This is a hands on help, support and guidance course offering tailored professional development by an experience and highly successful teacher and CPD writer and presenter for Art and Design subjects. The course provides comprehensive help and support based on your specific professional learning needs, including a marking clinic. The focus of the day, including whether it is GCSE or A level and which specialisms it is to cover is set by all those who attend. Sessions are fluid and flexible, governed by individual teachers’ needs but based on 20 years of experience teaching and achieving very high results at A level Art and Design.


  • Engage in a marking clinic to see how to extend and improve student work
  • Improve your professional practice and rise standards of student achievement based on your specific learning needs as a teacher of Art and Design
  • Tackle head on all areas you wish to develop with each and every student you teach at any level
  • Take away clear strategies for your future teaching of Art and Design which comprehensively address your current situation as a teacher
  • Increase your ability to assess Art and Design in line with the criteria and standards
  • Structure and deliver targeted learning strategies for each student you teach to ensure they reach their potential and grades embracing annotation and drawing

  • Experienced teachers requiring feedback on their current course structure and how it relates to the latest national picture
  • 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 – 11:15am
Your learning needs – marking accurately – mark band/grade descriptors applied to student outcomes

  • Identifying all learning needs and structuring sessions
  • Clarification Q and A
  • Marking accurately
  • Clarity on assessment objectives and mark band/grade descriptors
  • When work does and does not meet the expected level

11:15 – 11:30am
Coffee break and informal discussion

11:30 – 12:30pm
Course structure templates

  • Identifying the best course structure for your Art and Design course
  • Pit falls and wrong turns
  • How students must make choices and solutions
  • Marking exercise, including a marking clinic on your own students’ work

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1:30 – 2:30pm
Rigour & reaching the top mark band – latest teaching strategies

  • Personal learning take away lesson activities
  • A broad experience vs digging deep with an idea
  • Skills and ideas – how to promote particular ideas to extend student ideas, enthusiasm and outcomes

2:30 – 2:45pm
Afternoon tea and informal discussion

2:45 – 3:45pm
Annotation & drawing

  • Making annotation impact successfully on practical work and final awarded grades
  • Review all learning needs
  • Identify content for Tailored Teachers’ Packs

Mark Coombe