This course is aimed at experienced GCSE Dance teachers who are looking to push students, especially at grades 8 and 9, through a range of approaches for excellent teaching. The course will look at strategies, teaching methods and higher level thinking about the academic, analytical, choreographic investigation and performance skills elements of the GCSE Dance course.
The course will include a range of tried and tested teaching resources which can be deployed straight into the classroom. As well as some ‘easy win’ practical ideas for increasing the complexity of choreography and effectiveness in performance within tight teaching timeframes.


  • Gain access to a range of effective resources easily deployed to improve achievement of all Dance students
  • Increase effectiveness of stretch and challenge for higher level learners
  • Obtain new teaching methods and classroom activities which can be integrated in your own Schemes of Work
  • Develop a deeper understanding of your own potential as a high achieving teacher
  • Increase the success rate of your learners
COURSE DATES London | Tuesday 12 November 2019
London | Tuesday 4 February 2020
  • Teachers of GCSE Dance
  • Heads of Department
  • Heads of Performing Arts
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 – 10.05am
Introductions and day outline

10.05– 11.00pm
What does a Band 8/9 Dance student look like?

  • Feedback from 2019: what are the characteristics of Grade 8 and 9 students?
  • What skills do we see in these students in the classroom? (Academically, choreographically, in performance)
  • How do we get them to that place? Techniques for ensuring consistency across the skills

11.00 – 11.15am
Coffee break and informal discussion

11.15 – 12.15pm
Preparing students for the written exam

  • Raising achievement for all students: Identifying the skills necessary for producing effective examination responses
  • Ensuring understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
  • Developing critical appreciation of students’ own work
  • Critical appreciation of professional works: communicating themes, characterisation effectively
  •   Feedback to groups

12.15 – 1.15 pm

1.15 – 2.15pm
Resource designing and developing, Choreographic (in groups)

  •  How to develop students as Choreographers, Action, Dynamic and Spatial content that improves all performers
  • How to help students develop and demonstrate choreographic intention
  • Maintaining style, quality and interest across the time allowed
  • Dealing with solo choreography: developing and demonstrating ideas
  • Group dances – dealing with student strengths and weaknesses as a ‘team’
  •   How do we turn a resource into something that will allow students to create a Level 8/9 response?

2.15 – 2.30 pm
Break and informal discussion

2.30 – 3.30pm
Performance Skills (in groups)

  •  Developing students to perform at a level 4/5 and 8/9 for the NEA: physical skills
  • Approaches to strengthen students’ technical skills, including those aiming for top grades
  • Teaching ideas for expressive skills – and what students should avoid doing!
  • Workshop ideas and feedback to groups

3.30 – 3.45pm
Maximising the performance of all students throughout the course

  • Identifying common difficulties with learning and analysing
  • How to make effective use of the available resources
  • Enabling learners to revise effectively: what can they do? what can we do?
  • Targeting Grade 5; Targeting Grade 9

Jason Bradley

Jason Bradley trained as a professional dancer at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance before becoming the senior dancer/teacher at Ludus Dance company. In the last 19 years he has been teaching GCSE and A Level Dance with a great deal of success. In that time he has built up a bank of resources which have been honed over time to provide excellent provision for students and teachers. Whilst Ofsted no longer grade observations in the period where they did, Jason continually received outstanding grade 1’s on each visit he took part in. He is passionate about teaching and passionate about sharing skills and good practice.

GCSE Dance