The full-day course provides insight, support and challenge on the following 5 As to creating a great experience for all your students in physical education:

  • Ambitions – at the heart of everything you need more than just the learning aims or intentions for students, your why needs to be more ACE (ambitious, challenging and exciting) than that. This lesson will help you consider and capture a purpose (intent) for PE that is right for your school
  • Atmospherehow will you create that buzz and appetite for learning in your teaching spaces? How will you achieve it with all your groups, day in and day out? This lesson also explores how you can ensure all colleagues who deliver PE are committed to the same priorities
  • Approacheswhat methods and models-based practice will you use? Many PE teachers are guilty of resorting to teacher centred direct instruction and skill-drill teaching with a focus on technique but is that the best way to excite all learners and promote progress? This lesson will introduce you to more student-centred approaches like Sport Education, Teaching Games for Understanding and Health-Based PE
  • Assessmenthow do you utilise diagnostic, formative and summative assessment that values holistic development and not just what is easy to measure? This lesson will help you align what and how you assess to your curriculum intent
  • Activitieswhat SPAM (sport, physical activity & movement) vehicles and learning tasks you utilise should be selected based on needs and motivations of your students not logistics, teacher preferences and tradition. This lesson will help you consider and select the most appropriate activities to build into your curriculum offer based on a needs analysis

Date and Time
18 April 2025
9am – 4pm


Note: You do not need to register for the main PHASE Conference to attend this one day workshop.


Will Swaithes

Teacher Educator & Education Consultant, PE Scholar

Will has over 20 years’ experience in education with previous roles including Advanced Skills Teacher, Specialist Leader in Education, Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning and Head of PE and Achievement for the Youth Sport Trust. Will recently completed his Masters in Educational Leadership; continues to do considerable work for YST; contributes to the PGCE PE programmes at Loughborough University, University of Buckingham and Birmingham City University along with guest lectures for a number of other ITT providers; leads the Head of PE network for two Nottinghamshire Teaching School Alliances; and also does a variety of other consultancy work. Will has a strong track record of authoring/ delivering training and has also published an OCR GCSE PE textbook.

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