ABOUT THIS COURSE: Preparing to Succeed in Dance in 2021

This course is aimed for all teachers of GCSE Dance who are looking to raise their students’ attainment across the ability range.   Achieving good grades in GCSE Dance for the full range of students is challenging; particularly given the varied levels and abilities of students who join the course.

Both Component 1 and Component 2 pose differing challenges. The aim of this course is to give both Heads of Dance and Teachers of GCSE  Dance not only guidance in successful planning and teaching approaches, but an understanding of the exam board assessment requirements at the highest level of the mark schemes for both component 1 and 2. You will gain practical teaching approaches to build students confidence, knowledge and skills, to ensure the most able students access the top grades and also those less able students maximise their potential     and explore models of teaching which provide opportunity to develop students through the 2-year course.

Presented by a highly experienced trainer for GCSE Dance, teachers will receive detailed advice and guidance on both Component 1 & 2 Examples of student work will be shown in all sessions. The course is non-practical.


  • Explore the AQA specification requirements in depth, and have an understanding of how best to build a 2year scheme of work that facilitates student success
  • Take away practical teaching approaches and activities to apply to your own teaching of both components
  • Find out more about the different approaches to support students to gain a Grade 7 – 9 success
  • Discuss examples of student work on video to identify features of different levels
  • Explore in detail exam questions and practical tasks
  • Develop a greater understanding of how to incorporate the key skills necessary, in your teaching of the entire
  • Excellent take away strategies.
DATES & LOCATION:  Online | Thursday 25 February 2021
  • Heads of PE
  • Heads of Dance
  • Teacher of GCSE Dance
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 – 11:15am: Maximising Potential in the Set Phrases and performance in Duo/Trio

Examples of student work will be used in this session

  • Feedback on the 2020 examinations: what this tells us about low, mid-range and higher ability student performance and how we make sense of this
  • Identifying the main challenges for our students to reach their benchmarks?
  • Assessment objectives and candidate outcomes: deepening skill requirements to ensure success
  • A close examination of the assessment requirements for C1, to identify how to feedback to address weaknesses and ensure student progress
  • Managing formative marking and peer feedback through guided practical tasks

11:15 – 11.30am: Break

11.30 – 12.30am: Success in Solo & Group Choreography

Examples of student work will be used in this session

  • Preparing for the choreography paper: handling stimuli with depth and integrity
  • Pushing standards higher: Teacher feedback and effective feedback to boost outcomes
  • Utilising practical lessons to prepare for Section B of the written paper
  • Skills requirements: fresh teaching ideas and methods that enable your students to achieve their potential
  • Examination of strategies to boost performance for the assessment requirements of the Set Phrases, Duo/Trio and Choreography
  • Marking workshop

12.30 – 1.00pm: Student and staff choreography support strategies for Level 7-9

  • Candidates’ strengths and weaknesses: where higher ability students gained and lost vital marks and how we can build that information into teaching in a powerful way
  • Successful intervention and support strategies,
  • Encouraging independent learning and self-motivation
  • Maintaining recruitment onto A-level Dance

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch 

2:00 – 3:00pm: Component 2 : Improving Outcomes of students at Levels 4 and 5

Examples of student work will be used in this session

  • Improving students’ writing about performance and choreography from the start
  • Understanding types of questions and common pitfalls in student responses
  • Developing the knowledge requirements and exam technique for Section A & B to ensure success
  • Making sure that Grade 4 and 5 students retain understanding of vital information
  • Ensuring student use of accurate subject specific vocabulary
  • Preparing students for 6 and 12 mark answers
  • Useful sentence starters for descriptive, interpretive and evaluative comments
  • Effective feedback Using mark schemes, including levels of response, effectively to support student progress

3:00 – 3:15: afternoon break

3:15 – 3:45pm: Component 2 – getting the very best out of students at Levels 7 – 9

Examples of student work will be used in this session

  • Section A : Defining, explaining and exemplifying key concepts fully for the short answer questions
  • Section B & C: Writing sophisticated responses to longer questions
  • Lesson activities and extension material that promotes and maintains high level thinking, learning and writing
  • How to differentiate for maximum progress in mixed ability classes
  • Setting valuable homework tasks to stretch and challenge all students

3.50 pm Plenary and Depart

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).

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