This course will enable teachers of A Level PE to develop strategies and teaching methods to achieve excellent results with their students. It is specifically designed to consider methods, techniques and ideas to ensure that exam and NEA results are excellent throughout your cohort in the run up to the 2019 examinations.


  • Gain informed knowledge and understanding from a subject and assessment expert
  • Learn and discuss new ways to motivate and enthuse students of all abilities
  • Take away ready to use teaching methods and pedagogical ideas for encouraging excellent final results
  • Learn ways to scaffold and develop thinking and relation to the three learning objectives so that excellence can be achieved
  • Investigate ways to maximise success when working with the highest ability students
COURSE DATE Thursday 7 November 2019
  • Teachers of A Level PE
  • Prospective teachers of A Level PE
  • Heads of department
  • Teachers with responsibility for academic PE
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full 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


10.00 – 11.15am
Looking at the demands of the course

  • Why some students do not achieve excellence in A level PE
  • Simple strategies to achieve excellence for the AQA specification
  • Using writing frames and scaffolding student progress – starting to look at the extended questions

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.15pm
Excellent exam technique

  • Examine why PE students can struggle with written examinations at A-level
  • Common shortfalls in answers which prevent excellence from being achieved
  • Examination techniques to achieve excellence for A-level PE
  • Teaching to the AQA standard
  • Strategies to develop excellent AO3 knowledge to develop extended answer responses – looking particularly at how to achieve 15/15

12.15 – 12.45pm
Excellent practical results

  • How to help students achieve excellence practically: teaching techniques and strategies
  • Ensuring that evidence is conducive to meeting requirements and justifying marks of an ‘excellent’ student
  • Ensuring success in the NEA – i.e. the characteristics of an excellent piece of work, including the AQA standard at A and A*
  • Getting the balance between breadth and depth in the analysis and evaluation to differentiate the work from the lower graded students

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.30pm
Scaffolding and enabling theoretical responses

  • Classroom ideas to enthuse and motivate to achieve excellence
  • What examiners want to credit students at an excellent level
  • Looking at exemplar responses
  • Interactive teaching of specific elements of the course – including biomechanics and psychological aspects and theories

2.30 – 2.45pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.45pm
Further ways to promote excellence

  • Classroom strategies to help the best students to learn from each other
  • Making sure students know the specification content
  • Using varied strategies including embracing technology and bringing the classroom to life
  • Strategies for monitoring progress, reassessing goals and working towards the assessments

3.45 – 4.00pm
Plenary and Depart

Ross Howitt

Ross 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.

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