Please note, this course will be held online on the designated date if it’s not possible to run in venues.


This revised course aims to support teachers who wish to ensure the achievement in the C1 practical NEA – worth 60% over the overall GCSE – of their students. By looking at the 2019 Examiner’s Report and providing tried and tested teaching techniques, the course aims to help teachers raise attainment in students of all abilities and experience by improving confidence, knowledge and a strong understanding of what the examiner is looking for.


  • Getting to grips with the NEA component and the challenges facing students
  • Gain a greater understanding of applying the mark scheme accurately
  • How, when and where to fit the assessment into GCSE time
  • Learn from examples of good and bad practice from this year
  • Develop confidence in providing feedback that increases progress for students of all abilities
  • Find out more about what it takes to achieve Grades 8 – 9 in the NEA
COURSE DATES London | Thursday 11 June 2020
  • 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
Successful Choreography to Achieve Well

Examples of student work will be shown in this session

  • Utilising the information from the 2019 Examiner Report to improve performance of students across the range
  • Teaching deeper student responses to given stimuli – how to approach these for maximum marks
  • Using the mark scheme using feedback well to boost responses
  • Differentiated learning: approaches for developing choreographic skills throughout the course
  • Approaches and strategies on teaching use of structure, choreographic devices and accompaniment to ensure students understand and apply knowledge appropriately
  • Maximising marks through the Programme Note – making every word count

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 12.45pm
NEA Set Phrases – boosting the performance of all students

Examples of student work will be shown in this session

  • 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 into their performances
  • Ensuring quality of filming benefits your students

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.30pm
NEA: Performance in Duo and Trio

  • Teaching physical, technical and expressive skills: ensuring that 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 students of all abilities
  • Effectively utilising the levels based approach to teaching and marking the performance piece
  • Reviewing the depth of response required for levels 4/5 and 7/9
  • Integrating performance & appreciation – how combining these creates high performance work

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
  • 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 all 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).