In this revised course, you will maximise success with effective strategies for the crucial non-examined assessment. Delegates will engage will full range of example assessments and also improve their ability to show candidates at the mark they have awarded. Led by our highly experienced and expert moderator Ross Howitt, the course will show how to organise, teach and mark student work across all the assessed areas to ensure that all students succeed in their AQA A level PE practical performance.


  • Take away the latest key advice on how to ensure students achieve the highest grades possible for the A level NEA
  • Organising and timing the assessment of the practical activities
  • Preparing students for the NEA with suggested strategies for delivery and assessment
  • Administrative guidelines for the submission of NEA assessments
  • Engage with a full range of example assessments
COURSE DATE London | Monday 15 June 2020
  • Teachers delivering the AQA A Level PE specification
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 – 10.45am
Overview, principles and aims of the assessments

  • Get to grips with the requirements of the NEA component
  • Analyse the content and structure of the assessments
  • Feedback from 2019 – the important messages to take into our 2020 teaching
  • Deal with initial questions and answers
  • What makes the best students stand out in their Practical Performance?
  • Top tips for ensuring student consistency across the Practical Performance elements and across sports
  • Helping students see the connections between NEA and exam work: teaching techniques that work

10.45 – 11.00am
Discussion: coffee break

11.00 – 12.30pm
Success with the NEA assessments – Practical

  • Teaching requirements to ensure successful NEA in the Practical
  • Areas in which students struggle and how to approach these when teaching
  • In-depth coverage of the moderation and activity requirements
  • Practical performance – analyse footage and expectations for successful approaches
  • Ways to present evidence to maximise the chances of problem-free moderation
  • Take part in a peer-led standardisation exercise using the assessment matrix

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Analysis and Evaluation task

  • Explore the grading criteria for students’ responses and what this means for your teaching
  • Explore best practice for preparing students for top marks in the Analysis and Evaluation task – where do students lose and gain marks
  • Understanding the difference between breadth and depth
  • How to use breadth or depth for the analysis and depth (only) for the evaluation

2.30 – 2.45pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.45pm
Marking and Moderating

  • Administrative guidelines and why it is crucial to complete them accurately
  • Take part in a peer-led standardisation exercise using the assessment matrix
  • How best to use previously moderated work to improve student performance

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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