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AQA A Level PE: Achieving Success in the NEA

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In this New course, you will maximise success with effective strategies for the crucial non-examined assessment. Delegates will engage with a full range of example assessments and also improve their ability to show candidates at the mark they have awarded. Led by our highly experienced expert Ross Howitt, the course will show how to organise, teach and mark student work across all the assessed areas to ensure that all students succeed in their AQA A level PE practical performance.


  • Take away the latest key advice on how to ensure students achieve the highest grades possible for NEA
  • Getting to grips with the specification content and the requirements of the NEA component (including the written coursework)
  • Organising and timing the assessment of the practical activities
  • Preparing students for the NEA with suggested strategies for delivery and assessment
  • Administrative guidelines for the submission of NEA assessments
  • Engage with a full range of example assessments


Overview, principles and aims of the assessments

10.00 – 10.45am
  • Get to grips with the requirements of the NEA component
  • Analyse the content and structure of the assessments
  • Key messages from 2023
  • Deal with initial questions and answers
  • What makes the best students stand out in their Practical Performance?
  • Top tips for ensuring student consistency across the Practical Performance elements and across sports
  • Helping students see the connections between NEA and exam work: teaching techniques that work


Discussion: coffee break

10.45 – 11.00am

Success with the NEA assessments – Practical

11.00 – 12.30pm
  • Teaching requirements to ensure successful NEA in the practical areas in which students struggle and how to approach these when teaching
  • In-depth coverage of the moderation and activity requirements
  • Practical performance – analyse footage and expectations for successful approaches
  • Ways to present evidence to maximise the chances of problem-free moderation
  • Take part in a peer-led standardisation exercise using the assessment matrix


Lunch and informal discussion

12.30 – 1.30pm

Analysis and Evaluation task

1.30 – 2.30pm
  • Explore the grading criteria for students’ responses and what this means for your teaching
  • Explore best practice for preparing students for top marks in the Analysis and Evaluation task – where do students lose and gain marks
  • Understanding the difference between breadth and depth
  • How to use breadth or depth for the analysis and depth (only) for the evaluation


Discussion: afternoon tea

2.30 – 2.45pm

Marking and Moderating

2.45 – 3.45pm
  • Administrative guidelines and why it is crucial to complete them accurately
  • Take part in a peer-led standardisation exercise using the assessment matrix
  • How best to use previously moderated work to improve student performance


London | Friday 24 November 2023

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London | Friday 24 November 2023

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.


Ross Howitt is Principal Moderator and Coursework Advisor for a major exam board. He has managed a strong team of teachers in one of the country’s largest and most successful providers of A Level Physical Education and brings a wealth of experience to this course. Ross has a strong reputation for delivering focused and informative INSET courses and is a regular provider of articles and information to a number of educational periodicals. He provides educational consultancy in schools/ colleges around the country.


  • All Teachers delivering or planning to deliver the AQA A Level PE specification
  • Heads of 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


“The course leader was great in engaging with the group, she shared bucket loads of ideas and strategies to use in the classroom. I will be adapting the resources to ensure students secure top marks for the exams. “

The de Ferrers Academy | November 2023 

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