This course is about providing teachers with a broad array of strategies to help students achieve high results. Specifically it focuses on how to support and help students to develop and evolve projects over a sustained period of time.


  • Broaden and improve knowledge
  • Gain strategies for approaching written work
  • Take away 6GB of resources including PPT’s to share with students
  • Leave feeling inspired and full of ideas!
  • Gain strategies for ideas development
COURSE DATES Online | Thursday 26 November 2020
  • Heads of Art
  • Teachers of Photography
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


START 1.30pm
Introduction – hitting the top mark bands

  • Introduction to a broad array of techniques and approaches to photography showcasing the work of photographers who often use a photograph as a starting point to their image making
  • Powerpoint of photographers that students respond well to.

Effective Approaches to enhance student performance

  • 10 things to do cycle of work – Show work cycle
  • Annotating contacts – how to do so, what to say
  • Layout and design of work in books – flaps, pockets, pop out pages
  • Pros and Cons of providing students with a checklist
  • Self reflection sheets
  • Feedback forms
  • Group crits – getting students to talk about their work
  • How to manage difficult students/ get students to do more work


How to develop and evolve ideas

  • How to give students the confidence to stop focusing on a final outcome
  • The importance of setting projects that allow students to run through cycles of work
  • Providing students with examples of project development that include ‘failure’.
  • Identifying areas to develop – content, technique, ideas, aesthetics
  • The ‘opposites’ technique! Taking a different approach to develop a project.
  • The importance of self reflection
  • Reading around a subject to develop ideas


Writing about images

  • Strategies on how to analyse images – the do’s and don’ts
  • Useful texts and resources
  • Developing critical analysis skills
  • Examples of successful analysis from students of different abilities


The exam project

  • How to begin the project – promoting good practice -mood boards, spider diagrams, finding artist references from books
  • Insuring research and analysis assessment criteria are met.
  • Working towards outcomes


  • The photograph as object ppt and ideas
  • Example outcomes of student work
  • The exhibition? How to put one up? Who is it for!?



Neil Shirreff

Neil taught A-Level Photography for 8 years at Godalming College in an Art Department that consistently achieved outstanding results. He has also taught at foundation and degree level and he currently balances commercial and fine art interests with teaching A Level Photography at City and Islington Sixth Form College in London. He exhibits his personal work regularly and last year exhibited at Photo London at Somerset House.

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