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Which textbook to buy for GCSE Edexcel Drama?

Discussion in 'Drama and performing arts' started by DaisysLot, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    I would get a copy of each and pick the bits out you want to use rather than invest an awful lot of money in a class set that will date very quickly.... :)
  2. Agreed.
  3. resources4drama

    resources4drama New commenter

    But remember that Edexcel have recently said that some of their approved books don't meet the exam criteria in some respects and they are revising them.
  4. resources4drama

    resources4drama New commenter

    Meant to add the quote from Edexcel:
    "You do mention some activities from the Pearson's resources and I
    can only add

    that some of these activities are somewhat un-supportive in terms
    of the clear

    focus required - in this case, of the requirement for all Unit 2
    activities to

    connect clearly with the text. We are currently looking at ways of

    any misinformation in place here and I can only apologise (again)
    for the

    confusion that has arisen".
  5. thingwall

    thingwall New commenter

    I've seen a lot of GCSE Drama textbooks in my time and the bulk of them are usually taken up with examples of working on a text, impro and lots of design stuff. Why I keep buying them now is to avoid missing out on any particular specific exam stuff which should be provided by the Board anyway. The only one I bought a set of was Dramawise by O'Toole and Haseman (back in the 90s) which is a genuinely interesting way of teaching that level but of course not linked to any particular exam and thus sidelined nowadays.
    I think any exam board in drama at KS4 and 5 should provide any specific advice and not issue official textbooks. Mind you I think they should go back to providing free moderation days as well!
  6. That is incredibly worrying! And potentially, not just confusion has arisen but pupils' marks may have been altered as a result, affecting their overall grades! Doesn't seem quite enough to simply apologise 'for the confusion that has arisen'!
  7. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    EDEXCEL - Always apologising for something....

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