The most important Key Terms for GCSE Drama?

I have been researching into the different Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications recently. In particular, the different Key Terminology that they state students need to know or should know. I’m currently working on a study of the impact of those key terms on the delivery of the specifications, how students use them and their importance in the ultimate success of a Drama student at … Continue reading The most important Key Terms for GCSE Drama?

Knowledge Based Curriculum: Finding the balance

Returning to the idea finding a balance within the curriculum, I think that there needs to be a balance between knowledge and skills and I think that my previous schemes of work have probably been too focused on skills. There is no doubt in my mind that with the content requirements of the new GCSEs being so high, an increased knowledge of key terminology, concepts and … Continue reading Knowledge Based Curriculum: Finding the balance

Knowledge Based Curriculum and Drama: Moving with the times.

Just writing the phrase “Knowledge Based Curriculum” sends shivers of fear and anger through my spine. To think that we have moved into a world where knowledge over skills is the key to creating policy and curriculum is a hideous testament to how far we have come on this journey of reform. A curriculum which is based on how much a student has learnt. These … Continue reading Knowledge Based Curriculum and Drama: Moving with the times.

Changing Levels: Making KS3 Assessment 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

Changing Levels: Key Stage 3 Assessment Overview

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