July 2015 update

Wed Jul 15 14:52:00 UTC 2015

This month’s update includes a GCSE Drama and AS/A level Drama and Theatre 2016 update, BTEC Nationals in Performing Arts 2016 update, training events, moderator opportunities and support materials.

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This issue contains information and news on the following:

  • GCSE Drama and AS/A level Drama and Theatre 2016 update
  • BTEC Nationals in Performing Arts 2016 update
  • Current GCSE Drama and AS/A level Drama and Theatre Studies training events
  • Examiner vacancies for GCSE and A Level
  • Peter Brook teachers’ resource from the V & A
  • West Yorkshire Playhouse CPD opportunities
  • National Youth Theatre shows
  • Stagecraft event
  • Lysistrata performance
  • Gecko Theatre.

GCSE Drama and AS/A level Drama and Theatre 2016 update

Thank you to all the teachers who have participated in the recent consultations regarding the content of the new specifications for 2016.

In the past couple of weeks, we have also held online pre-launch events for the new GCSE, AS and A levels qualifications, in preparation for submitting them to Ofqual at the start of August. We will be releasing draft specifications and Sample Assessment Materials around 7 August.  I will let you know when they are available.

There will be lots of face to face launch events from September onwards. We will confirm dates and venues as soon as possible, and I will put all the information into the next newsletter.

If you have any questions about our proposals, please email me: TeachingPerformingArts@Pearson.com

BTEC Nationals in Performing Arts 2016 update

Online events

There are two free online launch events for the new BTEC Nationals in Performing Arts 2016:

  • 14 September 2015, 4pm - 6pm
  • 15 October 2015, 4pm - 6pm.

Learn more about online training events

Face to face event

There are lots of face to face events throughout the autumn term in:

  • Durham
  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • Exeter
  • London.

Book your place

Current GCSE Drama and AS/A level Drama and Theatre Studies training events

If you wish to attend training events in the autumn term for the current GCSE Drama or AS/A level Drama and Theatre Studies courses, here are the course available:

GCSE Drama

  • Controlled Assessment Marking Training for Unit 1 (Free Event)
  • Controlled Assessment Marking Training for Unit 2 (Free Event)
  • Feedback on June 2015 (Unit 3) Live Online Event
  • Preparing for Units 1 and 2 (Live Online Event)
  • Preparing for unit 3 (Live Online Event).

AS/A level Drama and Theatre Studies

  • Controlled Assessment Marking Training for Unit 3 (Free Event)
  • Preparing for Unit 3 (Live Online Event)
  • Feedback on June 2015 (Unit 4 - Lysistrata)
  • Feedback on June 2015 (Unit 4 - Woyzeck)
  • Feedback on June 2015 (Unit 2)
  • Preparing for unit 4.

Book your place

Examiner vacancies for GCSE and A Level

We currently have a number of opportunities for Drama teachers. We are keen to recruit qualified teachers across the UK who are currently teaching or recently retired. Being a visiting examiner can inspire fresh ideas and new approaches to practising your subject and will give you valuable insight into national standards.

Visiting Examiners receive full training and support throughout the marking period, as well as the opportunity to claim a Teacher Release payment for their school when attending meetings during term time.

Please see the links below for the online applications:

Performances, CPD opportunities and resources

Peter Brook teachers’ resource from the V & A

The V&A have produced a teachers’ resource about Peter Brook.

It includes a foreword by Brook himself, specially written for the resource (Brook was keen that his archive come to the V&A), plus:

  • contemporary reviews of productions
  • photos of material from Brook’s archives
  • historical context for each play including history, technology, entertainment and live theatre context from the Theatre and Performance archives.

Download the free resources.

West Yorkshire Playhouse CPD opportunities

West Yorkshire Playhouse, based in Leeds, have a production of Richard III in September and October. They are offering a range of workshops for students and CPD opportunities for teachers. Some of these can take place at your centre.

Find out more about West Yorkshire Playhouse CPD opportunities.

National Youth Theatre shows

The National Youth Theatre have a West End Season in the autumn term. There are three shows to choose from:

  • The Merchant of Venice  
    29 Sept – 2 Dec
     
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte/adapted by Stephanie Street   
    25 Sept - 4 Dec
     
  • Consensual by Evan Placey             
    18 Sept - 2 Dec

Study guides are being released for each production. Each guide will contain in-depth interviews with the creative teams, character breakdowns and suggestions of engaging classroom activities which will help you make the most of this year’s productions.

Schools and colleges are also being offered Q&A sessions to complement each show.

To register interest in a Q&A session, please contact chris.warner@theartslink.co.uk.

For bookings and school discounts, go to www.nyt.org.uk/events.

To join the school’s mailing list, email info@nyt.org.uk.

Stagecraft event

Booking is now open for TheatreCraft 2015, a free beyond the stage careers fair for anyone aged 16 – 25 looking for a non-performance career in theatre.

The event takes place on 20 November 2015 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

Find out more

Lysistrata performance

Stowe Drama Department presents: 'Lysistrata, or Loose Strife’, a modern version by David Stuttard after Aristophanes, on Thurs 26, Fri 27 and Sat 28 November at 8 pm. There is a special schools matinee on Fri 27 November at 2.15 pm.

Stowe is a large public school in N.Bucks. Three miles away from the Silverstone Race Track off the A43, mid way between Northampton and Oxford.

Nick Bayley, Director of Drama at Stowe says he would be delighted to welcome any 'local' centres who might be studying the play to come along for free to see it in performance.

Please contact Nick for more details: nbayley@stowe.co.uk

Gecko Theatre

Gecko are an internationally acclaimed physical theatre company based in Ipswich. They offer high-quality workshops and residencies for schools, improving participants’ physical, social and creative confidence, enhancing key performance and devising skills and expanding imagination.

Their workshops are suitable for students at GCSE, BTEC and A Level. You can find out more at: www.geckotheatre.com.

I hope that you've found this update useful.

Best wishes,

Paul

Paul Webster, Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts subject advisor
Paul WebsterDrama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts
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