This stimulating and innovative course will focus on how to implement evidence informed teaching and learning strategies to maximise high achievement of all students. Retrieval practice, spaced practice and interleaving will be explored ensuring all delegates have an excellent grasp of the ‘power tools’ of teaching and learning. Furthermore, insights into cognitive load and teacher modelling of best practice will be discussed and applied to a variety of content areas. Ideas for Increasing performance of low ability A level PE students will be based understanding the difference between low effort/low performance and high effort/low performance. In addition, an advanced toolkit for stretching challenging high ability students will be provided alongside strategies to develop mid-range students.

The course will include a session on exam technique and preparation, providing clear solutions to typical mistakes. Brilliant teaching in A level PE absolutely guarantees creative, take away strategies to enhance teaching and learning for all teachers.


  • Develop knowledge and understanding of evidence informed pedagogy
  • Actively simulate collaborative learning strategies that allow all students to progress
  • Take away innovative strategies to improve performance of students of all ability levels
  • Motivate low ability students to achieve
  • Gain insights on how to stretch and challenge high ability students
  • Review exam feedback to allow all students to make progress
COURSE DATE London | Wednesday 16 February 2022

London | Friday 1 July 2022

  • Teachers of A level PE
  • Heads of Department for PE
  • Teachers with responsibility for academic PE
  • Teachers making the step up from GCSE PE to 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


10.00 – 11.00am: Title Evidence informed pedagogy in A level PE


  • What is brilliant teaching and how do we implement it?
  • Retrieval practice – How to embed into every lesson and develop student’s independence
  • Supporting students to interleave and space retrieval practice to allow transfer of previous knowledge to new learning.
  • How to apply retrieval practice, spaced practice and interleaving to physiology, sports psychology and sociocultural studies
  • Spaced repetition flash card apps – Helping students remember anything, forever!
  • Help reduce students cognitive load by providing worked examples



11.00 – 11.45am: Title Motivating and engaging low ability students

  • Understanding the difference between low effort/low performance and high effort/low performance
  • Motivate low effort/ low performance students by utilising alumni / careers aspirations in sport
  • Engage low effort/low performance students by actively simulating cooperative learning strategies
  • Help high effort/low performance students improver performance by modelling the use of high impact study strategies which prioritise ‘thinking hard’
  • Provide unique memorisation strategies to help low ability students retain information


11.45 – 12.00pm: Morning Break


12.00 – 12.50pm: Motivating mid-range students to achieve high grades

  • Help mid-range students avoid making typical mistakes by providing modelled and faded examples that allow an understanding of what it takes to achieve high grades
  • Provide whole class feedback to ensure that the often ‘unintentionally forgotten’ mid-range students are acting upon weaknesses
  • Active strategies to allow mid-range students to improve application and evaluation skills
  • Design activities to pair mid-range students with high achievers to demonstrate what is required to progress



12.50 – 13.50pm: Lunch



13.50 – 14.35 pm: Stretching and challenging the more able


  • Coach your students on the advanced use of Anki (spaced repetition flashcard app)
  • Encouraging students to create effective study materials
  • Strategies to promote ‘higher order thinking skills’ not ‘more of the same’
  • Analysing A* responses to increase opportunities for high grades


14.35 – 15.30pm: Exam technique


  • Typical mistakes on AO1/AO2 questions
  • Teaching and learning strategies to improve AO1/AO2 skills
  • Typical mistakes on AO3 questions
  • Teaching and learning strategies to improve AO3 skills
  • Dispelling myths around the synoptic question

15.30 – 15.45pm: Plenary and any questions

Wes Davis

Wes has been teaching and achieving consistently outstanding outcomes in A level PE for 13 years. Such has been the success of these outcomes, he was nominated and shortlisted for the Times Educational Supplement (TES) UK Teacher of the Year award 2017/2018. He is currently Head of Sport and a teaching and learning coordinator at Worcester Sixth Form College where A level PE was graded as an ALPS 2 in 2018/19.  He delivers CPD and revision sessions in his own college, local authority and at institutions around the country.  He is an enthusiastic presenter who places a big emphasis on memory strategies and active learning.  He is currently also working as an examiner for a major awarding body.