PE newsletter - summer 2016

Monday 16 May 2016

Update on our new specifications

We're delighted to let you know that Ofqual has accredited our new AS and A-level PE specifications for first teaching from September 2016.

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AS and A-level PE

Our accredited AS PE and A-level PE specifications have been designed to be fully co-teachable, making it easier to plan your student's journey. You'll be familiar with most of the content, so you can still use your existing resources.

Planning, Teaching and Assessment resources, including specimen question papers and mark schemes, are now available on our website for these specifications. We will contact you when more resources become available

GCSE PE

We've worked closely with teachers and the Youth Sport Trust to develop our GCSE PE specification, with topics that will help all students to develop a well-rounded skill set and to progress on to further studies.

Planning, Teaching and Assessment resources, including specimen question papers, mark schemes and a scheme of work, are now available on our website for these specifications. We will contact you when more resources become available.

Preparing to teach events

To help you prepare to teach the new PE specifications, we're inviting you to one of our free teacher training events.

From lesson planning and teaching resources, to the issues and expected outcomes of the new assessment, we'll talk you through everything you need to bring out the best in your students. You'll also have the opportunity to talk and share ideas with other teacher. If you have any questions for us we'll be more than happy to help.

Face-to-face events are a full day and live online events are two hours.

GCSE PE Preliminary Materials

Preliminary Materials for GCSE PE were released on 1 February 2016 and can be accessed through e-AQA.

Your PE Moderator

You should have now been contacted by your moderator to arrange a date for your 2016 moderation visit.

If you have any queries regarding contact from your moderator, or are new to AQA and need to be allocated a moderator, please contact us at physicaleducationexaminers@aqa.org.uk or call us on 01483 477885.

The deadlines for submitting final coursework and controlled assessment marks to us are as follows:

  • A-level PE            15 May 2016
  • GCSE PE*           31 May 2016
  • ELC PE                31 May 2016

*On the Centre Mark Form (CMF) please ensure that you write the mark for Key Process C to the left of the Total Mark box. The overall mark should be recorded and encoded as normal.

Moderation guidance for schools/colleges

We have produced moderation guidance documents to give teachers further understanding of what is involved in the moderation process for both GCSE and A-level PE.

Please feel free to use and adapt the A-level PE assessment sheets and GCSE PE controlled assessment sheets to suit the needs of your school/college and students. The intention is to provide a document that will make it easier for schools/colleges to submit all of their students' marks to the moderator prior to the moderation visit.

Teacher Online Standardisation (TOLS)

TOLS has been updated for 2016 with new materials for ELC, GCSE and A-level PE.

TOLS will enable you to take advantage of the same support that was offered at face-to-face meetings. It will enable you to become familiar with the AQA standard as you mark pieces of work online and compare your marking with that of the principal moderator. It can also facilitate the process of internal standardisation. Re-visit the material and compare your own marking in the lead-up to submission of final marks to us.

In order to make use of this free resource:

  • log in to e-AQA
  • click on 'Teacher Services'
  • click on the 'Teacher Online Standardisation' icon
  • select the appropriate component.

You can then access and work through the materials at your own pace. Archived work (from the 2015 series) can be accessed by clicking on 'Search for other pieces of marked work' from the drop down menu.

GCSE PE activity check tool

The Role and activity check tool helps teachers to ensure that students have met controlled assessment requirements for GCSE PE.

The tool allows you to select the activities/roles for each assessment to check if the combination satisfies the short course (48902) or full course (48904) requirements. Double award unit (48906) information becomes available once the full course unit has been verified.

Final exam timetable for summer 2016

The final timetable for the summer 2016 series is now available on our website.

AQA's Unit Award Scheme

Following the announcement in January 2015 regarding our plans to no longer offer ELC PE after summer 2016, we have looked at how to continue to meet the needs of schools/colleges and students who have entered for this qualification in the past.

We know there is a need for recognition of personal progress and achievement, so we have worked closely with our colleagues in our Unit Award Scheme (UAS) to write a suite of ELC PE units which mirror the current ELC specification.

There are now 72 ELC/UAS PE units available. Once you have registered with us there are many more standalone units with UAS. UAS is very cost effective if you are using multiple units with your students, as schools/colleges pay per student with UAS, no matter what subject, rather than per unit.

You can view the units here. Students in schools/colleges registered with UAS can continue to have their achievement of individual units – as many or as few as they want – formally recognised through UAS.

UAS provides a flexible way to recognise achievement, particularly for those with differing ability levels, and it allows schools to tailor their approach to best reflect the needs of their students.

For more information about UAS, please visit our website, or contact us about registering or to see if you are already registered.

Call-back appointment booking

If you have any questions about our specifications and would like to speak to our subject team, please use our call-back appointment booking system. Choose a preferred time for your call-back and fill in your details on this short Teacher call-back service form, or call us between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, using the contact details below.

Any questions?

We are here to support our teachers and if you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact the subject team on 01483 477822 or email us pe@aqa.org.uk