adapt these skills to different texts.

To look a little bit further into this link I need 4 pieces of data from schools.

  1. The average grade for students who took both GCSE Drama and GCSE English Literature.
  2. The average grade for students who took GCSE English Literature without GCSE Drama.
  3. The average grade for students who took both GCSE Drama and GCSE English Language.
  4. The average grade for students who took GCSE English Language without GCSE Drama.

Most schools will produce their results in a spreadsheet. On that spreadsheet you should be able to use the sort and filter functions to select the right students and calculate the average grade from.

All data you submit will be made anonymously and confidential. The data you submit will be added to other data. There will be no way of tracing or connecting the data you submit to your school or educational setting.

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