How can you reach those students who need that extra push? These students could be mid to low ability, they could be unmotivated or simply underperforming. In an increasingly pressured classroom and the new Progress 8 measure it is essential teachers are able to plan personalised and engaging lessons that promote achievement for all. This course will help you plan and is full of practical tried and tested advice and tips that will you get the best from all your students.

The course is intended for all teachers looking for approaches and strategies to use with their own students, HODs looking to tackle underperformance, and teachers wanting to audit their current provision and develop new approaches in light of developments and changes in specifications.


  • Take away practical tips and strategies that engage and motivate middle to lower ability students
  • Develop new and engaging approaches for the weaker student to drawing and recording ideas through written annotation for
  • Explore Component 1 & 2 of the new specification and develop new ideas and approaches to benefit all your students
  • Explore differentiation strategies to help you meet the varying needs of mixed ability classes
  • Increase your knowledge of practical Assessment for Learning to help build independence and ownership


COURSE DATE London Monday 15 October 2018
London Monday 10 December 2018
  • All teachers of Art, Craft & Design, or any of the Art endorsement
  • Heads of Department
  • 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 – 11.30am: Practical Strategies that Engage and Motivate the Weaker Art & Design Student

  • Review the 2018 examiners reports and area problematic for our low attainers
  • Identify which issues impact the progression of your students
  • Explore tried and tested strategies that can engage and motivate lower ability students: – assessment for learning, student reflection, behaviour management techniques, rewards…
  • Developing positive understanding of the assessment criteria to improve outcomes, independence and ownership
  • Consider all the untapped resources you may have within your department, school or community to help raise achievement

11.30 – 11.45am: Discussion: coffee break


11.45 – 12.30pm: Tackling the written element and the challenges for weaker students

  • Explore how can you make writing accessible to students and ensure they are meeting the requirements within Assessment Objective 1 & 3
  • Consider how you can develop habits so students are familiar with artist research from KS3 into KS4
  • Explore how to promote the use of technical language and break down the analytical process into manageable chunks

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 2.30pm: Engaging Approaches to the New Compulsory Elements: Drawing

  • How to engage the weaker student in being excited about drawing
  • Consider what drawing could be and what its purpose is in the context of the work
  • Promote drawing from direct observation, sketching, recording thoughts through annotated sketches, drawing though print and other creative methods

2.30 – 2.45pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


2.45 – 3.45pm: Component 1 & 2: Planning for Engagement and Achievement Within a Mixed Ability Class

  • Explore engaging projects and consider timing and structure that will maximise outcomes. Consider themes within projects that will engage all learners, for example boys
  • Consider the sort of techniques that will help develop Assessment Objective 2 and help the weaker students engage in the processes for example with printmaking, digital editing and spray-painting
  • Explore ways of making sure students have independence and ownership of their ideas. Consider ways of target setting and structuring lessons to ensure those students are able to progress
  • Explore the use of sketchbook, display boards and books. How do these increase motivation and improve presentation?

3.45 – 4.00pm: Future Planning and Reflection

Becky Mizon

Becky is a highly experienced Director of Faculty encompassing Art (specialism), Textiles, Photography and D&T and Catering. In recent years, she has taken an underperforming department and successfully built a high achieving team with excellent outcomes for students. Both her department and her teaching have consistently been judged as ‘outstanding.’ Whilst at her current school GCSE results have doubled; uptake has drastically improved and student engagement and passions for learning are strong.

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