Assessment in PE – Bitesize Course

Research-informed ideas and best practice to improve assessment in PE.

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Course Overview

Assessment has been described by Dylan Wiliam as the bridge between teaching and learning, yet it is an area that continues to challenge many of us within education as the ‘science’ of best practice continues to evolve. Many schools continue to assess in isolated activity areas rather than taking a more holistic perspective. In secondary schools in England the temptation is to extrapolate down from a ‘flight path’ towards GCSE PE even though we know less than 20% of students follow that pathway and in primary schools the temptation is to assess very little other than how many students meet the end of key stage 2 requirements for swimming.

This course is free to PE Scholar members and is intended to provide a clear rationale for thinking differently about assessment whilst also providing some initial ideas to help you improve the way you assess. It should take no more than an hour to complete and is separated into 5 short chapters as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Insight
  • Research
  • Practice
  • Summary and Feedback


PE Scholar - Will Swaithes

Will Swaithes

Will Swaithes is an experienced teacher, teacher educator and leader of teaching and learning. With over 20 years’ experience in education, he is currently a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education at Birmingham City University leading the secondary PGCE programme whilst also contributing to Initial Teacher Education at several other institutions including Loughborough and Buckingham universities. Will is Education Director at PE Scholar, a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for Redhill Academy, previous Head of Physical Education and Achievement for Youth Sport Trust (YST), previous Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning and author of an OCR GCSE PE textbook. He achieved Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) status in 2006 and also holds a Masters in Educational Leadership. Will has a reputation for high-quality consultancy services, mentoring support and training with an ambition to ensure PE stands for Positive Experiences for all children in all schools.

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Course Includes

  • 5 Lessons
  • 1 Task
  • 1 Quiz
  • Course Certificate
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