This new course will provide ideas and solutions for strengthening the performance of the less able GCSE Dance students in the classroom, studio and in their final exams. There will be a link between the theoretical and practical elements of the course and ideas for how students can use this to improve the consistency of their performance. The speaker will lead a close analysis of what students need to do in exams and practical assessments in order to succeed at GCSE Dance, with clear solutions offered to overcome problem areas for lower attaining students.


  • Identify a range of indicators that reveal the needs of lower ability students
  • Obtain new methods for boosting initial subject knowledge and understanding
  • Develop a range of teaching strategies to enhance the performance of lower ability students
  • Learn how to support lower ability students to be successful with practical assessments and in the examination
  • Explore enrichment ideas to raise motivation
COURSE DATES London Thursday 21 March 2019
London Monday 17 June 2019
  • All teachers of GCSE Dance
  • Heads of Department for Dance
  • 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 – 11.00am: Starting from where the student is

  • What can you learn from previous students’ GCSE marks?
  • Identifying lower attaining Dance students and establishing tracking methods
  • Addressing misconceptions from Key Stage 3
  • Beginning the practical assessment process – building confidence in the studio
  • Strategies for helping students to deal with and retain the knowledge required

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.30pm: Outstanding teaching: ensuring the students understand the fundamental concepts

  • The fundamental principles and skills needed for GCSE Dance
  • Solving problems in practical and theory, rather than just learning facts or enjoying dancing
  • Exemplar lesson strategies for the less able student – addressing the more difficult concepts
  • Teaching approaches to help lower attaining students get to grip with the theory
  • Ensuring consistency across the subject requirements with less able students

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 2.30pm: Giving students strategies to boost exam performance

  • Reviewing different types of questions, tasks and assessment demands
  • Teaching methods for boosting performance for Assessment Objectives 3 and 4
  • Dealing with the examination papers – practical suggestions to improve results
  • Identifying the challenging areas for weaker GCSE Dance students from the 2018 feedback

2.30 – 2.40pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


2.40 – 3.15pm: Tracking progress and intervening to improve results

  • Using data effectively to set realistic and achievable targets
  • Ensuring progress for lower attaining students in the linear GCSE Dance course
  • The standards students should reach at different points in Years 10 and 11
  • Strategies for differentiation and ensuring the lower attaining do not get left behind
  • Encouraging self-monitoring and evaluation with less able students to improve performance

3.15 – 3.45pm: Using an enrichment programme to encourage the lower attaining to succeed

  • New teaching Ideas to engage and encourage lower ability students
  • Brining the subject to life, celebrating dance
  • Proven ideas for in-class and out of hours learning which allow less able students to succeed

Yvette Jarvis

Yvette has been teaching PE and Dance for 23 years and is currently Head of Department at a school in Newham. She is an experienced examiner who became a SLE in 2012 and has undertaken outreach work and delivered CPD sessions for Dance and PE for NQT’s, GCSE and trainee teachers. Yvette’s most recent GCSE cohort achieved 75% grades 9 to 7.

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