The GCSE Dance examinations highlighted that many students produced choreography which was not as innovative, imaginative or of sufficient skill level to allow access to the highest mark bands. This practical-based course is designed to provide teachers with fresh teaching approaches for delivering creative tasks and dance lessons at KS4  level, with a particular focus on the demands of the GCSE Dance Choreography task.

Led by a highly experienced trainer for GCSE Dance, with 25 years examining experience,  a range of choreographic skills and approaches are explored to ensure that students of all abilities are successful with choreography of solo and group dances


  • Take away effective and successful approaches to improve student handling of set stimuli for choreography at all levels
  • Utilise feedback on the summer 2020 exams to develop strategies to improve student choreography skills at Key Stage 4, particularly GCSE level
  • Identify the key choreographic areas of strength and weaknesses for high achieving students
  •  Discuss examples of high and mid band GCSE Dance choreographies
COURSE DATE Online | Thursday 17 June 2021
  • All GCSE Dance teachers
  • Heads of Performing Arts
  • All teachers of Dance
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


10.00 – 10.45am  The key messages from recent examinations 

  • What are the key issues on choreography for 2021. What feedback have examiners raised and what do we do about it?
  • Identifying the key areas of strength and weakness for high achieving choreography students
  • Supporting the mid-range choreography student
  • Teaching students to handle set stimuli with depth and integrity for choreography assessment
  • Working with choreographic intention
  • Where students need to be at the beginning of their KS4 course to allow for high quality final outcomes

10.45 – 11.30am  Effective Choreography

  • Fresh teaching ideas and methods that boost performance and enable your students to achieve their potential
  • Helping students to develop a range of actions, space and dynamics that prevent bland performances
  • How can we improve students’ choreographic ability and skills to pick up the marginal marks?

Discussion: coffee break 11.30 – 11.45am

11.45 – 12.45pm Improving choreography skills with group tasks 

  • Lessons from the 2019 & 2020 series – strategies to improve choreography skills
  • Tackling weaker choreography – approaches, ideas and practical strategies to improve choreographies
  • Drawing from examples: practical demonstrations on how to get students to progress, improve and develop their choreographic skills
  • Succinctly articulated and clearly understood choreographic intent with groups
  • Examples of choreographies, strategies and practical approaches that ensure that highly able students work to the highest standards and make excellent progress

12.45 – 1.45pm Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.45pm Working with students to improve solo work

  • Consideration of what high performing students did well in their choreographies and how to ensure that your students do the same in 2021
  • Ensuring high level students meet the Assessment Objective requirements and why these are crucial to your teaching
  • Stretching and challenging the most able with complex choreographic ideas
  • Enhancing teaching of choreographic devices and motifs
  • Helping students develop excellent aural and physical settings

2.45 – 3.00pm Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm Supporting progress for excellent final results

  • Writing programme notes that really help examiners and get your students the right marks
  • Managing the choreography process – marking and giving excellent feedback on student choreographies in progress for maximum achievement
  • Developing students’ understanding of mark schemes in relation to their choreography
  • Comparison of GCSE, BTEC and RSL choreography task demands

Kathryn Sexton

Kathryn has been teaching Dance in mixed state comprehensive schools for 25 years. She has been a Head of Dance in 3 schools and a Head of Performing Arts. She currently teaches KS3 – KS5 part-time in a school in the London Borough of Bromley. Kathryn is a Dance expert with examining experience as well as many years’ experience working with teachers to improve outcomes. From her regular and numerous visits into schools each year she has a wealth of knowledge and experience about the delivery of Dance, particularly at GCSE level. She is a highly experienced presenter for teacher training provision by one of the major examination boards, Keynote, Arts Pool and East London Dance. She is also very experienced in providing in house training in schools. She has worked closely with Arts Pool as an advisor and presenter for many of their resources. Kathryn is author of The Dance Teachers’ Survival Guide (Dance Books Ltd, 2004) and co-author of DansAthletic (East London Dance, 2008).