Managing the Challenges of Teaching GCSE Dance in Limited Time
ABOUT THIS COURSE
Dance teaching often has to be compressed into already busy timetables or taught in extra-curricular or fast
tracked over a year. This new course will tackle key questions about how candidates can be brought up to
GCSE level in limited time. It will provide practical advice for structuring an accelerated performance and
choreography course and will suggest priorities for preparing candidates for the written examinations.
The course will be of benefit to teachers who are already entering candidates for exams and to those who are
considering doing so.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Enhance the ability to manage the challenge of limited time for GCSE Dance.
Develop ways to plan an accelerated course.
Gain practical advice for structuring a fast track course.
Find out how to ensure your most able candidates achieve top grades in limited time.
Explore exemplar materials to identify characteristics of outstanding work.
Develop ways to prepare candidates in limited time for examinations.
Consider examiner’s reports and discuss what they are looking to see in quality responses.
Develop knowledge of what topics to prioritise and where shortcuts can be made.
Planning an accelerated course
10.00 – 11.00am
Key first steps – planning a curriculum to time constraints.
Ways to build on and use the experience and prior knowledge your candidates already have.
Establishing the key priorities, challenge points, issues and the shortcuts that can be made.
Utilising homework and assessment to aid learning time.
Using resources, materials and technology well.
Key dates and timeline.
Discussion: coffee break
11.00 – 11.15am
Performance (set phrases and duet/trio performance)
11.15 – 12.15pm
Building from day one- developing the performance skills required.
Preparing candidates for the performance moderation.
How to access the set phrases and duet/trio performance to utilise time.
Documenting the performance units.
Common errors and how to address them.
Explore performance work created during a fast tracked course.
Keeping on track and focused
12.15 – 12.30pm
How to confidently assess your candidates, give effective feedback, and ensure they remain on track.
Lunch and informal discussion
12.30 – 1.30pm
Teaching Choreography in Limited Time
Knowledge and understanding of the skills of choreography.
Exploring stimuli, making the correct decisions and building exceptional responses.
Preparing candidates for the choreography moderation.
How to access the choreography to utilise time.
Writing a programme note.
Common errors and how to address them.
Explore choreography work created during a fast tracked course
2.15 – 2.25pm
Teaching Dance appreciation in limited time
2.25 – 3.25pm
Utilising booklets for organisation and content delivery.
Drilling the short mark answers- creating simple yet effective hypothetical choreography responses.
Exploring AO3- Performance and Choreography terminology and how candidates can comment on their own experience in a succinct manner.
Describing, analysing, interpreting, evaluating- how can candidates understand the differences quickly.
Creating effective structured responses.
Exploring 12 mark extended questions- successful and less successful responses.
Pippa Fisher-Coldwell holds a diverse array of qualifications including BA (Hons), MA, AIDTA, QTS, ANATD, and RAD RTS, is a multi-faceted dance educator that has developed into an
esteemed and award winning dance teacher and Principal.
Pippa has worked in six different schools in both the state and grammar sectors as both a Head of Dance and Head of Creative Arts, in a teaching career that has
spanned over 13 years. In this time she has taught both GCSE and A-level Dance traditionally and in a time limited environment.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Heads of Dance
Teachers of GCSE Dance
Heads of Performing Arts
Heads of Sport and PE
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course