This updated course looks at strategies specifically aimed at improving student performance and final outcomes to achieve or exceed benchmarks for GCSE Dance. The day will specifically focus on students benchmarked to achieve the key GCSE Levels 4-5, and 7-9.  It will utilise feedback from the 2019 examination series and successful teaching and learning strategies that ensure student engagement, motivation and ultimate success in the examinations.  Presented by highly experienced trainer for GCSE Dance Kathryn Sexton, teachers will receive invaluable advice and guidance.  All assessment work for Component 1 and 2 will be addressed.


  • Find out more about strengths and weaknesses of mid-range and higher ability candidates’ performances in Components 1 and 2
  • Increase understanding of how to develop key skills which encourage success
  • Develop a greater understanding of how to incorporate these key skills in your teaching of the entire course and monitor/track effectively to ensure progress
  • Take away strategies for developing candidates’ understanding of and ability to successfully approach Component 2 examination questions.
  • Gain an increased understanding of approaches that enable students benchmarked at Grades 4–5 and 7–9 to succeed in the practical Component 1 assessments.
  • All teachers of GCSE Dance aiming to raise student improvement, particularly around Grades 4-5 and 7-9
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 – 11.00am
Using feedback from the 2019 examinations effectively

  • Feedback on the 2019 examinations and what this tells us about mid-range and higher ability student performance
  • Components 1 and 2 – candidates’ strengths and weaknesses: where students gained and lost marks and how we can build that information into teaching in a powerful way
  • Assessment objectives and candidate outcomes: incorporating skills and knowledge requirements to ensure success
  • A close examination of the specification and assessment requirements for Components 1 and 2, to identify how to address weaknesses and ensure student progress
  • Tracking and formative assessment ideas – delegates are invited to bring examples of their current monitoring and tracking

11.00 – 11.15am

11.15 – 11.55am
C2 – Improving Outcomes of students at Grades 4 and 5

  • Understanding types of questions and common pitfalls in student responses
  • Developing knowledge requirements and exam technique to ensure success
  • Making sure that Grade 4 and 5 students retain understanding
  • Ensuring student use of accurate subject specific vocabulary
  • Preparing students for 6 and 12 mark answers
  • Sentence starters for descriptive, interpretive and evaluative comments
  • Giving effective feedback

11.55 – 12.30pm
C2 – Getting the very best out of students at Grades 7 – 9

  • Section A : Defining, explaining and exemplifying key concepts fully for the short answer questions
  • Section B and C: Writing sophisticated responses to longer questions
  • Lesson activities and extension material that promote and maintain high level thinking, learning and writing
  • How to differentiate for the top end in mixed ability classes
  • Setting homework tasks to stretch and challenge higher ability

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 3.00pm
C1: Performance and Choreography

  • Skills requirements: teaching ideas and methods that enable your students to achieve their potential
  • Examination of the assessment requirements for the Set Phrases, Duo/Trio and Choreography to identify how to ensure student progress at Grades 4-5 and 7-9
  • Marking workshop – effective feedback to boost outcomes

3.00 – 3.10pm
Afternoon tea and informal discussion

3.10 – 3.50pm
Planning to Boost Grades 4-5 and Grades 7-9

  • What are the main challenges for our students to reach their benchmarks?
  • Evaluating the quality of available resources and how best to utilise them to stretch mid range and top level students
  • Evaluating your SOW for promoting high level thinking and learning in practical and written work
  • Ongoing assessment and teaching methods to maintain and improve student progress at Grades 4 and 5
  • Further ideas to develop student understanding of C1 and C2 mark scheme requirements, so as to reach their targets

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).

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