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Brilliant Teaching in CGSE Dance

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This revised GCSE Dance course is designed for all teachers who are looking to create a firstrate teaching and learning education in GCSE Dance for all their students. The course focuses on high quality teaching approaches, methods, resources, and techniques to help teachers raise attainment in students of all abilities by improving student confidence, knowledge and a stronger understanding of what examiners are looking for. The course includes stretch and challenge approaches for high attaining students, as well as a range of approaches for special educational needs students. Emphasis will also be on ways to plan and structure your 2 year course and schemes of work to embed the essentials of assessment, retrieval and recall, to make for excellent knowledge, skills and understanding in students.


  • Professional Learning – how  to create a first-rate, excellent teaching and learning education in GCSE Dance
  • Take away approaches and methods to develop the breadth and depth of student knowledge, understanding and skills
  • Develop a dance super-curriculum which goes well beyond GCSE
  • Find out more about how to match tasks effectively to students ability levels
  • Take away techniques and approaches to ensure your top level students achieve 8 – 9
  • Explore assessment grids, question demands and mark schemes in depth


What is Brilliant Teaching in GCSE Dance?

10.00 – 11.00am
  • What do we mean by brilliant teaching in GCSE Dance? What do our students expect, want and need?
  • What makes outstanding critical appreciation teaching in Dance and why?
  • Exploring the theory behind a creative, imaginative, and stimulating classroom environment
  • Develop a range of approaches to tackling key areas of GCSE Dance
  • Taking balanced risks, extending boundaries – combing creative, imaginative, motivational teaching which inspires learning

  • Discussion: coffee break

    11.00– 11.15am

Challenging Our Most Able Dancers

10.30 – 11.30pm
  • Who are our most able dance students?
  • How are Grades 8 – 9 achieved?
  • What are the common barriers for achieving Grades 8 – 9 for GCSE dance students in components 1 and 2?
  • Going above and beyond to inspire outstanding learning in dance with all students

Tackling the Areas that Weaker Students Struggle with

12.00 – 1.00pm
  • Where do students struggle according to the exam board and what can we do about it?
  • Creating the right environment to encourage, motivate and stimulate unmotivated or reluctant learners
  • Approaches to encourage dance students to produce high level written work Rigorously evaluating learning and teaching approaches and techniques to enable robust improvement and progress
  • Effective feedback for the weaker student – using the assessment grids: encouraging great work with our students

Lunch and informal discussion

1.00 – 2.00pm

Tackling the Written Paper: Techniques and Tactics

2.00 – 3.00pm
  • What are examiners expecting to see in a top grade student?
  • Creative and motivational teaching approaches and methods for the toughest topics and questions eg aural setting, choreographic, and comparison questions
  • Analysing and evaluating in detail a range of 6 and 12 marker responses
  • Learning and techniques to develop the skills to plan and build a good, written response

Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.10pm

High Expectations: Going Above and Beyond GCSE Dance

3.10 – 3.40pm
  • Developing the breadth and depth of the GCSE dance curriculum to enhance students horizons, develop their dance curiosity
  • The super-curriculum in dance – stimulate, motivate and create opportunities for your students to extend their dance understanding, skills, landscape, understanding of practitioners
  • Ensuring expert teacher subject dance knowledge to promote deep knowledge, understanding and high level skills across the dance curriculum




London | Friday 24 November 2023
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London | Thursday 01 February 2024
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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.


Louise Judd has been teaching and performing within the Arts for over 20 years. A wealth of practical knowledge and experience from teaching LAMDA Drama, ISTD Dance genres and BG gymnastics. Head of Dance in her third state school for the past 13 years teaching and managing a department of GCSE, BTEC and A-level Dance students. On developing the department saw a rise in cohort numbers, a noticeable raise in attainment and students dramatically improved outcomes with 100% pass rate.


  • GCSE Dance Teachers
  • Heads of Dance
  • Head of Performing Arts


  • 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

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