Boosting the Grades of Lower Ability Students in GCSE Photography


Boosting the Grades of Lower Ability Students in GCSE Photography


London | Wednesday 06 July 2022

London | Monday 14 November 2022



This new practically based course is aimed for all teachers of Photography looking to increase their practical approaches, ideas and techniques to boost the grades of lower ability students. We will focus on ways to develop the weaker student, how to motivate reluctant learners to get to grips with camera craft, and ways to stimulate and develop creative ideas beyond emulation. Starting points will be the work of others, drawing and insightful annotation. I will also demonstrate how to avoid common pitfalls and break through misconceptions about digital image manipulation.

There will also be focus on these common issues amongst lower ability students – many Photography students are unable or unwilling to master basic camera skills and techniques, they jump from one unrelated idea to the next, get easily seduced by after the shot processes using Photoshop, expect the teacher to make choices about the direction of their work with little intention of their own, selecting photographic 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 bring a digital SLR camera or bridge camera on the day
COURSE DATES London | Wednesday 06 July 2022

London | Monday 14 November 2022

  • Heads of Department
  • All teachers of GCSE Photography both experienced and non specialists.
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
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


Additional information




Art & Design

Key Stage


Job Title

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