This course will provide outstanding workshops for all teachers of the new A-level Art & Design course & what ‘must haves’ should form part of The Personal Investigation.

It will clarify the similarities and differences between the examination board’s expectations and specification requirements for the new A level Components and focus on strategies for students to develop their written element with confidence.

The course has many inspiring workshop strategies putting you in the ‘shoes of your students’ which will enable students of all abilities to make more than their expected progress, including those of exceptional ability, by annotation, continuous prose and independent learning strategies in their work.

This ‘hands on’ course provides students with the opportunities, confidence and ‘permission’ to make personal and meaningful responses with skill, technique, knowledge and understanding embedded into every activity.

A perfect course for NQTs, experienced teachers looking to ensure their teaching maximise student’s marks and grades and non-specialist teaching A-level Art & Design for the first time.


  • Provide workshops exploring practical and written approaches to the study the work of artists, designers, photographers and craftspeople within the new Personal Investigation
  • Enable students who find the written word difficult to become successful and inspired
  • Put you in the ‘shoes of your students’ with wealth of key learning strategies
  • Aim for high grades using annotation and continuous prose
  • Unravel the new top mark band expectations from exam boards
  • Provide intervention strategies to ensure success with the Component 2 Externally Set Assignment/Task
COURSE DATE London | Tuesday 03 March 2020
  • A perfect course for NQTs, experience teachers looking to ensure their maximises student’s marks and grades and non-specialists teaching Art and Design for the first time.
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 11.15am
Component 1 Personal Investigation – Developing new ideas – getting your students engaged, excited and started!

  • What the examination board says about best practice
  • Understanding and interpreting the new Assessment Objectives – highlighting misunderstandings that cost marks
  • Understanding Assessment Objective 1
  • Practical Workshop – Triggers – Quick, meaningful and personal responses that lead to excellent Art and Design work

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.30pm
Workshop – The written element

  • Understand Assessment Objective 3
  • How to use annotation thoughtfully & meaningfully
  • Strategies for organising thoughts and expanding ideas with key concepts
  • Constructing continuous prose in an insightful and personal manner

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Workshop – Fusing learning evidence: connecting the practical and the written tasks

  • Understanding Assessment Objective 2
  • Contextual references and ‘Launch Pads’. Ideas for what to teach in the classroom
  • How to expand student thinking and improve grades with The Personal Investigation and the exam units
  • Ways to relate written and practical work

2.30 – 2.45pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.30pm
Ensuring High Quality Personal Responses

  • Understanding Assessment Objective 4
  • Workshop – How to form links between a variety of sources
  • How to expand student thinking and improve grades with relevant and appropriate Personal Responses
  • Making Personal Responses meaningful: approaches to ensure students link their views with excellent techniques and styles
  • Planning – Key Learning Strategies for the Successful Art & Design student

3.30 – 3.45pm
Planning – Key Learning Strategies for the Successful Art & Design student Plenary – Hints and tips