This course has been designed to help maximise the performance of your students in AQA A level Art & Design. It will address the key features from the feedback of the most recent exams, will identify potential pitfalls and focus on best approaches for improving performance in key areas.


  • Develop your understanding of strengths and areas for improvement in AQA A&D
  • Deepen your understanding of assessment criteria and mark schemes by examining exemplar student work.
  • Find out how to access the highest marks for each section by a specialist teacher with consistently outstanding results
  • Take away fresh approaches and new strategies to develop students performance
  • Gain practical guidance on creating engaging schemes of work to boost performance across the board
DATE & LOCATION Online | Thursday 05 November 2020
  • Heads of Art and Design
  • Heads of Combined faculties including Art and Design
  • Aspiring/Newly appointed heads of department
  • Teachers with responsibility for Art and Design
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 – 10.45am
Identifying achievement and enhancing performance

  • Looking at exemplar material that shows the difference in mark and grade boundaries
  • Identifying what is required to push performance to the next level
  • Unpicking mark criteria

10.45 – 11.00am
Coffee break 

11am – 11.45am
Examining strategies to enhance and develop performance in A level students

  • How to develop an engaging programme for Component 1, that creates Independent and resilient learners
  • Teaching strategies to boost students’ awareness and understanding for critical studies, annotation and use of student journey through their work
  • How to tackle the Personal Study – and create interest at all levels

11.50am – 1.00pm
Boosting performance in the written element – Personal Study

  • Analysis and unpicking, using examples what a written Personal Study looks like at each grade level
  • How to develop student’s interest in the written element of their course to high standards
  • How to teach the structure of the Personal study, working through the mark criteria and assessment objectives (using live work)
  • How to differentiate to build student knowledge and confidence in writing skills

1.00pm – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 2.45pm
How to tackle the External Set Assignment (ESA)

  • How to build a programme of study to develop students abilities through the externally set assignment
  • Strategies to enhance pace of working to meet the ESA requirements
  • What we need to do to engage and motivate enthusiasm in learners to cope with the ESA

2.45 – 3pm
Afternoon tea and informal discussion

3pm – 3.30pm
Live workshop

  • Opportunity to assess live work (teachers can bring along students’ work to discuss and share)
  • Feedback on marking – hitting the standard
  • Strategies for learning that enable students to reach maximum performance standards

3.30 – 3.45pm
Plenary and Depart

Deborah Savill

Deborah Savill is Head of Art at an Ofsted-rated outstanding school in Essex. Deborah has been an A level Moderator for over 12 years. She has been lead teacher in A level Art & Photography, where students achieve over 60%  A* – B each year, with students progressing onto Fine Art Degree courses across the country.