This course is designed for AQA GCSE art textile teachers who are seeking to ensure a curriculum which will allow all students to fulfil their potential through the successful application of techniques and processes. The course will demonstrate how to structure a successful GCSE textiles course, explore techniques and processes which all schools will be able to take ideas from. The course will also provide guidance on effective artists to explore and show high achieving exemplar materials.


  • Focused on identifying a successful curriculum plan and providing in-depth expertise to assist teachers in preparing students effectively
  • Emphasis on techniques which are most effective for teachers to use with limited facilities. 
  • Focus on teaching approaches and techniques which stretch and challenge students
  • A comprehensive library of artists to explore.
  • Sample sketchbooks at levels 7 and above will be scrutinised
  • Materials will be provided that will allow teachers to cover the course in innovative and student-friendly ways that push the highest ability students.

COURSE DATE Online | Friday 19 November 2021

London | Friday 14 January 2022

  • New/Current Teachers of GCSE Art with a Textiles specialism
  • New/Current Teachers of GCSE Art without a Textile specialism
  • NQTs
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

10.00am – 10.30am: Introduction

  • This session will take an overview of the course and look at how best to structure it
  • It will look at some of the key challenges of the course, and how to avoid common pitfalls.
  • Planning for success will be a major theme of the day, which will be established by exploring artists, themes and techniques.
  • Structuring teaching and learning of this element of the course will also be addressed.


10.30am – 11.30am: Course Structure and Successful themes

  • Here we shall consider the elements of the course and what makes a successful course allowing all students to reach their potential.
  • Fundamentally one has to plan to teach portfolios of work. Deciding on how many portfolios your course will accommodate is crucial.
  • Strategies for teaching and assessment, including some practical hints and tips on teaching and learning techniques will be discussed.
  • Embedding knowledge and working to your strengths within this area of the specification will be discussed. 
  • Visual examples of successful themes and what makes them successful will be discussed. 



11.30am – 12.30pm: Practical Strategies for Teaching Techniques

  • An exploration of different techniques will take place. Ranging from techniques that need no specialist facilities to more advanced techniques.
  • Best strategies for teaching the techniques for all ability levels will be covered, from the weaker candidates to those who need to be stretched and challenged to achieve the highest grades.
  • Demonstrations of techniques and walkthroughs of what equipment to use and how to use it.

12.30pm – 13.30pm: Lunch


13.30pm – 14.30pm: Securing those grades 

  • Drawing together many themes for the day this closing session will look at how students maximise their potential and achieve their best possible grades.
  • The importance of good annotations and how to support practical work through working notes and analysis
  • How to present work to give maximum impact
  • Key aspects of formative and summative assessment will be addressed, alongside effective marking and student feedback, so that this is reflective and improvement over time is shown.


14.30pm – 14.40pm: Afternoon Break



14.30pm – 15.15pm: Library of artists and designers

  • Here we will go through a library of artists and designers that can be linked with the techniques and processes learnt today.
  • This essential session will provide teachers with techniques and tools to take away and implement in the classroom immediately.


15.15pm – 15.30pm: Plenary

  • This is an opportunity for open Q&A


15.30pm: Depart

Gina Hellis

Gina Hellis is an experienced teacher of GCSE and A-level Textiles with a degree in Textiles and Surface Design. Currently working as the Head of Department in a large and successful secondary school in the South East. During her thirteen year teaching career Gina has supported her students to achieve outstanding results alongside being an experienced A-level moderator. More recently SHE has had articles published in embroidery magazines about the benefits crafts have on mental health.