With all the changes in Art, Craft & Design over the past few years it is easy to feel overwhelmed.

As a teacher or leader of a creative subject it is important to tackle these changes and use them as an opportunity to move your teaching and department forward and to ensure provision for students is outstanding.

This course will provide an opportunity to unpick the new specification of GCSE Art & Design and to plan personalised and engaging lessons which allow students to create a body of work that effectively explores the assessment criteria with a natural fluency and reaches levels of Outstanding.

The course is intended for all teachers looking for approaches and strategies to use with their own students, in particular those aiming for Grades 7 – 9, HODs looking to move their department to ‘outstanding’ and teachers wanting to audit their current provision and develop new approaches in light of developments and changes in specifications.


  • Review the 2018 exam series. Explore the feedback and consider practical strategies that react to the changes within component 1 & 2.
  • Take away practical tips and strategies that can challenge and engage students to meet all the assessment criteria and achieve top grades
  • Develop new and engaging approaches to drawing and recording ideas through written annotation
  • Consider your current provision at KS3 and take away ideas to bridge the gap into KS4
  • Develop techniques that support your students to tell a story throughout their projects to help them achieve the higher marks
  • Increase your knowledge of practical Assessment for Learning to help build independence and ownership
COURSE DATE London | Friday 29 November 2019
  • All teachers of Art, Craft & Design, or any of the Art endorsement
  • 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 – 10.30am
The New Specification – how have the new changes impacted?

  • What do we need to know moving forward?
  • How have the grade boundaries changed and what is the expectation on students to achieve the higher grades?
  • Review the 2018 exam series. Explore the feedback and consider practical strategies that react to the changes within component 1 & 2
  • Identify which issues impact the progression of your students and reflect upon your current practice

10.30 – 11.30am
Practical Strategies that challenge and engage students to produce higher quality work across the assessment objectives

  • Consider methods that could help students tell a story through their projects. How can they hit the higher marks through a confident journey?
  • Explore tried and tested strategies that can engage and motivate students such as assessment for learning, student reflection, behaviour management techniques, rewards…
  • Take away ideas of how to develop positive understanding of the assessment criteria to improve outcomes, independence and ownership

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 12.30pm
Tackling the written element

  • Explore how can you make writing accessible to mixed ability students and ensure they are meeting the requirements within Assessment Objective 1 & 3
  • Strategies and approaches to use with able students to enable them to achieve the high grades
  • Consider how you can develop habits so students are familiar with artist research from KS3 into KS4
  • Explore how to promote the use of technical language and break down the analytical process into manageable chunks

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Engaging & Challenging Approaches to the New Compulsory Elements: drawing

  • How to engage students in being excited about drawing
  • Achieving excellence in drawing: Strategies and approaches to challenge and engage students to excel in drawing
  • Promote drawing from direct observation, sketching, recording thoughts through annotated sketches, drawing though print and other creative methods
  • Tackling the issues of copying from the internet or photographs

2.30 – 2.45pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.30pm
Creating a Culture of Creativity and Challenge

  • How you can build departmental/ classroom habits to support progression
  • Review the impact of Ks3 on Ks4, how can you bridge the gap?
  • How can you stretch and support all groups of learners?
  • Explore ways of making links with the galleries and universities to raise aspirations and engage students
  • Exploring the sketchbook and how this can promote exciting outcomes

3.30 – 3.45pm
Future Planning and Reflection

Becky Mizon

Becky is a highly experienced Director of Faculty encompassing Art (specialism), Textiles, Photography and D&T and Catering. In recent years, she has taken an underperforming department and successfully built a high achieving team with excellent outcomes for students. Both her department and her teaching have consistently been judged as ‘outstanding.’ Whilst at her current school GCSE results have doubled; uptake has drastically improved and student engagement and passions for learning are strong.

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