PART 1: 4.00 – 6.00pm  Tuesday 10 November 2020

PART 2: 4.00 – 6.00pm  Tuesday 17 November 2020

This new course is designed for teachers of Eduqas GCSE Music  to develop their classroom approaches and techniques in teaching composition and maximise students outcomes.  Delegates will focus on:

  • the key areas of the composing component which offer understanding and opportunities for student achievement and development
  • Addressing and identifying student needs
  • Setting expectations and challenges
  • Maximising resources -supporting and assisting both in and out of the music lesson
  • Advice from the Principal Moderator for GCSE Music(Eduqas)


  • Take away effective approaches to improving composing skills of lower attaining student
  • Explore the advantages of suitable presentation of ideas/assessment/improving and developing basic musical ideas
  • Exploring various forms of learner engagement when composing
  • Consideration of suitable starting points and approaches for lower ability students
  • Take away notes, lesson plans, practical advice and guidance –strategies for use in the music lesson
COURSE DATE Online | 1st half – 2 hours Tuesday 10 November 2020

Onine | 2nd half – 2 hours Tuesday 17 November 2020

  • Teachers of GCSE Music
  • Heads of Music Departments
  • Line managers of GCSE music
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
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


4.00 – 6.00pm                                       Tuesday 09 November 2020

4.00 – 5.00pm    How does the GCSE specification enable low ability students to achieve their full potential in Composing?

  • Identifying the challenges and best ways to respond in Composing
  • Focus on key areas of the composing component which offer understanding and opportunities for student achievement and development in composing
  • Addressing and Identifying student needs
  • Maximising resources

5.00 – 6.00pm: How to use examiner feedback, mark schemes and assessment criteria to maximise credit for students

  • Examination of the mark scheme – hints and tips for teachers and students
  • Examination of the assessment criteria – hints and tips for teachers and students
  • Consideration of current (and previous) examiner reports and feedback
  • Setting necessary standards, achieving and working beyond to improve standards

4.00 – 6.00PM                          Tuesday 17 November 2020

4.00 – 5.45pm    ‘Best Practice’, Strategies and Methods for use to raise attainment for weaker students in composing

  • Full class approaches – how to cater for the students who find composing a challenge
  • Individual working – facilitating, and supporting the lower attaining students in composing
  • Differentiation in the music lesson – variable challenges, suggested plans and strategies
  • Monitoring and managing coursework –identifying areas of need/setting targets + planning

5.45 – 6.00pm:  Further questions

Jan Richards

Jan Richards is currently the Principal Moderator for GCSE Composing and the Principal Examiner for Composition at A Level for a major awarding body and has recently been the Educational Consultant for the WJEC GCSE Music Bitsesize project for the BBC.She was heavily involved in the development of the current specifications at both GCSE and A level, also authoring the Teachers’ Guides and contributing to the exemplar materials. She is author of various text books and study guides for WJEC/EDUQAS Music at both GCSE and A level. She is an experienced teacher and Head of Department and Performing Arts