This exciting course is designed for all teachers of the new GCSE Art & Design 1 to 9 course who are looking for take away workshops and ideas for strategies on adapting your practice to the new specifications while continuing to ensure top grades.

We will explore a range of practical planning, teaching and assessment strategies as well as ways to adapt your teaching to cover the needs of all learners with a specific focus on both the depth of knowledge required and the new style of questions. Emphasis will also be on ways to embed drawing and annotations in inspiring ways into both components.

The course will also encourage teachers to think about how they might adapt their Key Stage 3 teaching in light of the new GCSE requirements.


  • Understand the key characteristics and challenges of the new GCSE Art & Design specifications
  • How to approach the Component 1 portfolio to achieve the best results with your students
  • Get to grips with the new assessment objectives and learn how to get great results through outstanding teaching
  • How to embed drawing into all aspects of students’ work
  • Ensure your students make a success of Component 2: the externally set task


COURSE DATES London Wednesday 14 November 2018
London Tuesday 05 February 2019
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?  All teachers of GCSE AQA Art & Design
All Heads of Art & Design
All teachers new to teaching the AQA GCSE Specification
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: Exploring the New Specification components

  • Similarities and differences between the examination boards
  • What’s new and what’s different? What has changed from the old specification? How to deal with them simultaneously
  • Identifying the key features and assessment objectives
  • The depth of knowledge required to succeed in the new specifications
  • How to create a cohesive course with the new specification The new 9-1 grading

10.45 – 11.20am: Component 1 - Portfolio – Choosing the right approach for your students

  • What the examination boards are looking for in your art students
  • Workshop – choosing the right approach to the Unit 1 Portfolio for your students
  • Understanding the nature of the Component 1 Assessment Criteria and maximising results through targeted learning strategies
  • The mark schemes and what they really mean

11.20 – 11.35am: Discussion: coffee break


11.35 – 12.45pm: Independent Learning, using annotation and successful literacy in Art & Design

  • Workshop – swift and simple strategies to get students analysing and critically evaluating sources to trigger personal responses in their own work
  • Ensuring students’ work is always informed and prevent the ‘spoon feeding’!
  • Identifying when to look at new sources and extend students’ ability to reflect, review and refine their work as it progresses
  • Use insightful annotation quickly and construct continuous prose embracing literacy strategies

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 3.00pm: Component 2: Making a success of the Externally Set Task

  • Workshop – Drawing to imagine, express and question
  • Planting the seeds for success, signposting pathways for progress
  • Meeting the assessment criteria to access the highest grades

3.00 – 3.40pm: Embedding drawing through personalised use of sketchbooks, assessment & moderation

  • Workshop – drawing without fear to record, observe, express and question
  • Meeting the new assessment criteria to access the highest grades
  • Linking progress to further critical and contextual research