We are delighted to welcome the GCSE Dance Set Dance Phrases choreographer to co-lead this new course, with our regular team, Kathryn Sexton and Delene Gordon. This course promises to be informative, highly worthwhile as an experience and engaging.

Teachers will not only have the opportunity to work with the choreographer herself, but will take away a range of excellent teaching strategies and approaches for all 4 set phrases. Teachers will also hear from our regular practitioners, and take away top advice on how you can improve your students’ preparation for Component 1.

You will also have the chance to take away techniques for successful video recording and tips to use when submitting practical work.


    • Work with all 4 of the set phrases throughout the day
    • Learn two set phrases in full: Scoop & Flux
    • Take away a model performance piece developed from phrases Shift & Breathe
    • Explore practical tasks designed to enhance understanding of assessment demands for Component 1: Performance
    • Take away highly effective methods to embed the assessment criteria into teaching and learning for examination success


“Enjoyable, creative, worthwhile. Educated me further in understanding the course. Thank you!” Hinckley Wood School

“Highly engaging, positively challenging and informative.” TAFPA Education Ltd

COURSE DATE London Thursday 15 November 2018
WHO FOR?  Heads of Dance
All teachers of GCSE Dance
Heads of PE
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 - 10.15am: Overview of Component 1: Performance

  • What is involved How will it be assessed?
  • How much time should I take to deliver the component?
  • What are my priorities to support maximum progress in this component?

10.15 - 11.15am: Layering the demands for Scoop & Flux (practical)

  • Understanding the assessment requirements/criteria for the set phrases
  • Short creative activities to embed the movement style in your students
  • Developing further understanding of the skill requirements of Scoop & Flux for assessment

11.15 – 11.30pm: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 1.00pm: Teaching Breathe & Flux (practical)

Each phrase will be taught separately in this session with attention to the following:

  • Demonstrating physical skills and attributes safely during performance: avoiding the pitfalls
  • Tips to improve demonstration of control, mobility, flexibility, extension and strength
  • Improving accuracy in use of action, space and dynamic, and timing content

1.00 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 2.00pm: Tracking, recording and submitting practical work for assessment<br /> (non-practical)

  • What are the mental skills and attributes and how do I support my students to demonstrate them?
  • How can I use the assessment criteria to track progress and predict achievement
  • Using high quality film recording, organizing the filming of Component 1, identifying candidates for assessment, making sure all paperwork is in order

2.00 – 2.15pm: Creating a high quality duo/ trio performance piece from set phrases Shift & Breathe in the style of Shadows (non- practical)

  • Clarifying theme, intent and meaning in Shadows
  • Identifying the action, space and dynamics of Shadows
  • Creating opportunity to demonstrate physical, technical and expressive skills through choreographic intention for your performance piece

2.15 – 2.20pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


2.20 – 3.20pm: Developing the set phrases, Shift & Breathe to create a duo/trio (practical)

  • Tasks to develop set phrases Shift & Breathe through dance style to demonstrate physical and technical skill
  • Creating opportunity to demonstrate expressive skills through choreographic intention for your performance piece

3.20 – 3.45pm: Active learning strategies for teaching and tracking progress of the set phrases and performance in a duo/ trio (non- practical)

  • Tried and tested effective teaching and learning strategies to raise achievement in performance
  • Understand what examiners are looking for and ensure it is present and clear

Kathryn Sexton

Kathryn has been teaching Dance in mixed state comprehensive schools for 25 years. She has been a Head of Dance in 3 schools and a Head of Performing Arts. She currently teaches KS3 – KS5 part-time in a school in the London Borough of Bromley. Kathryn is a Dance expert with examining experience as well as many years’ experience working with teachers to improve outcomes. From her regular and numerous visits into schools each year she has a wealth of knowledge and experience about the delivery of Dance, particularly at GCSE level. She is a highly experienced presenter for teacher training provision by one of the major examination boards, Keynote, Arts Pool and East London Dance. She is also very experienced in providing in house training in schools. She has worked closely with Arts Pool as an advisor and presenter for many of their resources. Kathryn is author of The Dance Teachers’ Survival Guide (Dance Books Ltd, 2004) and co-author of DansAthletic (East London Dance, 2008).

Delene Gordon

Delene has been involved in Dance education for over ten years, as a Dance teacher, Head of Dance and as a GCSE Examiner. As Head of Dance her students achieved results of 94% in GCSE Grades A/A* – C. She has also been a mentor to both BTs and NQTs from the University of Brighton and RAD.
A key focus area within her teaching has been developing successful and empowered dancers that can work creatively and independently, which is not just a skill for dance but a skill for life. She now works as a freelance dance artist for several organisations including Rambert Dance Company and East London Dance. She continues to dance professionally as well as expanding her teaching work.

Nikki O’Hara (22nd June only)

Choreographer of the GCSE set phrases. Nikki graduated from Bird College with a first class degree in Dance and Theatre Performance. She has had a long career as a performer with Motionhouse Dance Theatre and many other independent companies. As a Choreographer, Nikki’s work for both Bird College and Performers College has featured at Move It since 2008, as well as in the Summer Productions whilst also continuing to pursue personal projects. Nikki is also responsible for devising the boys work in the ISTD Modern Syllabus (Adv 1&2).