We are aware that a petition is circulating suggesting that the new GCSE drama course contains more written elements than practical elements and calls on others to object;
We want GCSE Drama to contain more practical elements than written.i
I would like to reassure those that have initiated and signed the petition that assessment will be based mainly on practical elements.
We will be publishing final Conditions and Guidance documents and an analysis of the responses we received to our technical consultation soon. But in brief, GCSE drama will be structured as follows:
40% assessment by written examination
60% non-exam assessment
The 60% non-exam assessment marks are made up as follows:
- 20% for marks to assess the creation and development of ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical performance;
- 30% for marks used to apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance; and
- 10% for the analysis and evaluation of students' own work.
Therefore 60% of the marks will be used to assess practical elements of the course.
I hope that offers some reassurance to those who have been moved to petition.
Director of Strategic Relationships, General Qualifications