This updated course is designed for all KS4 teachers of GSCE Art & Design who want to embed outstanding practice to greatly enhance student progress and attainment using GCSE Art & Design specifications. The course will focus on practical strategies that improve outcomes and promote sustained progress to achieve the levels 7 – 9.

We will explore how effective assessment, marking and feedback links directly to outstanding outcomes, and look at the use of the Specification marking criteria to promote excellent achievement


  • Take away approaches for challenging and pushing students to reach the top marks
  • Learn how to embed outstanding assessment approaches to drive excellent and sustained progress.
  • Take away a range of practical teaching strategies to boost attainment with Grades 7 – 9 students
  • Know how to foster a passion for practical study in GSCE Art & Design to motivate students to achieve above expectations.
COURSE DATES Online | Tuesday 08 December 2020
  • Teachers of GCSE Art and Design
  • Heads of Art and Design
  • Heads of Faculty
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


10.00 –  11.00am
Delivering an outstanding curriculum

  • Exploring practical teaching strategies for innovative, creative and engaging scheme of work for your students.
  • Re-developing your scheme of work to enable your students to achieve highest potential outcomes in the Art and Design specification
  • Creating the opportunity to challenge and extend high ability students

11.00 am – 11.15am
Discussion and coffee break

11.15 – 12.45 pm
Maximising understanding of the Assessment criteria for GCSE Art & Design

  • This will be a practical session exploring examples of work.
  • Learn how to embed outstanding assessment approaches to drive excellent and sustained progress.
  • Exploring the understanding of how to use assessment.
  • Explore the marking criteria: what do examiners expect of the best students
  • Unpicking what is required for students to achieve levels 7 – 9.

12.45 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30pm – 2.30 pm
Maximising Attainment in coursework

  • How to approach the areas of the specification: fresh ideas to engage top students
  • Variety of approaches such as for developing final realisations.
  • Challenging and stretching good or satisfactory students to reach the levels 7 – 9
  • Analysis of assessment objectives: where can students gain marks?
  • Rising to the challenge of the annotation to improve students’ work to achieve the higher levels.

2.45 – 3.00pm
Afternoon tea and discussion

3.00 – 3.45pm
Stretching and challenging the most able

  • How to create independent learners and get those top marks
  • Examples of how students can make connections to work of other artists, photographers and cultures to enrich knowledge and understanding.
  • Outstanding practise at and for levels 7 – 9: what does this look like

3.45 – 4pm

  • Buzz session: A chance to reflect on your continued professional development and discuss with others how you will know that learning is outstanding.
  • An opportunity to ask questions and feedback


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.