This NEW, interactive and refreshed programme will allow your students to gain greater understanding of the requirements of the examinations and how to improve their performance in them, whilst gaining motivational support and advice on OCR GCSE PE and high performance sport.

Benefits of attending

  • A fully interactive day: the OCR GCSE PE specification brought to life with an Olympic gymnast, motivational sessions, ways to remember topics, exam focus areas and activities
  • Develop key skills further and find out how to gain as high a grade as possible in the 9-1 grading system
  • Craig Heap will work with the examiners during the sessions to bring the specification to life and show how to improve the final grade
  • Learn how to improve performance in the multiple choice, short answer and extended questions
  • Take away a comprehensive set of notes which can be used as part of revision and exam practice
DATE & LOCATION Coventry | Tuesday 02 March 2021
London | Tuesday 09 March 2021
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference

*Venue subject to change dependent on student numbers 


10.00 – 10.30am
Welcome and Introduction

  • Setting the scene for the day
  • Video montage of sporting clips and achievements (student interactive task)
  • MOTIVATIONAL OPENING: Craig Heap, Olympic gymnast – linking key GCSE focus areas to professional challenges and successes

10.30 – 11.15am
Mastering the content of Paper 1 – Physical factors affecting performance

  • Introduction to ‘having a plan’ – including time suggestions and strategies for successful exam technique
  • Common / likely exam mistakes and how to avoid them, to ensure students stand out
  • EXAMINER TIPS: How to best to prepare and maximise your success in extended questions (6 marks)
  • Applied anatomy and physiology brought to life: using these well in exams, focusing on key challenging areas – flexion, extension, levers , planes and axes of movement, double circulatory system

11.15- 11.30
Morning break – submit your questions to win a prize

11.30- 12.00
Paper 1 continued including applying the principles of training

  • Physical training: components of fitness and their application. Applying the principles of training.
  • Working through the assessment objectives – what these are and why they really matter
  • Student Activity: Interactive 6 mark exam question section

12.00- 12.40
Introduction to Paper 2:  Engagement patterns and commercialisation

  • Key topics and concepts from Paper 2 and how they can be examined
  • Common / likely exam mistakes – what did examiners see in 2019?
  • EXAMINER TIPS: How to best prepare and maximise success in Paper 2 extended questions (6 mark)
  • Tips and examples for data response questions
  • Socio-cultural influences brought to life (interactive student activity)
  • Sports psychology – how to approach this topic area

12.40- 1.20pm

1.20 – 1.30pm
Question Box 

  • Chaired by Craig Heap, more time to hear about (and see) key successes. A chance to ask direct questions to all speakers with a prize awarded for the best question.

1.30 – 2.40
Paper 2 continued – sports psychology and health, fitness and well-being

  • Mental Preparation and Classification of Skills
  • Sports psychology continued: what are the examiners looking for in top level responses,in structured and extended questions
  • Health, fitness and well-being – extending your learning to improve exam answers, including what a good answer looks like
  • Student Activity: comparing responses to see which is better and why

2.40 – 3.00pm
Final Top Tips and inter-school quiz

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

Ross Howitt

Senior Examiner, Principal Moderator and Coursework Advisor for a major examination board. He lectures at Edge Hill University and has managed one of the country’s largest and most successful A level PE departments. He is the author and co-author of numerous textbooks and articles, including AQA A level PE Book 1 and AQA A level PE Book 2 (Hodder, 2016). He has worked with Premiership football clubs and is highly renowned PE training provider.

Will Swaithes

Will is an experienced teacher, teacher educator and leader of teaching and learning. With nearly 20 years’ experience teaching and leading examination group courses in Physical Education at GCSE and A level alongside examiner and moderator roles for a number of awarding organisation

Craig Heap

Craig is a former Olympic gymnast and Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winner. He is a nationally renowned motivational speaker, ‘Sporting Champion’ and media commentator on sport, including for the BBC.

Students £25+VAT

One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT