This course has been designed to help maximise the performance of all students on the OCR GCSE PE course. Providing practical advice, real examples and a range of tried and tested approaches, teachers will leave the course with key focus areas to ensure the achievement of all students. The course will ensure teachers are best able to equip their students for success on both the examination and NEA elements of the course.



  • Deepen your understanding of the key demands of the exam
  • Develop a range of approaches to tackling more demanding sections of the specification
  • Explore a range of approaches for ensuring good level learning for the theory paper, along with effective examination techniques
  • Take away ways to support students in writing high quality extended answer 6-mark responses
  • Understand how to translate the grading criteria into top practical marks
  • Support students to write AEPs which can access the higher marks
  • Leave with increased confidence for supporting all students, including those aiming to attain grades 7-9
DATES & LOCATION London | Friday 21 January 2022

London | Friday 24 June 2022

  • Heads of Department
  • Teachers of OCR GCSE PE
  • Teachers considering a change to OCR GCSE 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


10.00 – 10.45am: Top tips to prepare all learners for success in 2021/22

  • Reviewing your successes and concerns to date
  • Key learning from the past year
  • Ways to utilise active and memorable learning
  • Key strategies to ensure knowledge is embedded
  • Understanding command words and ensuring successful answer structures
  • Ideas to stretch and challenge all students across the course

10.45 – 11.30: Preparing students for exam questions on new aspects of the specification

  • Movement analysis and biomechanics (from Component 01)
  • Sports psychology (from Component 02)
  • Socio-cultural issues (from Component 02)

11.30-11.45: Break

11.45 – 12.30: Achieving top marks in the extended answer questions

  • Expectations of the 6 mark question
  • Structuring, answering and assessing *extended answer questions from Component 01 and 02

12.30 – 13.15pm: Lunch 

13.15 – 14.30: Maximising NEA outcomes – The Practical

  • Helping students in understanding the OCR grade criteria to achieve top practical marks
  • Supporting students to choose their top three activities
  • Preparing for successful moderations        

14.30 – 14.40: afternoon break

14.40-15.40:  Maximising NEA outcomes – the AEP Coursework

  • Understanding the make-up and grading criteria for Analysing and Evaluating Performance (AEP) worth 10% of overall mark
  • Supporting students to write AEPs that reach the highest mark bands
  • Tips for marking and standardising work

15.40-15.45 Plenary and Depart

  • Final questions and top tips for success this summer and beyond

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.