This course is intended for Art and Design teachers who are teaching the A Level Art and Design Graphic Communication endorsement who wish to ensure the high achievement of students on this course. By providing tried and tested teaching frameworks, resources and techniques, the course aims to help teachers build a successful learning framework as well as exploring successful methods, ideas and work platforms to help raise attainment in students across all abilities.


  • Take away practical tips and strategies for building your own programme of study for a successful A Level graphics course that will get the most from all of your students
  • Learn how to structure a successful 2 year course for all abilities to improve retention and raise attainment within the department
  • Gain a sound understanding of how to meet the assessment objectives for Graphics students following the A Level specification. (particularly suited to AQA spec)
  • Gain a better understanding of how to raise achievement for all abilities in the course 
  • Develop your expertise in attaining maximum student grades within each component
COURSE DATE London Monday 19 November 2018
  • Heads of Art Craft and Design wanting to develop new or existing Graphic endorsements
  • A Level Graphics Teachers
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: Structuring an effective course in relation to the requirements of the specification

  • Core Design skills and the project based approach in year 12
  • Do’s and Don’ts in the first year
  • Exam board expectations
  • Feedback from the 2018 examination series- using this information to improve student performance and understanding within this current series
  • Physical and digital platforms for communication
  • Monitoring and assessing student progress at key points in the course

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.30pm: Enhancing student performance across all abilities

  • Managing the varying skill set in the classroom
  • 10 important things to embed into students daily practice
  • Using Google Cloud and the Google Classroom to support Teaching and Learning
  • Developing Self-Reflective and Collaborative practice
  • How can you stretch and support all groups of learners
  • Challenging B to A* students

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 2.15pm: Successful delivery of Component 1 Personal Investigation

  • Supporting students in this component
  • Building key stages of development within the creative design project
  • Strategies for writing an effective essay in Graphics
  • What should the creative journey look like for a graphics student? How to hit the higher marks through a confident journey?
  • What should final Graphic outcomes look like for an A* student?
  • Examples of student work

2.15 – 2.30pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


2.30 – 3.30pm: Successful delivery of Component 2 Externally set assignment

  • How to get the most from each exam question theme
  • Working to a personalised scenario and brief
  • Time Frameworks and structure within the exam project
  • Successful approaches to using the 15 hours of supervised time to conclude the project
  • Examples of student work
  • Student self directed curation for end of year exhibitions

3.30 – 3.45pm: Questions, future planning and reflection

Michael Robinson

Michael is a Head of Department at an OFSTED Outstanding sixth form college in the North East of England. He has been teaching within Secondary and Higher Education both nationally and internationally for 23 years and is also an A level Art and Design moderator.

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