In many respects, the freedom of not being on the National Curriculum allows Heads of Drama to create a bespoke Key Stage 3 curriculum that caters for both the cohort and the expectations of the curriculum with regards to what syllabus the students do for Key Stage 4 and their likely outcomes. Continue reading The secret to a great Key Stage 3 Drama Curriculum
Start by looking through the assessment criteria and looking at the type of language that it is using to describe the differences between the different bands. Continue reading Improving Written Work
Yesterday I wrote a post about how I intend to change Key Stage 3 Assessment to using a Graded system of 1 – 9. I have decided to go back to the Drama in Schools document published in 2003 by the Arts Council and build this new assessment system around the model of Make, Perform and Respond (MPR). I’ve broken MPR down in 6 different … Continue reading Changing Levels: Making KS3 Assessment Work
I wrote a post a few months ago about the change to no longer using levels and the fact that, as Drama didn’t actually have any officially recognised levels anyway, we should be in a position to lead the way on the change to levels. Over the last few months I’ve been developing and creating a method of assessment using the idea of a system of … Continue reading Changing Levels: Key Stage 3 Assessment Overview
Completed some awesome CPD a few weeks ago run by some colleagues at my school on extended writing. I am conscious of the fact that in most A Level Drama courses there are written exams which require extended writing. I’m with Edexcel A Level Drama and Theatre Studies at the moment, and in Unit 4 the students are required to write two 30 mark essays. … Continue reading 6 Ways to improve extended writing
Evidencing progress during the rehearsal stages of a project can be difficult. Evidencing it in books can be even harder. Here are two ways of helping this process. The first is linking the assessment criteria to the notes that you take as a teacher. The second is post-it note feedback. Continue reading How to use Post-It Note Feedback to improve, record and track verbal feedback.