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Aiming for Grades 7 – 9 in OCR GCSE Physical Education

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This course, updated for Autumn 2022 is focused on meeting the demands of the higher level marking bands across all components. It examines the characteristics of work produced by students working at the highest levels and provides a range of teaching approaches and materials designed to ensure students achieve 7-9 in OCR GCSE PE.


  • Gain an informed understanding of what is required to achieve grades 7-9
  • Explore ideas and approaches that enable students to reach the highest grades possible in both the practical and written elements
  • Understand the assessment demands of the OCR GCSE PE specification
  • Find out more about where marks are gained and lost
  • Develop practical strategies for meeting the requirements of the higher bands across all components
  • Increase confidence in preparing candidates to achieve Grades 7-9
  • Experience interactive assessment exercises, with other delegates, to apply the assessment criteria to both practical activities and the AEP


Focused deep dive on the demands of the OCR GCSE specification

10.00 – 10.40am
  • Examine the assessment demands of all components including the use of assessment objectives as a framework for assessment
  • Consider the most effective models for delivery of the course to ensure effective assessment practice across 2 years and in all components
  • Explore feedback from the most recent exam series – How did your students perform, what went well and what needs to change for 2024?
  • Do current students know what they need to do to ensure that they achieve the maximum grades



10.40 – 11.00am

Achieving Grades 7 – 9 n OCR GCSE PE: what does it involve?

11.00 – 11.45am
  • Review characteristics of Grades 7 – 9 students
  • Grades 7, 8, and 9; what are the differences between these?
  • Explore feedback from the most recent exam series – How did your students perform, what went well and what needs to change for 2024?
  • A 2 year course overview with the focus on accessing the top grades
  • Lessons learnt from the most recent examination series for able students, including on the written paper

The Written Papers: Exam Questions and Strategies to support high level students

11.45 – 1.00pm
  • Identifying the range of question types on both J587/01 and J587/02; multiple choice, short structured, longer structured, data response and extended synoptic questions
  • Problems created by not reading the question fully – examples of how marks are lost
  • Most successful questions
  • Least successful questions
  • Potential 7 – 9 – candidates – maximising all the marks available
  • Exam technique errors and how to avoid these common mistakes
  • Extended Synoptic questions
  • Strategies to access Level 3 in the extended questions



1.00 – 2.00pm

The NEA: Maximising NEA Outcomes to Access Top Level Marks

2.00 – 3.00pm
  • How to achieve the highest grades for NEA practical
  • Review examples of NEA at Grades 7 – 9, what top level students do
  • Characteristics of the most successful candidates in the NEA
  • A closer look at coursework, the pitfalls and the best practice examples
  • Boosting students from a grade 5/6 in their coursework to a 7-9 grade whilst following the JCQ rules


Afternoon break

3.00 – 3.05pm

Strategies to really stretch top end students

3.05 – 3.45pm
  • Discover ways to take a good PE student and make them a great PE student
  • How to structure NEAswhich allows for student autonomy
  • Creating opportunities to learn from peers, and using the resources available within your school
  • Use whole class research to reduce revision for the written papers
  • Be creative with student your written answers to ensure complete clarity in the exam hall





London | Wednesday 15 November 2023
London | Friday 23 February 2024

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London | Wednesday 15 November 2023
London | Friday 23 February 2024

This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Diane Skelly has a wealth of experience in the delivery of examinations of Physical Education at both GCSE, AS and A Level. She is currently employed in an Ofsted graded Outstanding Physical Education department in a large, mixed secondary school. She has over twenty years’ experience in all aspects of examining and moderating with one of the major examination boards. She has a very pragmatic and structured approach to the preparation of students for formal examinations for Physical Education and her courses seek to share this approach with delegates.


  • Teachers of OCR GCSE PE
  • Heads of Department
  • Teachers considering changing to OCR GCSE PE


  • A specially prepared folder 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

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