This NEW conference, is designed in the light of the 2018 examinations. The revamped conference will focus on challenging areas, how to boost grades and how to meet the demands of the questions for examination success in 2019.

This exciting, interactive and refreshed programme will allow your students to gain greater understanding of the requirements of the examinations and how to improve their performance in them, whilst gaining motivational support and advice on GCSE PE and high performance sport.


  • A fully interactive day: the AQA GCSE PE specification brought to life with an Olympic gymnast, motivational sessions, ways to remember topics, exam focus areas and activities
  • Craig Heap will work with the examiners during the sessions to bring the specification to life and show how to improve final grades
  • Expert guidance on improving performance in the multiple choice, short answer and extended questions
  • Take away a comprehensive set of notes which give excellent revision advice and demonstrate the levels required for success
  • Teachers will receive the full conference presentations and follow-on materials after the conference as electronic resources
CONFERENCE DATES AND LOCATION Manchester Friday 22 March 2019

London Wednesday 27 February 2019 | Regent’s Salvation Army
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IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference


10.00 – 10.30am
Welcome and Introduction

  • Setting the scene for the day
  • Video montage of sporting clips and achievements
  • MOTIVATIONAL OPENING: Craig Heap, Olympic gymnast – linking key GCSE focus areas to professional challenges and successes

10.30 – 11.15am
Mastering the content of Paper 1

  • ‘Having a plan’: expert advice from our examiners on how to ensure exam success including time suggestions and exam technique
  • Common/likely exam mistakes and how to avoid them, to ensure students stand out
  • EXAMINER TIPS: How to best prepare for and maximise success in extended questions (6 and 9 mark questions), using examples
  • Applied anatomy and physiology brought to life: using these well in exams
  • Movement analysis – including planes and axes and levers

11.15 – 11.30am
Morning break

  • Submit your questions to win a prize

11.30 – 12.00pm
Paper 1 continued

  • Physical training: key issues to be aware of for the exams
  • Examiner guidance on how to produce answers that allow students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding and score well
  • Ask the examiners: interactive student 6 and 9 mark question exam help session

12.00 – 12.40pm
Introduction to Paper 2

  • Our examiners explore strengths and weaknesses in Paper 2 responses from the previous year, to boost student chances in the exams
  • EXAMINER TIPS: How to best prepare and maximise your success in extended questions (6 and 9 mark)
  • Sports psychology – how to approach this topic area with confidence

12.40 – 1.20pm

1.20 – 1.30pm
Question Box

  • Chaired by Craig Heap, more time to hear about (and see!) key successes. A chance to ask direct questions to all speakers with a prize awarded for the best question.

1.30 – 2.40pm
Paper 2 continued

  • Socio-cultural influences brought to life
  • Planning for extended questions – how to ensure success
  • Health, fitness and well-being – how to make sure answers are what are the examiners are looking for
  • Use of data: high quality advice and guidance in scoring well in these questions

2.40 – 2.45pm
Afternoon break

2.45 – 3.00pm
Final Top Tips and inter-school quiz

  • KEY POINTS from each of the presenters: how to improve your final grade
  • INTER SCHOOL QUIZ led by Craig Heap: applying the key conference content – with full student involvement and prizes for the best performers!

Ross Howitt

Education consultant, Senior Examiner, author and training provider

Mike Murray

Education consultant, Senior Examiner, author and training provider

Craig Heap

Olympic gymnast, ‘Sporting Champion’ and media commentator

Students £25+VAT

One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT