This new course has been designed to help maximise the performance of lower ability students in AQA GCSE PE. It will focus on exploring the typical problems faced, the key characteristics and explore a range of teaching methods and approaches designed to ensure students really engage with the more challenging parts of the course.

Led by Ross Howitt, the course aims to help teachers raise attainment by improving engagement and confidence in the classroom, knowledge and strengthen understanding of what examiners are looking for.


  • Find out more about what makes a student ‘low ability
  • Gain ideas and approaches to motivating different types of learners
  • Find out new ways to change teaching styles to create a positive, engaging learning environment in which students of all abilities can progress and thrive
  • Take away a range of engaging ways to teach Biomechanics
  • The NEA – take away ways to structure and provide focus for lower ability students
  • Enhance your range of approaches for helping lower ability students in the exam
COURSE DATES London | Thursday 27 February 2020
London | Wednesday 08 July 2020
  • Teachers of GCSE Level PE
  • Prospective teachers of GCSE Level 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 – 10.45am
Starting from where the student is:

  • What makes the student ‘low ability’
  • An overview of typical problems faced
  • Empathising with and motivating those of a lower ability

10.45 – 11.00am
Discussion: coffee break

11.00 – 11.45pm
Setting an engaging and motivating classroom – motivational ideas and approaches

  • Exploring and analysing sample student responses which gained a Grade 4 – and how Grade 5 and 6 show better knowledge, application and analysis/ evaluation
  • How to write extended questions to a standard which is reflected by a Grade 4 – dealing with the common pitfalls that could result in a Grade 3 or lower
  • Strategies to develop suitable extended question answers – stretching those capable of achieving a Grade 4 to 6

11.45 – 12.45pm
Biomechanics – engaging ways of teaching biomechanics

  • Grade boundaries and expectations for Grades 4 to 6 in AQA NEA
  • Helping students achieve the standard for a Grade 4 or above, whilst ensuring that evidence is conducive to justifying such a grade
  • Ensuring Grade 4 to 6 is evidenced accurately on moderation day
  • Developing and ensuring progression for students who may fall short of Grade 4 in the NEA Part 3 (adhering to JCQ rules)

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.30pm
The NEA for low ability students

  • Ways to structure and provide focus for the lower abilities
  • How to organise and submit evidence for those of a lower ability range, with specific examples from activities
  • Scaffolding the NEA Part 3 work within JCQ rules and regulations

2.30 – 3.30pm
The written exam for low ability students – including ways of helping students achieve the maximum standard they can

  • 10 simple rules for the examinations
  • Techniques for revision and ways to remember problematic topics
  • Helping lower ability students gain some AO3 credit

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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