This intensive course is designed for all teachers of A-level Dance and focuses on strategies and techniques to help students reach the very highest grades. Together we will look at the skills that students need to attain high grades in A level Dance, as well as providing new ideas and practical strategies to challenge and extend learners, and in particular your top end Dance students.

We will also interrogate the examiner’s reports, look at samples of students’ work, with emphasises on practical approaches to get the best results for students of high ability.


  • Develop greater understanding of what examiners are looking for in Grade A/A* students
  • Consider strategies to support students in attaining A/A* in examinations and NEA work
  • Develop your teaching keeping a clear focus on the exam
  • Take away approaches to challenge all learners and particularly those at the top end
  • Opportunity to be in the position of the learner and utilise innovative ideas
COURSE DATES London | Friday 03 July 2020
* Please note, this course will be held online on the designated date if it’s not possible to run in venues.
  • Teachers of A level Dance
  • Heads of Department
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 – 10.30am
Feedback on Summer 2019

  • Feedback: what went well? What did examiners look for?
  • Integrating this into your teaching: ideas and example answers to demonstrate the standard and ensure A/A* students are working to the right level

10:30– 11.30am
Performance at A* level

  • What makes an excellent solo performance? Reviewing mark schemes to see what students should be aiming at
  • Teaching the skills for solo and group performance for A*
  • Group performance – how to ensure high marks for your top performers
  • How to support students in accessing the high grades: strategies to get students performing at a high level throughout the A-level

11.30 – 11.45am
Coffee break and informal discussion

11.45 – 12.45pm
Choreography for the highest level marks

  • What students need to demonstrate to examiners to reach the highest mark bands
  • What equates to excellent choreography and how to make sure students are exam ready
  • Strategies for using the theoretical knowledge to produce A* level practical work

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.45pm
Critical Engagement

  • Review the 2019 exams to examine what skills and responses received the highest marks
  • Opportunities and challenges of Critical Engagement– working and answering in depth and to an appropriate level
  • A* ideas in all of the compulsory elements – what your students should be aware of and researching to boost responses

2.45 – 3.30pm
Preparing for the written exam

  • Embedding the techniques from the start of Year 12: how to ensure high level thinking and exam technique are embedded throughout the A-level
  • Understanding how papers are marked – applying the criteria to ensure success
  • Helping learners to interpret questions, produce concise answers and achieve high grades
  • Different questions – common mistakes and strategies for improvement

3.30 -3.45pm
Plenary and action plans following today

  • Ask questions and devise a teaching plan for use after today’s session

Jason Bradley

Jason Bradley trained as a professional dancer at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance before becoming the senior dancer/teacher at Ludus Dance company. In the last 19 years he has been teaching GCSE and A Level Dance with a great deal of success. In that time he has built up a bank of resources which have been honed over time to provide excellent provision for students and teachers. Whilst Ofsted no longer grade observations in the period where they did, Jason continually received outstanding grade 1’s on each visit he took part in. He is passionate about teaching and passionate about sharing skills and good practice.