Creating a GCSE dance course that delivers the specification with clear stretch and challenge, alongside strategies to develops independent, creative students.

This advanced course is not simply about results, but teaching techniques and approaches that create a richer experience for students. The course will not only covers all of the GCSE dance specifications but will include the latest techniques and ideas for each element within it. It will enable teachers to gain confidence in delivering high level teaching ideas that will lead to creating independent and successful students. This course is focused on the continual stretch and challenge for students beyond the GCSE specification, to drive student achievement through to A level dance and beyond.


  • Gain access to a body of successful ideas and resources guaranteed to extend your students
  • Take new ideas for how to stretch and challenge learners at all levels
  • Develop your curriculum to reflect new and highly successful ideas in the classroom
  • Obtain strategies to increase and maintain the interests of highly capable learner
COURSE DATES London | Wednesday 27 November 2019
London | Tuesday 11 February 2020
  • Teachers of GCSE Dance
  • Heads of Department
  • Heads of Performing Arts
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
Strategies and Structures for Success

  • Alternative approaches to teaching the GCSE Dance specification
  • Recognise the competing needs of your school context and your learners
  • Explore potential strategies for optimal delivery which embed assessment criteria in teaching

10.30- 11.15pm
What does the GCSE Specification demand of a student?

  • A good student is required to … developing the skills of performing, choreographing and writing
  • Teaching around the key challenges of GCSE Dance: where different students in the different parts of the specification
  • How do we get them that place? Methods, techniques and approaches to hit the standards

11.15– 11.30am
Discussion and break

How do we get beyond the Grade 8/9 student?

  • Where are the opportunities to work beyond the specification?
  • Adding the stretch and challenge into each aspect of the course
  • Teaching ideas that develop and push students at all levels: the best time to develop and extend their skills in performing, writing and creating dance

Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Activity – where the additional/enriching learning can be developed

  • Finding enriching opportunities which stems from the specification – analyse examples and methods that boost motivation and morale
  • Creating additional enriching opportunities for development (Academic, Choreographic, Performance Studies)

2.30 – 2.45pm
Discussion and break

2.45 – 3.45pm
Creating the autonomous dancer (in groups)

  • Making students inquisitive at Level 2
  • How to create the confidence to try something different in your students
  • Workshop on the creating autonomy, followed by feedback to the whole group

Plenary and final discussion

  • Course Leader handover and discussion of additional resources for attendee

Jason Bradley

Jason Bradley trained as a professional dancer at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance before becoming the senior dancer/teacher at Ludus Dance company. In the last 19 years he has been teaching GCSE and A Level Dance with a great deal of success. In that time he has built up a bank of resources which have been honed over time to provide excellent provision for students and teachers. Whilst Ofsted no longer grade observations in the period where they did, Jason continually received outstanding grade 1’s on each visit he took part in. He is passionate about teaching and passionate about sharing skills and good practice.

GCSE Dance