This course will provide outstanding sessions for all teachers of A level Art & Design who are looking to raise attainment levels and motivate real engagement in and enthusiasm for the subject.

Teachers will discover new approaches to delivery, with case studies, schemes and planning. The course aims to provide teachers not only with new teaching approaches to help students struggling with ability, poor self-motivation and low cultural capital, but also key techniques to ensure increased examination success.

This new course is a must for all teachers looking to support struggling students, those who are a facing a more challenging cohort, and teachers looking to refresh, expand and explore their delivery approaches for mixed ability groups.


  • Address the issues of taking on the lower ability students
  • Find alternative approaches to the delivery of Component 1
  • Learn from case studies and managing the written element
  • Take away practical projects to use straight away
  • Increase confidence in teaching pure skills
COURSE DATE London Thursday 6 June 2019
  • Heads of Art and Design
  • Teachers of Art
  • New, early careers teachers taking on A Level Art
  • Teachers looking to refresh their delivery
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 – 10.30am
Creating a more stable bridge

  • Discussing uptake, accepting lower GCSE grades and the problems that this creates?
  • Looking at the transitional issues facing students from GCSE to A Level – the areas of additional demand at A-level Art and Design
  • Integrating external students
  • Assessing performance and ability quickly to ensure lower ability progression

10.30 – 11.15am
Planning Your Two Year Course For Mixed Ability/Lower Attaining Students

  • First impressions count – how do we start our courses? Examples of the first lessons
  • Suggestions for how to get a group dynamic for support, enthusiasm and engagement, quickly
  • Ice breaking for low ability. Practical tasks that Level the playing field and engage from the start
  • Exemplar course planning with a visual guide to setting out the whole course a year and a term at a time
  • Using a Feedback booklet for communication between staff and students

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 1.00pm
Approaches to drawing, visual research, 3D and Design and how to achieve the CONSISTENT and CONFIDENT mark bands of the four Assessment Objectives for the lower ability

This session explores the techniques and approaches used to improve the basic Formal Element skills of the lower ability students. It includes:

  • Focus on Assessment Objectives and criteria required to achieve the higher band marks: where the less able struggle in A-level Art and Design formal assessments
  • Practical strategies for The Foundation approach to moving beyond GCSE, playful mark making and skills
  • The technical areas of difficulty for less able Art and Design students and approaches to overcome these
  • Practical strategies for exemplar approach to creating the ‘buzz’ – A Happening (4.31min, 3.32min)

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 2.45pm
IMPROVING Lower Ability students’ written Skills

  • Tackling the problems of literacy. Dealing with how students talk and communicate verbally and how this impacts on professional writing styles
  • Dealing with student misconceptions about literacy and its importance in Art
  • An Approach to improving writing about Art. How to encourage the desire to improve
  • Exemplar and case studies from students’ first writing to their final essays

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
What the moderators are looking for: individuality, creativity, the ‘journey’ of a project and skills

  • How to bench mark and break down the work for low ability students
  • Suggestions for quick ways to get the ideas started
  • How to tailor and adapt projects to suit your lesson time provision and individual student needs
  • Showcasing course projects to take away and try out
  • What students’ think – direct feedback- video 6 minute clip

Anne-Louise Quinton

Anne-Louise has been a Secondary Art and Design teacher at an inner city Academy school in Bradford for 24 years. The school has a very diverse ethnic and mixed ability cohort, including many students with physical and learning disabilities, pupil premium, LAC and FSM taking Art. She has successfully taught GCSE and A Level Art and Design as well as Part 1 GNVQ at Key Stage 4 and the Level 3 GNVQ in Art and Design and AVCE in Communication Design. Anne-Louise has helped to achieve excellent results and many students have gone on to successful careers in the creative industries.

For the past three years Anne-Louise has been working closely with the Faculty of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds delivering courses and workshops to other GCSE and A Level art teachers with alternative approaches to delivering the new A Level Art and Design course and embedding the new literacy requirements into the course. She has also produced the teacher education packs and delivered teacher days for the Arts Council Collection Southbank Touring exhibitions at the Longside Gallery at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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