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Brilliant Teaching in AQA GCSE Art & Design

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This new course is intended for all teachers who wish to ensure the high achievement of students in GCSE Art & Design. The course focuses on excellent teaching approaches, methods, resources, and techniques to help teachers raise attainments in students of all abilities by improving student confidence, knowledge and a stronger understanding of what examiners are looking for.


  • Develop a range of approaches to tackling the key areas of GCSE Art & Design
  • Understand how to set an engaging and motivating classroom
  • Understand effective differentiation to challenge and extend all students specific to their potential
  • Take away AFL techniques, feedback and marking strategies to raise attainment
  • Explore exciting schemes of learning that will develop all students as artists
  • Find out more about the challenges and opportunities of AQA GCSE Art & Design
  • Explore exemplar materials to identify characteristics of outstanding work


What is ‘Brilliant’ GCSE Art & Design teaching

10.00 – 10.40am
  • What do we mean by brilliant teaching in GCSE Art & Design? What do our students expect, want and need?
  • What makes an outstanding GCSE Art & Design teacher and why?
  • Exploring the theory behind an ‘active’ classroom environment
  • Develop a range of approaches to tackling key areas of GCSE Art & Design


10.40 – 11.00am

The Key Challenges and Opportunities in GCSE Art & Design teaching

11.00 – 12.00pm
  • How can we ensure all students become better artists through studying this specification?
  • How might we create a coherent Art & Design journey for our students over two years?
  • How do we develop our GCSE class into a powerful artistic community?
  • What subject knowledge do we need to brush up on as teachers to teach this specification?
  • Putting together a plan to teach the toughest topics and skills


12.00 – 1.00pm

Developing Drawing and Development Skills – Practical Session

1.00 – 2.00pm
  • Approaches to developing students’ skills in drawing as process, practice and purpose
  • Organising and presenting work effectively
  • Successful approaches to constructing a portfolio with drawing in its various forms at its basis
  • How to get students to push ideas with originality and innovation in their practice

Putting the WOW factor into Teaching GCSE Art & Design

2.00 – 3.00pm
  • Practical approaches to putting the ‘wow’ factor into GCSE Art & Design lessons
  • How we can help students to engage fully and take creative risks in their work
  • How to get students to demonstrate that they have used artists to develop their intentions, and experimented with a purpose
  • How to get students looking forward to using visual & written language critically as appropriate to their own creative intentions


3.00 – 3.05pm

Strategies to Stretch & Challenge Top End Students

3.05 – 3.35pm
  • Review characteristics of Grade 7-9 AQA GCSE Art & Design students
  • What the highest achieving students can do
  • What does a grade 7-9 student do differently to other students?
  • What are the main reasons why a student may fail to gain a 7-9 grading?
  • What is the best pedagogical culture to have in your Art department for success
  • Ways to boost students from a grade 5-6 to a 7-9


London | Tuesday 04 July 2023
London | Tuesday 28 November 2023

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London | Tuesday 04 July 2023
London | Tuesday 28 November 2023

This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Dr Helen Jones was a Director of Teaching and Learning in Art with 12 years teaching experience. She now lectures at the University of Chester working with Art PGCE Students, and leading national CPD in the visual Arts. She has been an AQA A level and GCSE Art & Design moderator for the past 5 years.

Helen completed an MA in Art Education and then completed a Doctorate in the subject. She has been assessed as an outstanding teacher by OfSTED, achieved record residuals at both GCSE and A level and delivered at a number of Art Education conferences. She has taught art primarily in Secondary schools in the UK, but also in Finland, Italy and Spain.


  • Teachers of AQA GCSE Art & Design
  • Heads of Art & Design
  • Heads of Creative Arts


  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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