Please note, this course will be held online on the designated date if it’s not possible to run in venues.


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.

We will also explore the key messages and information that teachers need to know from the 2018 assessments, to help develop your teaching.


  • 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
DATES & LOCATION:   London | Friday 03 July 2020
  • Dance RQT’s and NQT’s
  • New teachers of GCSE Dance
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 – 10.45am
Subject content of the specification

  • What’s involved in the course? (Performance/ Choreography/ Appreciation)
  • Where can I streamline?
  • What are the standards from the 2018 series?
  • Where do I get key information from? Using e-AQA effectively
  • What can we learn from the 2018 examination board feedback? A review of student strengths and weaknesses and how to utilise that information in:
    • Component 1: Performance tasks
    • Component 1: Choreography task
    • Component 2: Written paper: structure and areas of knowledge

10.45 – 11.00am
Discussion and coffee break

11.00 – 12.00pm
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?
  • Teaching lower ability students to ensure success

12.00 – 12.30pm
Finding movement material: lesson ideas and strategies to teach choreographic skills

  • Successful strategies to prepare students for the choreography assessments

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Component 2: The Written Paper

  • Types of examination questions – what to expect and how to achieve good marks
  • 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?
  • Differentiated approaches to encourage learning and using appreciation skills for the written paper

2.30 – 2.45pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.30pm
Planning your course and assessments over 2 years

  • What is the best way to structure my course? Discuss an exemplar SOW
  • Resources and facilities vital to support students aiming for the higher grades
  • Preparing students for the assessments and examination
  • Understanding standards from the 2018 series

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).

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