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October 2022 Drama update

20 October 2022

Dear colleagues,

I hope that the autumn term is going well so far and that half term will provide some time to reflect and refresh.
Here is your mid October 2022 update with all the latest news for GCSE and A level Drama teachers.

In this update you will find:

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Key dates

information for all three components, including the written examinations for Component 3

November and December 2022 Centres submit survey for Component 2 
30 January - 31st March 2023 Component 2 assessment window
31 January 2023


Performance texts and live theatre statement (and practitioners - A level only) submission deadline 


21 February 2023 Exam entry deadline (UK centres)
21 March 2023 Exam entry deadline (international centres)
15 April - 15 May 2023 Component 1 samples submitted for moderation
15 May, afternoon GCSE Drama
1DR0 03 
Component 3: Theatre Makers In Practice
1hr 45mins
7 June, afternoon A Level Drama and Theatre
9DR0 03
Component 3: Theatre Makers In Practice
2hrs 30mins

Admin Support Guides and forms

The Administrative Support Guides for GCSE Drama and A level Drama and Theatre are now available for this academic year, including information on:

  • key dates
  • administrative guidance for all three Components
  • guidance on using Learner Work Transfer (LWT) platform for Components 1 and 2
  • support on how to contact us 

We have also provided new, clearer (and fewer) forms for Components 1 and 2 for this year to cut back on admin burden.

Mast Mayflower Studios Illuminate Drama Theatre Conference

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Drama Teacher Conference 

There is a Drama Teacher Conference happening on Friday 13 January 2023, 10am – 6pm at the Mast Mayflower Studios in Southampton.

It's an actual face to face event! A full day of inspiring workshops, featuring exciting opportunities to meet and talk with theatre education specialists, industry professionals and curriculum experts.

Including renowned physical theatre company Frantic Assembly, top devising specialist Kerry Frampton from Splendid Productions and covering topics such as practical approaches to set design with professional theatre designer and We Teach DramaVerbatim Theatre with Mark Wheeller, demystifying audition technique with the Federation of Drama Schools, and I will be there too, alongside other exam board advisors.

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Pearson Student Diversity Ambassador Programme

The Pearson Student Diversity Ambassador Programme provides a diverse group of young people with the opportunity to have their voices heard and work together with Pearson to help shape the future of education. The programme is designed to help Student Ambassadors develop their skills and actively prepare for their careers and futures beyond the classroom.

To find out more information on how you can become a partner school and enrol some of your students as ambassadors, please fill in the form below on our website.

Training and support

We have free online traning events for Components 1 and 2 of GCSE and A level Drama taking place this autumn term.

You can find the dates and details below

Training Page

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GCSE Drama Start The Year network event 

Here is a recording of the GCSE Drama 'Start The Year' Network event held in September and led by your Subject Advisor.

It includes feedback on the 21/22 academic year, news and information about the 22/23 academic year, guidance on resources and a Q and A.

Start The Year event recording

Support and contact

Please feel free to get in touch, if you require any help or support in your delivery. You can access contact details from the contact card below.



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