This is an updated course which responds to the latest GCSE Art and Design Photography requirements. It provides up to date feedback on 2019 Exam series, key strategies for Grades 7 to 9 and the higher mark bands and clarification on what is needed within Photography students’ outcomes. Workshops and strategies put you ‘in the shoes of your students’ and provide comprehensive learning strategies in drawing, annotation, technical skill with ‘camera craft’ and creative & personal investigations for successful GCSE Photography components.


  • Hit exam board requirements for reaching grades 7 to 9 with all your students’ work
  • ‘Off the shelf’ workshop and learning activities
  • Teach your students essential ‘camera craft’
  • Focus on ‘Drawing’ in Photography for different roles and purposes
  • Embed annotation into all areas of students’ work
  • Build exciting and inspirational schemes of work for your photography students
COURSE DATES London | Monday 06 December 2021

London | Tuesday 01 February 2022

  • All teachers of GCSE Art & Design – Photography
  • Heads of department
  • NQT’s and unqualified 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: Key messages from the GCSE Photography 2019 Exam Results

  • Examination board ‘must haves’ – Key elements to level 7 to 9 GCSE Photography
  • The right approach to the Component 1 Portfolio for your students
  • The Assessment Criteria – targeted level 7 to 9 learning strategies in Photography
  • The mark schemes and what they really mean!

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.30pm: Technical Vs Aesthetic considerations in level 7 to 9 Photography – Workshops & Activities

  • Aperture override – building confidence with camera control
  • Using shutter speed creatively
  • Working on ‘manual’ – the fun
  • Importance of recording to raise attainment

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm: High level ‘Drawing’ in Photography – Workshops & Activities

  • Drawing to plan, record, consider
  • Drawing to compose, select, examine
  • Drawing with light
  • After the shot!

2.30 – 2.45pm: Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.45pm: Annotation – which drives and supports level 7 to 9 student outcomes – Workshops and Activities

  • Ensure students’ work is independent, personal and avoids ‘spoon feeding’!
  • When to look at additional sources and maximise students’ ability to reflect, review and refine their work as it progresses
  • Embedding insightful annotation quickly and meaningfully and embracing whole school literacy strategies

Mark Coombe

Mark Coombe is an experienced Art & Design teacher of 25 years who has taught all areas of Art & Design. He is renowned as a CPD leader, trainer and presenter across all disciplines of Art & Design. He is a practising artist, in particular in animal portraiture – livestock & rare breeds – and his current portfolio is supplying The National Trust in Norfolk, Suffolk and other regions.