Monday 20 May 2013
Wednesday 13 November 2013
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Course Description and Aims
Changes in accessibility to photography have made this a vibrant growth area for GCSE courses in Art and Design. This course will advise you as to how you can tailor make a GCSE course to suit the needs of your pupils at your school. There will be an opportunity to look at the different exam board structures, the logistics and the practicalities of setting up the course.
Exemplar schemes of work will be shared. We will also look at how assessment objectives can be effectively met and how a scheme of work can be constructively written and resourced. Online support and materials will be highlighted.
What are the benefits of attending this course?
By the end of this course, delegates should be confident in being able to:
- Write and set up a highly effective course
- Deal with all of the practical and logistical aspects of doing this
- Understand how GCSE assessment objectives are successfully met
- Show preparatory evidence in a clear and decisive way
- Present and complete units of work
- Inspire students through exciting and motivating lessons
- Support students to be very successful in their examinations
Who should attend?
All teachers of GCSE Art, Craft and Design, ICT and Media Studies teachers and technicians
Resources & Materials
- On arrival at this course you will receive a specially prepared file containing detailed notes, teaching materials and resources which will be of immediate practical benefit in the classroom
- You will also receive a full set of additional resources electronically
Course Leader: Susan Coles
Susan Coles is an Arts and Creativity consultant and practising artist. Susan works across the UK in an advisory/consultancy role for several local authorities and has “hands on” regular contact with pupils in the classroom. She has just completed a Masters in Fine Art and Education and has a strong awareness of contemporary issues within the subject in both pedagogy and content. She also writes resources for a number of art galleries and organisations and is a member of the NSEAD board of council and professional development board.
10.00 – 11.10am: Setting up and planning a Course Structure
- The growth of GCSE Photography as a stand-alone qualification and as part of other endorsed GCSE Art syllabuses
- The developments in technology which make this a viable option
- Exam statistics and comments from exam boards
- Photography as an alternative way of engaging learners, especially boys
- Starting from scratch: what you will need, hardware, software, time, resources, training
- Budgets and convincing others of the value of setting up a course
11.10 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break
11.30 – 1.00pm: Preparing for the exam and examples of good exemplar projects
- Which exam board best suits the needs of my school?
- Exemplar work: projects and resources to see and share
- Teaching and Learning approaches proven to work
- Recording the process, and meeting assessment objectives
- Marking a piece of work, group task
- Artists/ photographers, now, then and the future!
1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion
2.00 – 2.30pm: Resources, lesson planning and logistics
- Audit of what already happens and identifying the gaps
- Where do I start and what support do I need?
- Managing the technology: cameras, computers, printers, IT support
- Timings and targets
- How to deliver complex material in a clear and exciting way
- Examples of great lessons to inspire pupils
2.30 – 3.30pm: Group task: writing a model scheme of work for the GCSE Photography course
- Target audience, who am I writing this for?
- Themes and topics, resources and stimulus
- Structure and timings within the SOW
3.30 – 3.50pm: Group sharing of SOW. Next steps, feedback and plenary
“Fantastic! Lots of ideas – feel very inspired and ready to try new projects with my students. The course leader was great, moving at a suitable pace and including time for discussion.”
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