Join AQA GCSE PE expert Ross for this updated course, in which he will demonstrate what is required for GCSE PE students to reach the highest grades. 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 on the demands of Grades 7 to 9 from a renowned PE expert
  • Explore new methods to enthuse those who are potentially a grade 7 to 9 students
  • 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 | Monday 2 March 2020
London | Thursday 11 June 2020
  • Teachers of AQA GCSE 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 2019 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 2019
  • 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

  • Preparing your most able for the different challenges of Paper 1 and 2
  • Maximising marks on the short answer questions: how very good students can miss out
  • 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
  • Success in both the practical and written elements of the NEA: how to ensure consistent excellence from your best students
  • 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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