This course will enable teachers of AQA GCSE PE to develop strategies and teaching methods to ensure more students with target grades of 4 and 5 (and 6) achieve these in their final GCSE results. Our highly experienced presenter will demonstrate how to keep students on track and make sure that they maintain progress and motivation ahead of final assessments.


  • Learn more about the main reasons why students fall short of Grade 4
  • Learn ways to address the shortfalls to attain the desired grades
  • Gain informed knowledge and understanding on how to ensure mid-range students maintain progress
  • Learn and discuss new ways to pull students up to a Grade 4 and 5 standard
  • Take away ready to use teaching methods and pedagogical ideas to maximise achievement at this level
COURSE DATE London Wednesday 23 October 2019
  • 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 – 11.15am
Main lessons to be learnt from the 2018 AQA assessments

  • What made a Grade 4 student (in 2018) including details of the boundaries for each component and how they fitted together to form an overall grade boundary
  • The difference between a Grade 3 student and a grade 4 student – what really makes the difference?
  • The balance between practical (NEA) and theoretical examinations to gain an overall Grade 4 to 6

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.15pm
Ensuring a Grade 4 to 6 within the examinations

  • 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

12.15 – 12.45pm
Thinking about practical

  • 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
Teaching strategies and pedagogy to ensure Grade 4 and 5

  • Classroom ideas to enthuse those who potentially lack motivation
  • Interactive teaching of specific elements of the course- including biomechanics and psychological aspects and theories, looking at suitable ways to scaffold responses
  • Assisting those who could fall short to ‘cross the boundary line’ on the day of the examinations

2.30 – 2.45pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.45pm
A focus on interactive teaching methods to engage all learning styles

  • Differentiated tasks to encourage AO3 thinking skills in extended questions and developing a greater understanding of the command words
  • Ways to use technology, group tasks, peer assessment and visual stimuli to help students progress
  • Strategies for monitoring progress, reassessing goals and working towards an overall Grade 4 to 6

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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