The aim of this student conference is to provide students with practical, engaging and motivating revision for the GCSE PE examination. Throughout the day, students will work with examiners and practitioners with a focus on improving their grades. This conference will be suitable for all students targeted to achieve grades C to A*.


  • A fully interactive day: the last year of the legacy GCSE PE specification brought to life with an Olympic gymnast, motivational sessions, ways to remember topics, exam focus areas and activities
  • Craig Heap will work with the examiners during the sessions to bring the specification to life and show you how to improve your final grade
  • How to improve your performance in the short and extended answers
  • Take away a comprehensive set of notes which can be used as part of your revision
  • Teachers will receive the full conference presentations and follow-on materials after the conference as electronic resources
  • How to move your grade to the next level in the theory exam: model responses and key insights
CONFERENCE DATE Available In-School only
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course



10:15 - 10:30: Welcome and Introduction

  • Video montage of sporting clips and achievements with a student quiz to complete
  • MOTIVATIONAL OPENING: Craig Heap, Olympic gymnast – linking key GCSE focus areas to professional challenges and successes

10:30 - 10:45: Mastering the content of the paper- Exam technique

  • Setting the scene for the day
  • Common exam mistakes
  • Introduction to ‘having a plan’- including time suggestions and exam technique to ensure success

10:45 - 11:30: Anatomy & Physiology brought to life

  • ELITE ATHLETE INTERVIEW: The energy demands for Craig Heap as an Olympic gymnast
  • EXAMINER TIPS: Applying this content to exam questions. Students will be given a sample task
  • The function of bones
  • How the skeletal system provides a framework for movement and contributes to performance (in conjunction with the muscular system)
  • The difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercise

11:30 - 11:45: Morning break


11:45 - 12:20: Components of fitness and aspects of training

  • ELITE ATHLETE INPUT: Craig Heap and components of fitness / aspects of training turned into a model exam question!
  • STUDENT ACTIVITY: working in pairs: planning a response to get the top marks
  • STUDENT MARKING ACTIVITY: unpicking student responses and deciphering if the answers contain the required points
  • EXAMINER TIPS: Focus on Components of fitness and training and how to revise, remember and apply your knowledge

12:20 - 13:00: Improving performance in the Socio cultural issues

  • Overview and understanding of characteristics and benefits of leisure and recreation
  • Healthy schools programme
  • Cultural and social factors
  • EXAMINER PERSPECTIVE: Common examination mistakes and suggestions for exam success

13:00 - 13:40: Lunch


13:40 - 13:55: Question Box

  • Chaired by Craig Heap. A chance to ask direct questions to all speakers with a prize awarded for the best question.

13:55 - 14:30: Enhancing your performance in Extended and scenario based questions

  • EXAMINER TIPS: How to best prepare and maximise your success in extended questions
  • Technique to ensure success
  • EXAMINER PERSPECTIVE: Lessons to be learned from previous extended questions
  • Model answers and what constitutes a detailed response (as opposed to limited or partially explained)
  • Preparing for questions which relate to the scenario
  • Topical areas included in the scenario

14:30 - 15:00: Final Top Tips and inter-school quiz

  • KEY POINTS from each of the presenters: how to improve your final grade
  • INTER SCHOOL QUIZ led by Craig Heap: applying the key conference content – with full student involvement and prizes for the best performers!

Ross Howitt

Ross Howitt 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.

Mike Murray

Mike Murray is an experienced A Level teacher with an extensive background in A Level PE examining.  He has been a Principal and Chief Examiner for over 15 years, writing examination papers for several examination boards. He is also the author of a number of A Level textbooks and other resources. He was Head of Department for many years at a large Beacon Sixth Form College before becoming a full time Education Consultant.

Craig Heap

Olympic gymnast, ‘Sporting Champion’ and media commentator