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Teaching The Theory for the First Time in GCSE Dance

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This course, NEW for Autumn 2023 is designed for all teachers of GCSE Dance who are new to, or in their first years of teaching GCSE Dance Component 2 theory and all PE teachers who find themselves teaching GCSE Dance. The course will support teachers who, whilst feeling confident delivering the C1 practical components, are looking for creative, effective approaches to teaching C2 appreciation content. Teachers will take away a range of creative approaches, techniques strategies for teaching Component 2 to raise attainment in students of all abilities, including ways to support the weaker GCSE Dance student and challenge more able students. The course will also examine recent feedback on GCSE Dance C2, the assessment criteria, and consider how best to enthuse and motivate students to develop a love for critical appreciation in their Dance learning.


  • Gain a range of creative and imaginative C2 teaching strategies to maximise the potential of all students
  • Gain specific techniques to support the weaker student sand specific techniques to support able students to access the high marks
  • Take away proven methods and techniques to enable all students to critical appreciate dance successfully
  • Take away expertise on how students can gain high marks in the theory paper
  • Deepen your understanding of assessment criteria to inform your teaching l Find out more about what the examiner is looking to see in the exam paper


What Do We Mean By Excellent Theory Teaching in GCSE Dance?

10.00 – 10.40am
  • Teaching GCSE Dance theory – the challenges and opportunities
  • Ensuring our students become better dancers through creative theory learning
  • Developing creative and imaginative teaching which gives breadth and depth to students’ horizons and expands their learning

  • Discussion: coffee break

    10.45– 11.00am

Exploring How Students Engage with GCSE Dance Theory

11.00 – 11.45am
  • How do students see dance theory? What are the barriers to learning in dance theory?
  • Methods and approaches to stimulate learning excitement in dance theory with your students
  • How might we create a coherent dance theory journey over the two years?
  • What are the key subject knowledge factors that we need to brush up on as teachers to engage fully in dance theory learning and teaching?

Developing a Range of Approaches, Techniques and Practical Strategies

11.45 – 1.00pm
  • Introducing and establishing motivating and engaging pedagogical methods and approaches for teaching the theory content of each section of the written paper
  • Exploring assessment and feedback strategies to ensure rapid progress in learning
  • Integrating differentiation from the start
  • Ways to integrate dance theory with C1 performance and choreography

Lunch and informal discussion

1.00 – 2.00pm

Taking Risks and Extending Boundaries in Your Dance Theory Teaching

2.00 – 2.50pm
  • 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 l Learning and techniques to develop the skills to plan and build a good, written response

Discussion: afternoon tea

2.50 – 3.00pm

The Written Examination: Tackling the Questions

3.00 – 3.40pm
  • Introducing excellent study habits and skills l Introduction to ways to prepare students for examination
  • Exploring the different types of questions across the exam papers
  • Extracting the correct Information from the question – command words, terminology l Applying the knowledge appropriately to the correct question




London | Thursday 07 December 2023

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London | Thursday 07 December 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.


Kathryn Sexton is a highly experienced presenter, practitioner and teacher who advises and supports teachers in raising achievement in Dance. With many years’ examining experience, Kathryn can provide the perfect solutions.


  • Teaching in their first years of teaching GCSE Dance
  • Teachers new to GCSE Dance theory Component 2
  • PE teachers who find themselves teaching GCSE Dance
  • Head of Dance


  • 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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