Inspired by the work of Simon Sinek, this interactive workshop will help you focus in on the curriculum intent of Physical Education. As practitioners, all too often we rush to and get bogged down in thinking and planning for what we do in our lessons rather than focusing on the far more important question of why!

This course is for curriculum leaders and teachers of secondary Physical Education to support the re-design of core curriculum PE to ensure it is meaningful, relevant and valued by learners and senior leaders. It builds on the aims and purpose of the national curriculum by providing suitable support, challenge and real-life examples.


  • Understand how to achieve the very best examination outcomes for your students
  • See curriculum and assessment models that work in other secondary schools and consider which aspects could work in your context
  • Get ready for an Ofsted deep dive by preparing responses to typical inspection questions
  • Create a clear picture of what you expect to see in all secondary PE lessons
  • Draw on the experience of the tutor and other delegates to ensure you are thriving in the ‘new normal’ as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.
COURSE DATE Online | Wednesday 13 October 2021

London | Wednesday 19 January 2022

  • Faculty Leads that incorporate PE
  • Heads of PE
  • Teachers of Physical Education
  • Current or aspirant secondary PE subject leaders
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 – 10.45am: Securing great results in examination PE

  • Will knows all about the pressures of accountability and the importance of successful course selection at Level 2 to include GCSE and vocational (BTEC or Cambridge National) pathways. He will help you unpick the best options depending on your context and suggest ways to maximise marks awarded.

10.45 – 11.30am: Developing a curriculum offer that meets the needs of all learners

  • Invest time in exploring the 3 I’s of curriculum design. Unpick why PE is an essential part of every students’ school provision and how to ensure it is more meaningful, relevant and valued by all students and senior leaders.

11.30 – 11.45am:              Break

11.45-12.30pm:  The 3 M’s of assessment in PE

  • Discover how to ensure your curriculum intent is embedded through Meaningful, Manageable, and Measurable assessment for learning. Consider the learner journey through school and how to ensure it is progressive as well as seeing examples of assessment models that have been proven to work in other schools.

12.30 – 1.15pm: Preparing for an Ofsted deep dive in PE

  • Explore the key areas of the Education Inspection Framework before using a simple framework to consider your strengths and areas for development as a PE department. Prepare responses to commonly asked questions during a deep dive in PE and understand what inspectors are really looking for

1.15 – 2.15pm: Lunch  

2.15-3.00pm  Perfect lesson

  • Explore the non-negotiables of a perfect PE lesson and build a framework for planning, observing and evaluating the effectiveness of physical education in your context.

3.00-3.30pm: Finding a new normal for PE

  • Discuss the current practicalities, guidelines and expectations that have emerged as a result of Covid-19 and consider how best to thrive rather than merely survive in these conditions.

3.30-4.00pm: Leading change

  • Consider how best to manage staff in order to get the best out of them, recognising induvial strengths, development needs and readiness for change. Explore how best to balance the challenges of so many PE staff having roles and responsibilities outside of PE as well as the key skills of influencing upwards to help drive and embed change. This session will allow you to create a plan of action and ask any other questions.

4.00pm: Depart

Will Swaithes

Will is an experienced teacher, teacher educator and leader of teaching and learning. With nearly 20 years’ experience in education, Will became an Advanced Skills Teacher in 2006 and has been innovating curriculum design ever since.  Following 4 successful years as Head of Physical Education and Achievement for Youth Sport Trust, Will now provides mentoring support for the leadership of PE in 22 schools across Nottinghamshire and operates as a consultant for Sport England to advise 10 Teaching School Alliances nationally to transform their offer. Will regularly delivers both workshop and keynote presentations at regional, national and international conferences and often receives repeat bookings. Alongside his work in school, with PGCE students at Loughborough and Buckingham universities he is also an examiner/ moderator and has written an OCR GCSE PE textbook.