This course will enable teachers of AQA GCSE PE to develop strategies and teaching methods to increase the number of grades 7 to 9 within their school or college.


  • Gain informed knowledge and understanding from a renowned expert
  • Explore new methods to enthuse those who are potentially grade 7 to 9
  • Take away ready to use teaching methods and pedagogical ideas to maximise achievement
  • Learn more about the main reasons why students fall short of grade 7
  • Learn ways to address shortfalls to attain the desired grades
COURSE DATES London Tuesday 16 July 2019
London Thursday 5 December 2019
  • Teachers of GCSE Level PE
  • Prospective teachers of GCSE 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
Main lessons to be learnt from the 2018 assessments

  • What made a grade 7 to 9 student, including details of the boundaries for each component and how they fitted together to form an overall grade boundary
  • What makes a 7 to 9 student, based on student responses in 2018
  • The balance between practical (NEA ) and theoretical examinations to gain an overall grade 7 to 9

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.15pm
Gaining a grade 7 to 9 within the examinations

  • Exploring and analysing sample student responses which gained a grade 7 to 9
  • How to write extended questions to a standard which is reflected by a grade 7 to 9
  • Strategies to develop suitable extended question answers – stretching the most able

12.15 – 12.45pm
Thinking about practical

  • Grade boundaries and expectations for a grade 7 to 9 student in NEA
  • Ensuring that evidence is conducive to justifying a grade 7 to 9 response, including the demands of moderation
  • Developing and guiding a grade 7 to 9 student for the NEA Part 3 (adhering to JCQ rules)

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.30pm
Teaching strategies and pedagogy for the most able

  • Classroom ideas to enthuse and motivate the most able – stretching them further
  • Working with the most able students in some of the ‘problematic topics’
  • 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 help and guidance for classroom delivery to maximise grades 7 to 9

  • Specially differentiated tasks to encourage AO3 thinking skills
  • Using varied strategies, including embracing technology and bringing the classroom to life
  • Strategies for monitoring progress, reassessing goals and working towards an overall grade 7 to 9

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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