This course is designed for all A level Dance teachers who wish to maximise their students’ marks in the written paper.  Run by an A level Examiner and Head of Dance, this course has received outstanding feedback.

Beginning with key messages from the most recent examination, the course will suggest ways of teaching the Rambert, the key challenges, the different types of questions to expect and what the examiner will be expecting to see.

This course focuses on Section A of the paper, covering the compulsory set work of Rooster (1991) as well as the corresponding compulsory area of study; Rambert Dance Company (formerly Ballet Rambert) 1966–2002.


  • Explore the AQA Component 3 feedback and reflections on the most recent written papers
  • Gain fresh approaches to teaching Rambert Dance Company 1966 – 2002 and to teaching the compulsory set work Rooster (Christopher Bruce, 1991)
  • Take away new ideas for eliciting deep understanding of the set AOS and set work.
  • Understand what is required of the questions to gain high marks
  • Develop your understanding of the assessment methods on component 2, and build confidence in your ability to accurately assess student work
  • Have the opportunity to discuss the challenges of implementing the course at your centre
COURSE DATE Online | Monday 19 April 2021
Online | Wednesday 09 June 2021
  • Heads of Performing Arts
  • Heads of Dance
  • Teachers of AQA A-level Dance
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • 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


10.00 – 10:45am: Overview of Component 2 and what is needed to succeed

  • Feedback on the most recent written papers
  • Understanding the structure and timing of the assessments, and how best to plan schemes of work around this
  • Map of the two year course and how to build up skills and concepts in a logical and linear manner

10.45 – 11.00am Morning Break

11.00 – 12.20pm: Compulsory Area of Study: Rambert

  • Understanding the teaching and assessment requirements from the specification
  • Concepts on how to choose the optional named practitioners and optional works that you cover to maximise student success
  • Timeline of the changing artistic policy, and thus stylistic features, of Rambert, and ensuring students have clear distinction between a practitioners artistic direction, compared to a practitioners movement and choreographic style
  • Fact files on Robert North and Richard Alston, and how to build student understanding between the contextual background of the practitioner and the area of study, and how this impacts their movement style, choreographic style and artistic policy
  • Student challenges in the compulsory area of study and how to overcome these
  • Teaching ideas to engage and excite students, whilst also developing A*-B skills and knowledge

12.20 – 1.20pm lunch

1.20 – 2.40pm: Compulsory Set Work of Rooster (Christopher Bruce, 1991)

  • Questions and types of questions: what skills are required?
  • Techniques to support students to gain top grade responses on the Rooster questions
  • Guided structure and resources for students to complete sectional analysis
  • How to improve the quality and detail in students description of examples
  • The importance of Rooster in relation to Christopher Bruce and Rambert
  • Incorporating practical: crossover with solo work alongside engaging revision techniques to improve student retention and understanding

2:40 – 3.40pm: Exam Technique and Marking

  • Understanding AQA exam board assessment objectives and weightings across the full a-level qualification
  • Overview of different types of smaller mark questions
  • How to approach different command words, length of student responses and common student pitfalls
  • Progressive teaching practice methods to teach the 25mark essay response
  • Understanding mark schemes and how to accurately assess student responses
  • Example responses and marking tasks with feedback

3.45 / 4.00pm: Networking, Questions and Depart

Toni Knight

Toni Knight has been teaching at a highly successful 6th Form College for 7 years, covering A-level Dance, BTEC Dance, A-level PE and BTEC Sport. For 4years, she has held the position of Head of PE, Sport and Dance, and led the department to gaining ‘National Teaching Team of the Year’ in Oct. 2019 at the Pearson National Teaching Awards hosted on the BBC. On taking on the leadership of the Dance provision, it has not only grown in size with the cohort being one of the largest in the country for A-level, but most notably the course attainment has drastically improved under her leadership; highlighted in 2019 by a 100% A*-B rate and a high ALPs grade 2 on A-level Dance with students from very mixed background. Toni has experience of examining in both Dance and PE, and has worked with several exam boards over the years.