Aimed at all Dance teachers preparing their year 11 for the final year of the legacy GCSE Dance examinations, this course will cover a wide range of ways you can develop the skills and techniques necessary for students to achieve excellent outcomes. Spend the day working with a leading expert in GCSE Dance and discover new and engaging ways to ensure your students are fully prepared for the exam.

  • What you can do in these final months to ensure every student is able to succeed
  • How to make a fast and effective difference to those students who are falling short of their targets
  • Successful, proven interventions to apply with students when the going gets tough

Consideration will also be given to using these strategies effectively to improve performance, choreography and appreciation with students studying for the new 2016 GCSE Dance specification.


  • Watch filmed examples of work to identify ways to develop and improve
  • Increase range of motivating teaching and revision strategies
  • Receive high quality resources to use with the students
  • Use strategies to also raise achievement in 2016 Dance

“A really well planned course with excellent resources and great ideas for creative tasks.” – Langley Park School For Boys, Friday 13th January 2017



COURSE DATE Available In-School only
WHO FOR?  GCSE Dance Teachers

Heads of 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 – 11.30am: Choreography: Identifying key demands for success in Unit 4a

Discussion will be based on filmed examples of student work in this session

  • What qualities and skills are required to achieve the key grades?
  • Marking and assessment using detailed marking grids
  • Setting targets for students – to develop the qualities needed for the highest grades
  • Intervention activities to make sure students achieve that vital pass grade

11.30 – 11.45am: Recognising and improving what we do already to raise achievement

  • A discussion of delegates’ ideas

11.45 – 12.00pm: Discussion: coffee break


12.00 – 1.00pm: Identifying the key demands for success in 4b tasks

Discussion will be based on filmed examples of student work in this session

  • Suggestions for improving 4b choreographies
  • Effective ways to raise achievement in this assessment piece
  • Identifying where students are not hitting the assessment criteria
  • Successful strategies to help students hit the gaps in the assessment criteria and make the key leap between grades

1.00pm – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 3.00pm: Performance: achieving well in Units 2 and 3

  • What does great performance look like at GCSE level?
  • Quick and effective strategies for improving performance
  • Ideas for improving performance in group pieces
  • Understanding and using the assessment criteria to raise standards

3.00 – 3.15pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.15 – 3.40pm: Appreciation: preparing for unit 1

  • What types of examination questions and common vocabulary to expect
  • What the examiner is looking for in student responses to the prescribed set works
  • Lesson activities to develop appreciation skills and use of key vocabulary for the written paper
  • Useful resources to use immediately with your students

Kathryn Sexton

Kathryn Sexton 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).