This course is specifically targeted and designed for all teachers starting to teach GCSE Dance for the first time, and who have not taken students through the AQA GCSE Dance specification before. The day will give delegates tips, realistic practical advice and guidance and ideas on how to deliver the course with minimum stress whilst maintaining student achievement.

This course will be of benefit to teachers who are new to teaching GCSE Dance or are new to the 2016 specification.


  • Explore how to bring the specification to life in your lessons
  • Gain top teaching tips and realistic practical advice based on current practice
  • Take away tried and tested ideas on how to teach the course to maximise student potential
  • Take away a full pack of resources and a SOW for teaching immediately in your lessons
  • Discuss examples of student work of different standards



“A very useful course with excellent delivery and resources.” Ashton on Mersey School

“Excellent to be given the overview from someone who is currently teaching the course. Great opportunity to network and find sources of help.” De La Salle St Helens


COURSE DATES London Thursday 26 April 2018
London Thursday 28 June 2018
Birmingham Thursday 18 October 2018
WHO FOR?  Dance RQT’s and NQT’s
New teachers of GCSE Dance
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 - 10.45am: Subject content of the specification

  • What’s involved in the course? (Performance/ Choreography/ Appreciation)
  • Where can I streamline?
  • What are the standards?
  • Where do I get key information from? Using e-AQA effectively

10.45 - 11.00am: Discussion: coffee break


11.00 - 12.30pm: Component 1: Teaching performance and choreographic skills

  • Layered learning of subject content linking to set phrases and anthology works
  • Ways to develop the skills students need to demonstrate for the set phrases and duet/ trio assessment
  • Handling different types of stimuli to develop students’ choreographic skills
  • How do I know when a student has reached the top of the assessment bands?

12.30 - 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 - 2.45pm: Component 2: The Written Paper

  • How to approach the teaching of the Dance Anthology works: effective written and practical strategies
  • Looking at the themes and dance styles of anthology works
  • What are the key points for examination success in component 2?
  • How do I know if my students are writing well?

2.45 - 3.10pm: Preparing students for the assessments and examination

  • Moderation issues: school-based and external requirements
  • Differentiated approaches to encourage learning and using appreciation skills for the written paper
  • Types of examination questions – what to expect and how to achieve good marks

3.10 – 3.15pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.15 – 3.45pm: Planning your course and assessments over 2 years

  • What is the best way to structure my course? Discuss an exemplar SOWs
  • Resources and facilities vital to support students aiming for the higher grades
  • Preparing students for the assessments and examination
  • Moderation issues: school-based and external requirements

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).