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Outstanding Assessment, Marking and Feedback in AQA A-Level PE

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This new course designed to empower teachers of AQA A-Level Physical Education to enhance their assessment, marking, and feedback practices, ultimately leading to improved student outcomes. Participants will gain a deep understanding of the AQA A-Level PE grading criteria and develop practical strategies for effective marking, tracking, and providing targeted feedback. The course will also cover standardisation, including moderation, to ensure accuracy and consistency in assessment. Delegates will have the knowledge and tools to implement outstanding assessment practices that support student progress and achievement


  • Gain a thorough understanding of the AQA A-Level PE grading criteria and assessment requirements.
  • Develop effective and efficient marking and feedback strategies to save time while maximising impact.
  • Strengthen your ability to track and monitor student progress, identifying areas for improvement and intervention.
  • Acquire standardisation techniques, ensuring  consistency and fairness in assessment across the department.


Understanding AQA A-Level PE Assessment Criteria

10.00 – 10.40am
  • Overview of the AQA A-Level PE grading criteria and assessment objectives
  • Understand how marks are awarded across different assessment objectives
  • Differentiate between levels of performance and identify key indicators for each level
  • Exploring examples of top-quality work to set benchmarks for excellence
  • Identifying common misconceptions and pitfalls in assessment

Marking Masterclass – Best Practices for Efficient and Accurate Marking

10.40 – 11.10am
  • A practical exam marking session
  • An opportunity to mark, assess and grade student work
  • Peer-assessment and self-assessment techniques to engage students in the process
  • How accurate is your marking?


11.10 – 11.25am

Ensuring Accuracy and Consistency of Marking

11.25 – 12.15pm
  • Develop techniques to maintain accuracy consistency in marking across different components and exam papers
  • Understand the importance of adhering to AQA’s standardisation procedures
  • Addressing potential biases in grading and marking
  • Strategies for effective moderation and standardisation – ensuring consistent assessment across the department

Tracking and Monitoring Assessment

12.15 – 12.45pm
  • Creating effective tracking systems to monitor individual and cohort-wide progress
  • Using assessment data to identify strengths and weaknesses in student performance
  • Analysing trends and patterns to inform instructional decisions


12.45 – 1.45pm

Effective Feedback Techniques

1.45 – 2.30pm
  • Explore various strategies for providing constructive and actionable feedback to students
  • Highlight strengths and weaknesses in student work using the marking criteria as a reference
  • Incorporating feedback into the teaching and learning cycle – methods to encourage student engagement with feedback and facilitate their progress
  • Strategies for time-efficient feedback, especially in large class sizes


2.30 – 2.35pm

Implementing Intervention Strategies to Support Students

2.35 – 3.15pm
  • Identifying students (thriving and struggling) who may benefit from additional support or extension
  • Implementing targeted interventions to address students’ personal needs
  • Collaborating with staff and parents to create a complete approach to intervention
  • Monitoring the impact of interventions and adjusting strategies as needed

Self-Reflection and Action Planning

3.15 – 3.40pm
  •  Reflecting on personal assessment and marking practices
  • Identifying areas for improvement
  • Developing an action plan for implementing changes




London | Thursday 07 December 2023
London | Monday 18 March 2024

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London | Thursday 07 December 2023
London | Monday 18 March 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.


Ross Howitt works as a Principal Moderator, Coursework Advisor and Lead Examiner for major examining boards. He has many published educational works and provides a strong, informative focus on all matters relating to academic Physical Education. He 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 and overseas.


  • Teachers of AQA A-Level PE
  • Heads of department or Subject Leaders seeking to improve the department’s assessment practices
  • PE Teachers interested in enhancing their understanding of effective assessment, marking, and feedback in AQA A-Level 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

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