This new course aims to support teachers in maximising their results for students of high ability. By looking at the 2018 Examiner’s Report and exploring tried and tested teaching techniques, delegates will develop confidence in their ability to support high ability learners and boost the grades of students on the 6-7 borderline and those looking to achieve the very highest grades of 8 and 9 in GCSE Dance. The day aims to drill down into the ‘nitty gritty’ of teaching the skills needed to succeed in Component 1 with a close look at standards, with examples, and practical demonstration of difference between the levels awarded in 2018.


  • Take away strategies and resources that create high level thinking and performing skills
  • Gain insight into what moderators are looking for at the highest grades
  • Develop confidence in providing feedback that increases progress for students aiming to achieve Grades 7 to 9
  • Take away ideas for tracking and ensuring C1 progress from the start of Year 10
COURSE DATE London Thursday 27 June 2019
  • All teachers of GCSE Dance
  • Heads of Department for Dance
  • Heads of Performing Arts
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 – 11.30am
NEA: Performance in Duo and Trio for Grades 7 – 9

Examples of student work will be shown in this session

  • Teaching physical, technical and expressive skills: ensuring that high ability students improve performance skills during the rehearsal process
  • Approaches to tackling the duo/trio – what the 2018 Examiner Report says and what that means in practice for the top end
  • Effectively utilising the levels based approach to teaching and marking the performance piece
  • Reviewing the depth of response required for levels 7 – 9
  • Integrating performance & appreciation – how combining these creates high performance work

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 12.45pm
Successful Choreography for the highest NEA grades

Examples of student work will be shown in this session

  • Utilising the information from the 2018 Examiner Report to improve performance of the most able
  • Teaching deeper student responses to given stimuli – how to approach these for maximum marks
  • Using the mark scheme to achieve top band responses
  • Teaching approaches for developing high level choreographic skills throughout the course
  • Teaching advanced use of structure, choreographic devices and accompaniment to ensure students can achieve grades 7 to 9
  • Maximising marks through the Programme Note – making every word count

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.30pm
NEA Set Phrases – making sure your students achieve grades 7 to 9

  • Fresh approaches to allow students to deliver a sophisticated performance of the choreographic style of the phrases
  • Strategies and methods to develop students’ ability to incorporate mental, physical, expressive and technical skills at the highest level into their performances
  • Responding to the 2018 Examiner Report on the set phrases to stretch and challenge top students
  • Ensuring quality of filming benefits your students

2.30 – 2.40pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.40 – 3.40pm
C1 Assessment for Tracking and Progress

  • Tracking and monitoring for Component 1 throughout the Course l Feedback: TOLS and the 2018 Examiner’s Report – what do they mean for students aiming for Grades 7 to 9
  • Creating consistency: How to provide feedback that supports and demonstrates progress in Component 1 with high attaining students
  • Interventions: identifying and rectifying underachievement at the top end
  • Teaching activities on the core skills which prepare students to perform at the highest levels in the final NEA

Kathryn Sexton

Kathryn has been teaching Dance in mixed state comprehensive schools for 25 years. She has been a Head of Dance in 3 schools and a Head of Performing Arts. She currently teaches KS3 – KS5 part-time in a school in the London Borough of Bromley. Kathryn is a Dance expert with examining experience as well as many years’ experience working with teachers to improve outcomes. From her regular and numerous visits into schools each year she has a wealth of knowledge and experience about the delivery of Dance, particularly at GCSE level. She is a highly experienced presenter for teacher training provision by one of the major examination boards, Keynote, Arts Pool and East London Dance. She is also very experienced in providing in house training in schools. She has worked closely with Arts Pool as an advisor and presenter for many of their resources. Kathryn is author of The Dance Teachers’ Survival Guide (Dance Books Ltd, 2004) and co-author of DansAthletic (East London Dance, 2008).

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