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Teaching GCSE Dance Component 2 Written Paper

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This updated course is designed to help develop high quality student answers in preparation for the Component 2 written paper. The day focuses on deconstructing the paper, completing a deep dive into discursive answering, unpicking criteria and, using feedback to highlight areas of student strength and weakness, applying this to the delivery of written work. We look at how to select the most appropriate sections from the Anthology works in order to maximise achievement, as well as providing exciting ideas for embedding the necessary learning and techniques in the classroom.


  • Discover motivating ways to build strong answers for the Choreography question
  • Developing Writing frames for building strong Section B answers.
  • Find out the most useful sections of the Anthology works to concentrate on, to focus your students’ answers
  • Learn how to discuss lighting and the trickier aural settings within the Anthology.
  • Learn how to build 6 mark movement questions from across the Anthology
  • Take away some great strategies for making the 12 mark questions

Course overview: Key messages

10.00 – 10.20am
  • Feedback from the latest exam and key findings from examiners report
  • Grade boundaries: what to expect at each level

Getting to grips with Section A

10.20 – 11.20am
  • Preparing your students: where and why students struggle in this section
  • Techniques to boost student’s performance
  • Concise answering: looking at a range of possible exam style questions and how to answer

Discussion: coffee break

11.20 – 11.35am

Section B: 6 mark performance and choreography answers

11.35 – 12.45pm
  • Understanding the mark scheme and criteria to improve longer responses-
  • Ensuring the students understand the assessment objectives.
  • Methods to help students demonstrate knowledge and skills clearly and concisely.
  • Strategies to prepare your students using a writing frame

Lunch and informal discussion

12.45 – 1.45pm

Section C Anthology:

1.45 – 2.15pm
  • Selecting the most useful sections from the Anthology works for focused learning
  • Understanding how the focus sections support meaning and interpretation
  • Approaches for teaching the Dance Anthology which allow success across the ability range
  • Drawing out movement and production features

Section C: Building 6 mark movement answers

2.15 – 2.30pm
  • Selecting appropriate movement phrases to strengthen student understanding and responses
  • Methods to build and develop answers by using a writing frame.

Discussion: afternoon tea

2.30 – 2.45pm

Section C: Building 12 mark answers

2.45 – 3.45pm
  • Building strong production feature answers
  • Building strong compare and contrast answers: what the examiners are looking for and how to teach these skill
  • Looking closely at the mark schemes and addressing the feedback from recent examination series
  • Acronyms for achievement

Plenary and depart



London | Friday 18 November 2022
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London | Friday 08 February 2023
London | Friday 18 November 2022

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.


Kathy Sexton has been teaching Dance in mixed state comprehensive schools for 34 years during which time she has also been aa Head of Dance and Head of Performing Arts. She is a Specialist Leader in Education for Dance with extensive examining experience, particularly at GCSE level and a highly experienced presenter for teacher training provision by one of the major examination boards, Keynote, Arts Pool and East London Dance.


  • Heads of Dance
  • All teachers of GCSE Dance
  • PGCE Dance students and NQTs


  • 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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