World Class Arena Limited (WCAL) worked for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (Central) and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) to create a Business Plan for the design and launch of a new, school-based Drama Award for secondary school students.
The Business Plan includes proposals for the creation of a new Royal Schools of Drama, with the mission to place drama and communication at the heart of education, supporting the development of students’ confidence and resilience by offering opportunities to develop a range of core skills and drama-related competencies:
reading another person;
physical movement, poise and confidence;
language and presentation of ideas;
command in communication and conveying ideas;
The Business Plan focused on the initial objective of developing a qualification in drama, the RSD Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. These awards will be available to all, but initially will be targeted to schools with students in key stage 4, 6th forms, colleges and youth theatre groups. The Business Plan also assessed wider and longer-term business opportunities for the award.
The RSD Bronze Award
The Bronze Award will be designed with Years 10-11 students in mind, though will be available regardless of age. A distinctive feature of the Bronze award is that the assessment of candidates’ performances will be completed by their own teachers and tutors, who will be trained and accredited by Royal Schools of Drama.
The RSD Silver Award
The Silver Award will be targeted as a qualification of interest to 6th forms, as well as youth theatres and will be designed to support headteachers and heads of 6th form concerned to build the resilience, confidence and communication skills of 16-17 year olds in lower 6th form.
The RSD Gold Award
The Gold Award will focus on 17-18 year-old students, though will be available to students involved in drama at any ages. The rigour of the Gold Award will be supported through a final assessment for students during which their performances will be assessed by external, trained RSD Assessors.