This course will provide ideas and solutions for strengthening the performance of less able A Level Physical Education students in the classroom, NEA (Non Examined Assessment) and in their final exams. There will be a distinctly practical and interactive feel to the day with examples of learning activities and teaching approaches provided throughout. Our expert presenter will lead a close analysis of what students need to do in exams and practical assessments in order to succeed at A Level, with clear solutions offered to overcome problem areas for lower ability students.


  • Analyse exam feedback to improve opportunities for the Lower Ability
  • Obtain new strategies to boost subject knowledge and understanding
  • Develop support techniques to enhance performance in the practical assessment
  • Obtain approaches on how to be successful with the written coursework
  • Increased students’ ability to track their progress and how to intervene successfully
  • Explore agencies for intervention
COURSE DATES London Monday 17 June 2019
London Friday 18 October 2019
  • Heads of Department for PE
  • All teachers of 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
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.40am
Starting from where the student is

  • What can you learn from students’ GCSE marks?
  • Identifying and addressing misconceptions through using the Assessment Objectives
  • Setting up significant support activities for lower ability students
  • Beginning the practical assessment process to maintain motivation and performance
  • Strategies for helping students to deal with and retain the knowledge required at A level
  • Explore the theory behind active learning to promote engagement of the less able
  • Active ideas for Physiological A level topics

10.40 – 11.30am
Understanding the Fundamental Concepts of PE

  • The fundamental principles needed for A level Physical Education
  • Scaffolding with application and evaluation rather than just learning facts and knowledge
  • Exemplar lesson strategies for the less able student – addressing how to apply and evaluate
  • Supporting students in a synoptic approach to learning
  • Ensuring less able students can interpret data and graphs relating to changes within the musculo-skeletal, cardio-respiratory and neuro-muscular systems
  • Understanding the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport: tactics for teaching the less able

11.30 – 11.50am
Discussion: coffee break

11.50 – 12.30pm
Effective and Rapid Feedback

  • Using peer assessment activities to empower the learner with the mark scheme
  • Explore interactive website, apps and technology which support the feedback process
  • Best practice for coursework: approaches for those less able in practical and written elements
  • Investigating how skill is acquired and the impact of psychological factors on performance
  • Boost knowledge and application of challenging topics such as energy systems, angular momentum and information processing

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.35pm
Exam techniques strategies for the less able

  • Feedback on Paper 1: how the less able can structure their answers to get better marks
  • Review example answers on the smaller mark questions
  • Ensure less able students secure the AO1 and AO2 marks
  • Explore student responses from previous series to work on how students can improve such answers
  • Feedback on Paper 2: preparing students better for ‘discuss’ questions
  • A less able ‘tool kit’ to access questions focussing on AO3
  • Using the specification content to inform planning for the less able
  • Explore models to embed exam technique into lessons

2.35 – 2.40pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.40 – 3.45pm
Tackling the extended questions with lower ability students

  • Tackling the 8 and 15 markers and getting to grips with why students underperform
  • Games and activities to promote effective revision and exam preparation

3.45 – 4.00pm
Plenary and Depart

Jackie Brookes

Jackie is an experienced teacher of 16 years, with 5 years working as an AST and as a lead practitioner focussing on whole school teaching and learning. Her results at all levels are consistently above National average. She specialises in active teaching and learning approaches. Jackie has taught all aspects of A Level and BTEC and specialises in physiology whereby these engaging ideas allow students to grasp difficult concepts. She is fully involved in the examination process at GCSE, BTEC and A Level with both AQA and Pearson and has been an integral part of virtual resource building for the developing PE resource mypeexam.org

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