This new course looks at strategies specifically aimed at improving candidate outcomes at Grades 7 to 9, to ensure students achieve excellent final grades. All 3 components will be addressed, through the focus of teaching top level students to produce outstanding work in both classroom teaching and learning and in the final examinations. Our expert presenter will provide you with superb teaching ideas and vital examination advice to ensure that your students are as well prepared as possible for the 2019 examinations.


  • Increase understanding of what is required in all 3 components to enable top level students to achieve their potential
  • Increase understanding of what is required in composition to enable top level students to achieve their potential
  • Develop your understanding of strengths and areas for improvement in high level candidates’ performances in Edexcel GCSE Music through feedback on 2018 exams
  • Increase understanding through practical examples of how to incorporate high level skills teaching into the classroom
  • Take away strategies for developing candidates’ understanding of examination questions and subject content for the highest grades in Unit 3
  • Develop a greater understanding of the mark schemes and how to use them in your teaching to motivate and push higher ability students
COURSE DATE London Friday 05 July 2019
  • All teachers of Edexcel GCSE Music
  • Teachers interested in swapping to Edexcel GCSE Music
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 – 10.45am
Feedback on 2018 Edexcel Music exams

  • Overall results: a review of 2018 exams and examiner feedback to highlight key areas of strength and weakness for high achieving students
  • Ensuring high level students meet the Assessment Objective requirements: why these are crucial and how they affect your teaching

10.45 – 11.15am
The challenges for students aiming for Grades 7 – 9

  • Explanation of what differentiates the highest achieving students in Edexcel GCSE Music and what the exam board is looking for
  • Moving between the levels – the key points for improving student grades between Grades 7 and 9
  • Key areas of the Edexcel specification which draw out higher achieving students: how to focus on these and boost student understanding and quality of responses
  • Achieving their target grade: facilities, resources and teaching strategies which keep top level students on track for summer 2019

11.15 – 11.35am
Discussion: coffee break

11.35 – 1.00pm
Unit 3, Listening & Appraising – ensuring high quality answers from your students

  • A look at the key areas of this paper, through Edexcel set works and examples of unfamiliar listening, that caused challenge to high end students and how that can be resolved in classroom teaching and learning:
    • Dictation
    • Unfamiliar listening
    • Question 9 – comparison essay, including exemplar answers and student work
  • Encouraging independent learning on these key topics, to develop student understanding of the requirements for high level Music results
  • Developing teaching and learning strategies for students that improve understanding of examination questions and ensure thinking at the highest level throughout the entire GCSE Music course

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 2.50pm
Composing– excellent answers and how to encourage student confidence

  • How to ensure that students at Grades 7 to 9 work to the highest standards and continue to make both examination and musical progress in their compositions
  • How to start writing and produce solid compositional foundations; development of work, and the final product for submission
  • How to avoid the predictable, whilst still attracting top marks

2.50 – 3.40pm
Performing: what do Edexcel expect from high ability students?

  • Performance – what do assessors require for students to score high marks?
  • Stretch and challenge for high achieving, high ability students in performance
  • Using resources effectively to encourage independent learning and student progress at a high level
  • Developing understanding of the mark schemes in relation to addressing quality of ensemble and solo performance
  • How to develop musicality through examination

Michael Lamb

Michael is an experienced Head of Music currently teaching in the thriving music department at Framwellgate School in Durham. His varied portfolio has seen his work as Director of Music in a Newcastle secondary, and as an active musician across the UK specialising in jazz performance and musical directs of both theatrical and orchestral projects. Michael is also the producer of several high profile music education projects, workshops and seminars in the North of England.

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