This course is designed for teachers who are new to teaching A-Level Dance, or who wish to improve their understanding to enable their students to achieve higher grades. The sessions are designed to improve delegates’ understanding of the Dance specification and ensure that candidates have the best opportunity to maximise their potential grades. Delegates will receive new teaching approaches as well as key guidance in how to develop exceptional examination and NEA techniques in A-Level Dance to maximise students’ success when delivering the course for the first time.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Gain an excellent understanding of the complexities of the A-Level Dance specification
Gain insight into the content, the exam structure and the how exams are marked.
Understanding of how to differentiate using scaffold and stretch strategies for essay writing
Understand the exams, mark schemes, standards and what examiners and moderators will be looking for.
Examples of A-Level questions; how to prepare students to get the best possible marks
Find out more about the best ways to transition the gap between gap between GCSE and A-Level Dance
The Specification in depth
10.00 – 10.45am
An overview – what’s involved in the course – Performance/Choreography/Critical Engagement
Making successful the transition from GCSE to A-Level
The challenges and what to expect from students
Structuring a flexible course that allows you to respond to students’ needs
Understanding the assessment criteria
Explore the key challenges of delivery and ways to structure your teaching to give time to the most demanding sections
10.45 – 11.00am
Teaching Component 1: Performance (solo and quartet)
11.00 – 11.45am
Preparing for success in Component 1, practical approaches and methods to teaching dance technique
How to effectively introduce the technique and stylistic features of Rambert practitioners
Improving feedback to students using the marking criteria.
Exemplar solo and quartet work, with a focus on understanding the grading and giving feedback
Claire Noonan is an experienced Head of Dance, and has been teaching GCSE and A-Level Dance for over twenty years. GCSE Results for 2022 for her students were 39% grades 8 – 9, 50% grades 7 – 9 and 100% grades 5 – 9. Progress 8 score 1.45. At A Level her students attained 35% A*, 64% A*/A grades and 100 A* – C grades. She continually receives outstanding grade 1s on lesson observations.
She is a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) and has improved the quality of dance provision in a number of schools. She also has a wealth of experience in working with a range of professionals to ensure her students feel inspired for dance theory and prepared for their future dance training.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Teacher new to A-Level Dance
Teachers in their first three years of teaching A-Level Dance
Heads of Dance
Heads of Performing Arts
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course