Code: 8216


This new webinar for teachers is designed for all teachers of GCSE Art & Design, looking to ensure their students get their work completed successfully by the deadlines. Emphasis will be on teaching and approaches and standards to speed up the creative process, and ensure students of all abilities maximise their potential marks.

The course will focus on completing successfully Component 1 The Portfolio and building confidence  for Component 2 The Externally Set Assignment. We will pin point how to get students’ coursework completed successfully by Christmas and provide you with relevant toolkits for achievement with The Externally Set Assignment


  • Identify intervention strategies and a clear course of action for all your current GCSE Art students
  • ‘Off the shelf’ workshops – responding to contextual references, building a personal idea, specific role of drawing & annotation
  • Focus on teaching strategies which will  speed up the practical creative process
  • Be made aware of the time consuming pitfalls students fall into nationally and be armed with key strategies and approaches to avoid them.
  • Ensure students practice and employ vital approaches to Art and Design through efficient and confident use of the Externally Set Assignment preparatory period and the 10 hours supervised time .


4.00 – 4.05  pm Welcome and Introduction

4.05 – 4.40  pm  Session 1 – Component 1: – Successful Outcomes in  the portfolio

  • Choosing the right idea/s, for each student that matches their learning style and potential
  • Exploring the idea with a clear focus, depth & breadth, (drawing & annotation embedded outcomes)
  • How to pre-empt and avoid time consuming ‘wrong turns’
  • tools to ensure students artwork is relevant, skilfully and efficiently executed to a high standard in a time frame

4.45 – 5.10  pm  Session 2: Component 2 :  – The Externally Set Assignment

  • Evidence of learning through quality not quantity & what it looks like in practice
  • The correct selection of key contextual references & quick student responses beyond ‘pastiche’ or emulation.
  • The key creative intervention strategies – when to act, how to act during the preparatory period
  • Be made aware of the time consuming pitfalls students fall into nationally and be armed with key strategies and approaches to avoid them.

5.10 – 5.30 pm   Session 3 :  – Grade boundaries/ level indicators                                                                    

  • Looking at student work to identify efficient learning pathways

Mark Coombe

Mark Coombe is an experienced Art & Design teacher of 25 years who has taught all areas of Art & Design.  He is renowned as a CPD leader, trainer and presenter across all disciplines of Art & Design.  He is a practising artist, in particular in animal portraiture – livestock & rare breeds – and his current portfolio is supplying The National Trust in Norfolk, Suffolk and other regions.

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