The course is designed to support teachers to develop a range of practical strategies to raise achievement amongst students studying the OCR A-level PE specification. This NEW course will explore the specific requirements of all of the specification components. It will focus on exploring the characteristics of work produced by students working at a range of levels and is designed to support students to secure the best possible outcomes and assist their final preparations for the examinations in H555/01: Physiological Factors, H555/02: Psychological Factors and H555/03: Socio-cultural Issues.


  • Understand fully the assessment demands of the OCR A-level PE specification
  • Develop practical strategies for meeting the requirements of the higher bands across all components
  • Explore exemplar materials to identify characteristics of strong written and practical work
  • Increase confidence in preparing candidates to achieve the highest outcomes
  • Consider lessons learnt from the first examination series in 2019
COURSE DATE London | Monday 2 March 2020
  • All teachers of OCR A level Physical Education
  • Heads of Department
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 – 11.00am
Tackling the key areas of underperformance in A-level PE

  • Utilising the key 2019 feedback from OCR to identify areas where students could struggle in 2020
  • The effects of common mistakes on students’ grades: review examples of student work to create strategies to prevent future student failure
  • Significant support activities for students with lower GCSE results / attainment at A level
  • Strategies for helping students to deal with and retain the knowledge required
  • Teaching approaches for successful monitoring and tracking of student performance throughout each year in A-level PE

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.00pm
Dealing with the different question types in the OCR examinations

  • Dealing with 5 and 6 mark questions
  • Looking at the different types of questions, tasks, skills and assessment demands
  • Common mistakes in exams and teaching approaches to ensure students avoid making these in their exams, with exemplar answers
  • Dealing with data response questions
  • Strategies for effectively answering structured questions across all three papers

12.00 – 1.00pm
Giving students proven strategies to boost exam performance

  • Extended 20 mark questions: common mistakes and strategies to address these
  • Building practical competence and ability to answer practical-based questions – teaching approaches to create synoptic thinking for A-level PE students
  • Ensuring consistency across the A level papers
  • Developing confidence in the academic requirements of the OCR PE exams: strategies to use to stretch and challenge all students

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 2.45pm
Practical Results: How to Help Students Ensure Success

  • How to help students achieve excellence practically: teaching techniques and strategies
  • Ensuring that evidence is conducive to meeting requirements and justifying marks of an ‘excellent’ student
  • Ensuring success – i.e. the characteristics of an excellent piece of work, including the OCR standard at A and A*
  • Teaching approaches to help students link practical skills with the requirements of the examinations

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Promoting excellence in OCR PE

  • Classroom strategies to help the best students to learn from each other
  • Making sure students know the specification content
  • Using varied strategies including embracing technology and bringing the classroom to life
  • Strategies for monitoring progress, reassessing goals and working towards the assessments
  • Utilising the results of each academic year to create best practice – identifying the key issues
  • Giving students the skills to take ownership of the exam process

Diane Skelly

Diane has a wealth of experience in the delivery of examinations of Physical Education at both GCSE, AS and A Level. She is currently employed in an Ofsted graded Outstanding Physical Education department in a large, mixed secondary school. She has over twenty years’ experience in all aspects of examining and moderating with one of the major examination boards. She has a very pragmatic and structured approach to the preparation of students for formal examinations for Physical Education and her courses seek to share this approach with delegates.

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