GCSE Art & Design – Boosting the Grades of Lower Ability Students


GCSE Art & Design – Boosting the Grades of Lower Ability Students


London | Tuesday 12 July 2022

London | Tuesday 15 November 2022



This new practically based course is aimed for all teachers of GCSE Art & Design looking to increase their practical approaches, ideas and techniques to boost the grades of lower ability students.  The will focus on ways to develop the weaker student, how to motivate reluctant learners, and ways to stimulate and develop creative ideas appropriate for them.  It will also demonstrate how  to avoid common pitfalls and break through barriers instigated by reluctant learners.

There will also be focus on these common issues amongst lower ability students – many Art & Design students  are unable or unwilling to get started from starting points, jump from one unrelated idea to the next, expect  the teacher to make choices about the direction of their work with little intention of their own, selecting creative ideas beyond their strengths, lacking skill with the correct way to use drawing for a role or a purpose, and see annotation as an area of failure before they even begin their work!


  • Unpick exam board requirements for reaching level 5 or above
  • Gain ideas, approaches in workshops to tweak & apply the following day in your classroom
  • Focus on teaching strategies which will ‘turn on’ and motivate reluctant learners
  • Take away methods to build student confidence when drawing and annotating
  • Find out successful ways to use emulation as a starting point for students’ practical work
  • Understand what a lower ability student must do to maximise their use of the 10 hours supervised time for The Externally Set Assignment.
  • You must have an A5 or bigger sketchbook and drawing materials to work with on the day.

COURSE DATE London | Tuesday 12 July 2022

London | Tuesday 15 November 2022

  • Heads of Department
  • All teachers of GCSE Art & Design – Fine Art, Graphics, Textiles, 3D & Photography
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

Additional information




Art & Design

Key Stage

A Level, GCSE, Key Stage 3

Job Title

Deputy Headteacher, Head of Department, Subject Teacher, CPD Coordinator


Leadership & Management