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Creating an Outstanding Physical Education Curriculum (KS3-KS5)

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This new course aims to guide teachers in designing an outstanding, well-structured and coherent Physical Education curriculum, encompassing Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 – core, GCSE &/ or vocational, and Key Stage 5 – A-Level &/ or vocational. Delegates will explore ways to sequence topics and align learning objectives with assessments. Ensuring your core PE offer meets the needs of all but also feeds nicely into your examination options requires a careful structure of pathways and a seamless progression of learning experiences from Year 7 to Year 13


  • Gain a deeper understanding of curriculum design principles and how to apply them effectively to create a coherent and progressive PE curriculum
  • Acquire practical strategies for aligning learning objectives with assessments, ensuring a targeted and purposeful approach to student learning at each stage
  • Learn how to integrate theoretical work into the curriculum to enhance students’ conceptual understanding and scientific skills without taking away from physical activity time
  • Explore ways to connect cross-curricular themes, fostering real-world applications of Physical Education and engaging students’ curiosity and interest
  • Develop personalised action plans to design or enhance the PE curriculum, tailored to the needs of your students in your school context


Key Essentials: What Makes a Rich and Flexible PE Curriculum

10.00 – 10.30am
  • Creating a well-planned, ambitious and relevant Physical Education curriculum which is thoughtfully implemented and sequenced from Year 7 through to Year 13
  • The key components of curriculum design: learning objectives, content selection and the role of assessments
  • The integration of theoretical knowledge: building hands-on experiences to enhance understanding
  • Examining your current curriculum and the extent to which it comprehensively takes the journey through developing the knowledge, understanding and skills required for final outcomes

Innovative Strategies and Ideas for a Successful Curriculum

10.30 – 11.10am
  • Practical ways to ensure a broad and coherent course of study which encourages, promotes and stimulates a cohesive approach
  • What students should be able to demonstrate at the end of each assessment point/ year
  • Ways to demonstrate and communicate high academic standards and other achievements in PE
  • Considerations of Social Justice and Physical Literacy to inform your curricula approach
  • Exploring links between PE and other subjects, real-world applications and global challenges
  • Developing skills: integrating critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, teamwork, leadership skills and more through a concept curriculum


11.10 – 11.30am

Examining your Curriculum

11.30 – 12.10pm
  • Planning Year 7 to 13 structures – content, development and growth of the key skills and knowledge
  • Exploring the idea of personalised pathways
  • What’s in the plan? Ideas and strategies to broaden student experiences and interests, develop imagination, foster creativity and make it work in your curriculum design
  • Crafting clear and progressive learning objectives that can be adapted to suit the needs of different groups
  • Mapping objectives to assessment: aligning learning outcomes with suitable assessment methods throughout the progression
  • Considerations for incorporating formative and summative assessments


12.10 – 1.10pm

Sequencing Topics for Learning and Rapid Progression

1.10 – 1.50pm
  • Determining the logical sequence of topics to build upon prior knowledge and ensure smooth progression
  • Balancing breadth and depth, ensuring an optimal balance between conceptual understanding and knowledge retention
  • Identifying age-appropriate practical activities and their role in conceptual development
  • Activities that reinforce theoretical concepts and develop practical skills over time

Establishing a Wider or ‘Super-Curriculum’ into your Curriculum Programming& Structure

1.50 – 2.30pm
  • Approaches to incorporate the ‘wider’ curriculum – so that enriching experiences have a direct impact on learning and study excellent learning and high standard outcomes
  • Stretching able students in higher order thinking, advancing intellectual curiosity
  • Ways to grow thoughtful and resilient learners who enjoy learning through your curriculum
  • Exploring links between PE and other subjects, real-world applications and global challenges


2.30 – 2.35pm

Assessment, Marking and Feedback

2.35 – 3.15pm
  • Embedding formative and summative assessment throughout KS3, KS4, and KS5: When? How? The Outcomes?
  • Techniques for effective feedback to guide student learning and progress
  • Adapting the curriculum to support learners with varying levels of prior knowledge, skills, different learning styles, abilities, and needs

Creating a Personalised Action

3.15 – 3.40pm
  • Consider how to apply the knowledge and skills gained to your specific context
  • Creating a personalised action plan: steps for designing or enhancing the PE curriculum, taking into account the needs of your students and schoo




London | Tuesday 19 March 2024

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London | Wednesday 15 November 2023
London | Tuesday 19 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 departments seeking to improve curriculum coherence and effectiveness
  • PE teachers at Key Stage 3, and 5
  • Senior leaders involved in designing or refining the PE curriculum
  • New teachers looking to build a solid foundation in curriculum design for Physical Education


  • 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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