This NEW course will include coverage of all the topics on skill and psychology in the AQA A level specification, with a view to developing excellent teaching techniques that extend and improve student learning. It will include innovative teaching strategies, a look at how to help students answer both structured and extended questions and an exploration of synoptic links to other topics, helping improve student outcomes and ability to produce excellent answers, whilst producing excellent support ideas for teachers.


  • Learn innovative strategies and teaching techniques to help lesson delivery and increase student knowledge and understanding
  • Develop strategies to ensure students succeed with synoptic questions
  • Gain and insight in to how to access the higher marks on extended questions
  • Learn how to engage students in your lessons so that they can become successful independent learners
  • Take away resources which can be used immediately in lessons
COURSE DATES London Tuesday 11 December 2018
London Monday 18 March 2019
  • Teachers new to the AQA A level PE Skill Acquisition and Sports Psychology specification
  • Teachers with limited experience of delivering AQA Skill and Psychology
  • Teachers who want to develop strategies for teaching skill and psychology to improve students’ success rates in examinations
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 – 11.00am: General Strategies for teaching Skill and Psychology

  • A look at AQA assessment, course overview and assessment objectives: how to plan teaching and learning for final success
  • Classroom organisation and group work
  • Headers and footers, starters and plenaries that really work
  • Ideas for increasing student understanding and allowing them to become successful independent learners

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.45pm: Teaching the topics introduced in this specification brilliantly

  • How to teach Information processing and Working Memory
  • The theories of learning, including Vygotsky
  • Questions and model answers, to see the AQA standard and ensure students are working to it
  • Explore excellent resources you will be given, to see how to best utilise them

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 2.30pm: Sports Psychology, New and Old

  • Confidence and understanding the Vealey model
  • Novel teaching methods to enhance student understanding of Psychology topics
  • Model questions and answers

2.30 – 2.45pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


2.45 – 3.45pm: Extended Questions and Synoptic links

  • Tips on how to teach the 8 and 15 markers
  • Model answers and marking
  • Links with other topic areas including Socio Cultural and Physiology

3.45pm: Plenary and Depart

Carl Atherton

Carl is an experienced A level practitioner having been Head of Department in a successful sixth form college for 26 years. He now works as an educational consultant, presenting courses for students and teachers. As an author, Carl has co-written the text book for AQA A level PE. He is an examiner for one of the A level PE exam boards.

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