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Brilliant KS3 PE Teaching

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This new course is designed for all teachers of PE to reinvigorate their teaching of KS3 PE. The course will focus on exploring the unique challenges and characteristics of a vibrant curriculum that fosters a passion for PE among all students in their early secondary years. The course also will provide a range of teaching ideas, methods and approaches for KS3 PE which are designed to secure the best possible outcomes in KS3 to prepare pupils to flourish and excel at GCSE and beyond. With the recent increased focus on quality of teaching, learning and achievement at KS3, this course will also help PE departments to look closely at their curriculum, reshaping, re-evaluating and rejuvenating to ensure a strong KS3 programme which effectively develops learners and builds knowledge and skills.


  • Identify the main areas where students lose marks when answering exam questions
  • Identify the range of question types
  • Focus on how to extract information from a question to allow access to all the marks available
  • Analysing how; a lack of sporting examples, repetition of AO1 information, failure to focus on key terms, insufficient points and vague comments can impact the final outcome
  • Develop strategies for student self-monitoring and evaluation of their exam technique
  • Develop an understanding of accurate staff and peer marking


What do we want out of KS3 PE?

10.00 – 10.50am
  •  What constitutes a rich, engaging and stimulating KS3 PE curriculum?
  • Defining the range and balance of knowledge and skills needed at this level, and how this relationship underpin success at GCSE and beyond
  • What is the purpose (intent) of KS3 PE?
  • What does student progress in KS3 PE look like?
  • Developing a coherent approach to long term curriculum planning


10.50 – 11.10am

Effective Sequencing and Planning for Your KS3 Curriculum

11.10 – 12.00pm
  • Selecting the best curriculum model for KS3
  • Planning brilliant sequences of learning for KS3
  • How to successfully implement your KS3 curriculum to nurture imaginative and skilled learners ready for GCSE excellence
  • What to teach – Engaging your students with relevant content
  • Interleaving content across the years – helping students make progress in long-term knowledge and skill acquisition

Context and Challenges: Being Ambitious at KS3

12.00 – 12.45pm
  • How does ‘teaching to the top’ challenge and stimulate all students?
  • What do we need to do to ensure that all students make excellent progress?
  • How can we build ambitious and innovative learning into KS3 teaching?
  • What role do curiosity and imagination play in the implementation of deep learning?


12.45 – 1.45pm

Key Stage 3 Beyond the curriculum

1.45 – 2.35pm
  • Aiding progress through inclusive approaches to extra-curricular and enrichment
  • The best learners are independent learners – developing students’ independent learning skills
  • Developing cultural capital – finding opportunities to extend learning through enrichment
  • Making connections with other subjects – strengthening the overlaps


2.35 –2.45pm

Getting Assessment at KS3 Right

2.45 – 3.30pm
  • 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

Accurate Staff and Peer Marking

3.00 – 3.40pm
  • Different approaches to diagnostic, formative and summative assessment
  • Best practice methods to tracking, monitoring and measuring progress at KS3
  • What to do with student data – analysing results to promote progress
  • Effective feedback and student responses – what to say to students and how to say it
  • Making the most of the end of Year 9




London | Friday 08 March 2024
London | Friday 08 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.


Will Swaithes is an experienced teacher, teacher educator and leader of teaching and learning. With nearly 20 years’ experience in education, Will became an Advanced Skills Teacher in 2006 and has been innovating curriculum design ever since.  Following 4 successful years as Head of Physical Education and Achievement for Youth Sport Trust, Will now provides mentoring support for the leadership of PE in 22 schools  across Nottinghamshire and  operates as a consultant for Sport England to advise 10 Teaching School Alliances nationally to transform their offer.


  • Heads of PE
  • KS3 PE leads
  • Teachers involved in developing the PE curriculum l ECT and experienced PE teachers looking to get the most out of KS3


  • 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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