This revised and intensive course will provide ideas and solutions for strengthening the performance of AQA A Level lower ability PE students in classroom, NEA (Non Examined Assessment) and in their final exams. Focus will start from where the lower ability student is at the start of the course coming in from GCSE, where and how they struggle, with particular emphasis on strategies, approaches and techniques which are effective in developing the knowledge, application and performance of students.

The course includes specific session on examination preparation, tackling the extended questions, effective feedback with clear solutions offered to overcome problem areas for lower ability students. Examples are taken from the AQA examination, but the course will be of benefit to all teachers of A level PE.


  • Review exam feedback to reveal the challenges for the Lower Ability
  • Obtain new strategies to boost subject knowledge and understanding
  • Develop support techniques to enhance performance in the practical assessment
  • Obtain approaches on how to be successful with the written coursework
  • Increased students’ ability to track their progress and how to intervene successfully
  • Explore agencies for intervention
COURSE DATE Online | Tuesday 08 June 2021
  • Heads of Department for PE
  • All teachers of A level 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 – 10.40am
Starting from where the student is

  • What can you learn from students’ GCSE marks?
  • Identifying and addressing misconceptions with Assessment Objectives
  • Significant support activities for lower ability students: where and why do they struggle with A level PE
  • Beginning the practical assessment process
  • Strategies for helping students to deal with and retain theoretical PE knowledge: socio-cultural knowledge
  • Active ideas for Physiological A level topics

10.40 – 11.30am
Strategies that develop lower ability students

  • Scaffolding with application and evaluation rather than just learning facts and knowledge
  • Exemplar lesson strategies for the less able student – addressing how to apply and evaluate
  • Developing performance in practical activities with the less able
  • Supporting students in a synoptic approach to learning: picking up key marks throughout the curse
  • Boosting knowledge and application of challenging topics such as energy systems, angular momentum and information processing

11.30 – 11.50am: Discussion: coffee break

11.50 – 12.30pm
Tackling the extended questions with lower ability students

  • Tackling the 8 and 15 markers and getting to grips with why students underperform
  • Games and activities to promote effective revision and exam preparation
  • Analysing exam feedback to improve opportunities for the less able

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion 

1.30 – 2.35pm
Effective and Rapid Feedback for less able students

  • Early intervention techniques to keep the less able on track
  • Using peer assessment activities to empower the learner with the mark scheme
  • Explore interactive website, apps and technology which support the feedback process
  • Best practice for coursework – techniques for improving the written element of the coursework with the less able

2.35 – 2.40pm: Discussion: afternoon tea

2.40 – 3.45pm 
Exam techniques strategies for the less able

  • Review example answers on the smaller mark questions
  • Securing marks on data and graphs questions
  • Ensure less able students secure the AO1 and AO2 marks, using exemplar responses
  • Preparing students to succeed on the ‘discuss’ questions
  • A less able ‘tool kit’ to access questions focussing on AO3
  • Explore models to embed exam technique into lessons

3.45 – 4.00pm
Plenary and Depart

Jackie Brookes

Jackie is an experienced teacher of 16 years, with 5 years working as an AST and as a lead practitioner focussing
on whole school teaching and learning. Her results at all levels are consistently above National average. She
specialises in active teaching and learning approaches. Jackie has taught all aspects of A Level and BTEC and
specialises in physiology whereby these engaging ideas allow students to grasp difficult concepts. She is fully involved in the examination process at GCSE, BTEC and A Level with both AQA and Pearson and has been an integral part of virtual resource building for the developing PE resource mypeexam.org