This course is intended for all teachers of A-level Digital Photography who wish to ensure the high achievement of students in this course. By providing tried and tested teaching resources and techniques, the course aims to help teachers raise attainment in students of all abilities and experience by improving confidence, knowledge, skills and a strong understanding of what is looked for to attain top grades.


  • Learn how to structure a good, effective course
  • Take away 10 important things to do – from the start
  • Learn more on how to support your students for high performance in the Personal Investigation
  • Develop your expertise in attaining high student grades in the Component
COURSE DATE London | Wednesday 13 November 2019
  • Heads of Art, Craft & Design
  • Photography teachers
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 – 11.00am
Structuring a Good Course

  • Basic foundations
  • How to devise a successful course – Assessment Objectives and Specs
  • Meeting assessment objectives – motivating, stimulating, student centred
  • Physical workbook or digital workbook?
  • What to achieve in Year 12? Build skills and establish good practice
  • 3 lessons v 2 a week?
  • Working with external institutions – university

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.30pm
Effective Approaches to enhance student performance from the start

  • 10 important things to do – work cycle
  • Annotating contacts – how to do so, what to say
  • Layout and design of work in books – flaps, pockets, pop out pages
  • Pros and Cons of providing students with a checklist
  • Self reflection; feedback forms
  • How to manage difficult students/ get students to do more work

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Component 1: Personal Investigation

  • How to support your students in this component
  • When to start the personal project? Early summer term?
  • The Essay: strategies, how to analyse images, the do’s and don’ts
  • Ensuring students meet the assessment criteria. What briefs to build into the structure of the project – shutter speed, cyanotypes, book design, how many outcomes etc.
  • When to set deadlines to provide marking and feedback

2.30 – 3.15pm
Component 2: The exam project

  • How to begin the project – promoting good practice -mood boards, spider diagrams, finding artist references from books
  • Insuring research and analysis assessment criteria are met
  • Working towards outcomes
  • The photograph as object ppt and ideas
  • Example outcomes of student work
  • The exhibition? How to put one up? Who is it for!?

Neil Shirreff

Neil taught A-Level Photography for 8 years at Godalming College in an Art Department that consistently achieved outstanding results. He has also taught at foundation and degree level and he currently balances commercial and fine art interests with teaching A Level Photography at City and Islington Sixth Form College in London. He exhibits his personal work regularly and last year exhibited at Photo London at Somerset House.

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