The 2018 GCSE Dance examinations highlighted that many students produced choreography which was not as innovative, imaginative or of sufficient skill level to allow access to the highest mark bands. This new practical-based course is designed to provide teachers with new teaching approaches for delivering creative tasks and dance lessons from Key Stage 3 to GCSE. Led by a highly experienced Head of Department with excellent results, teachers will receive a range of choreographic skills and approaches will be explored to ensure that students will be more comfortable with high level choreography and be in position to develop excellent performance pieces which allow them to succeed at GCSE Dance and gain excellent results.


  • Take away new teaching ideas and approaches for strengthening choreography skills at Key Stage 3
  • Utilise feedback on the summer 2018 exam to develop strategies to improve Dance performance at Key Stage 3 and GCSE level
  • Identify the key choreographic areas of strength and weaknesses for high achieving students
  • Take away effective and successful approaches to improving choreography skills with lower attaining students
  • Explore examples of choreographies at Grades 9 to 7 and Grades 4 to 5
COURSE DATE London Friday 21 June 2019
  • All GCSE Dance teachers
  • Heads of Performing Arts
  • All teachers of Dance
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 key messages from the 2018 examinations

  • Feedback from 2018 – the key issues on choreography examiners raised
  • Supporting the mid-range choreography student
  • Identifying the key areas of strength and weakness for high achieving choreography students
  • Where students need to be at the beginning of their GCSE course to allow for high quality final performances

10.30 – 11.30am
Developing a successful dance programme for Key Stage 3

  • What does successful choreography teaching at Key Stage 3 look like?
  • Warm up ideas that upskill the full range of students
  • Fundamental choreography skills for students in Key Stage 3
  • Developing the necessary performance attributes to increase performance standards at GCSE level
  • Using a range of different stimuli to engage students and preparing students for the demands of GCSE choreographic tasks

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 12.45pm
Improving choreography skills with lower attaining GCSE students

  • Lessons from the 2018 exams – strategies to improve choreography skills
  • Tackling weaker choreography – approaches, ideas and practical strategies to improve 3 – 4 choreographies
  • Drawing from examples: practical demonstrations on how to get students to progress, improve and develop their choreographic skills

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.45pm
Working with able students to achieve top choreography grades

  • Consideration of what high performing students did well in their choreographies and how to ensure that your students do the same in 2019
  • Ensuring high level students meet the Assessment Objective requirements and why these are crucial to your teaching
  • Stretching and challenging the most able with complex choreographic ideas
  • Examples of choreographies, strategies and practical approaches that ensure that highly able students work to the highest standards and make excellent progress

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Monitoring and Assessing progress for excellent final results

  • Teaching approaches to ensure students utilise appropriate choreography and avoid losing marks
  • Marking and giving good feedback on students’ choreographies – how to maintain progress
  • Developing students’ understanding of mark schemes in relation to their choreography
  • Managing the choreography process
  • Moving students up the levels in their written responses – methods and approaches which work
  • How to prepare students for 12 mark comparison questions: what the examiners are looking for and how to teach these skills

Yvette Jarvis

Yvette has been teaching PE and Dance for 23 years and is currently Head of Department at a school in Newham. She is an experienced examiner who became a SLE in 2012 and has undertaken outreach work and delivered CPD sessions for Dance and PE for NQT’s, GCSE and trainee teachers. Yvette’s most recent GCSE cohort achieved 75% grades 9 to 7.

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