This course will enable teachers of A Level PE to develop strategies and teaching methods to improve the results of the less able students they teach. The course will look at ways which challenge students at this level whilst retaining their motivation and understanding, so that they can succeed in their final assessments and achieve their full potential in A-level PE.


  • Gain informed knowledge and understanding from an experienced examiner and presenter
  • Learn and discuss new ways to enthuse those who are less able
  • Take away ready to use teaching methods and pedagogical ideas to enthuse the less able
  • Develop an understanding of what makes the students less able
  • Learn ways to scaffold and develop thinking and relation to the three learning objectives
COURSE DATE In-school only
  • Teachers of A Level PE
  • Prospective teachers of A 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
Understanding the less able students in A Level PE

  • Why students appear to be less able
  • Simple strategies to motivate and encourage at A Level
  • Using writing frames and scaffolding student progress

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.15pm
Working towards the exam/s

  • Examination technique and ‘having a plan’
  • Dealing with timings and short answered questions
  • Strategies to develop AO# knowledge to develop extended answer responses

12.15 – 12.45pm
Thinking about practical

  • How to help less able students achieve practically
  • Ensuring that evidence is conducive to meeting requirements and justifying marks
  • Developing an appropriate level of challenge for the less able

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.30pm
Helping less able students with the theoretical content

  • Classroom ideas to enthuse and motivate the less able
  • Working with less able students- using scaffolded answers, peer and group work and emphasising key words and terms
  • Interactive teaching of specific elements of the course – including biomechanics and psychological aspects and theories

2.30 – 2.45pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.45pm
Further help and guidance for classroom delivery

  • Dealing with some of the more problematic topics
  • Using varied strategies including embracing technology and bringing the classroom to life
  • Strategies for monitoring progress, reassessing goals and working towards the examination/s

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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