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Physical Education


Tom Hardie has 37 years experience in Physical Education. He has been extensively involved in National Qualification Curriculum design, National Assessment Quality Assurance and in National Staff Development.
He has a great deal of experience in co-ordinating and delivering National Conferences and Seminars as well as producing a wide range of support materials for both sta and pupils.

Tom has a huge experience in working in many roles with the SQA. He is currently Principal Assessor for both Higher and Advanced Higher Physical Education as well as being Senior verifier. In his role he has been responsible for the management of these National Courses in terms of setting National Exams as well as ensuring quality assurance. He was a co- author for Leckie and Leckie and wrote books on a Success Guide for the current Higher, examplar questions and answers for sta and candidates as well as a Support Book for S1-S3 Curriculum for Excellence.

Most recently he has been involved in developing the new Higher and Advanced Higher for Physical Education



Higher Physical Education
Thursday 27th September 2018
10.00 - 15.30
£179 plus VAT

A detailed look at the Physical Education Higher for teachers who are teaching the course for the first time or who are new to it.

This course will cover:

• changes due in session 18/19
• raise awareness on current issues
• planning implications
• course assessment for performance
• external course assessment
• consider methods for gathering evidence for candidate performance
• raise awareness of National Assessment support materials

Previous attendees commented:

'one of the most insightful courses I have been on to date. Thank you Tom.'
'first class'
'tutor had excellent knowledge and was very engaging'
'enjoyed listening to Toms explanation of the course. very informative & detail given making me feel more confident in my teaching'
'Dialogue between course participants & tutor was excellent. Great to hear variety of views & different school ideas'

Preparing Candidates for National 5
Wednesday 3rd October 2018
10.00 - 15.30
£179 plus VAT

This course is aimed at current and future teachers of National 5 Physical Education. The course will examine all the components of the National 5 Physical Education course, including performance and the portfolio. The course will focus on the standards expected by the SQA, to ensure learners successfully achieve their National 5 Physical Education qualification. The course will provide an opportunity for teachers to increase their confidence, by providing them with a clear understanding of the requirements of the course and the opportunity to share best practice. The course will also
look at the management of the portfolio and the performance components.

Previous attendees have commented:

'Excellent Handouts, Tom was very pleasant and explained everything well'
'well delivered with lots of interesting ideas'
'very good/very helpful'
'very worthwhile'
'very impressed'
'very informative & refreshing to hear some honest views in portfolio. very useful. Tom knows his stuff'

Physical Education - The Command Words
Wednesday 15th November 2018
10.00 - 15.30
£179 plus VAT

A detailed look at the four command words in the Physical Education exam with exemplar questions
and answers.

previous attendees have commented:

‘very informative and beneficial’
‘Really enjoyable course + will be back at another’
‘very relevant to current problem areas. Nice to hear views of others’

Higher Physical Education - How to Pass the Exam
Thursday 6th December 2018
10.00 - 15.30
£179 plus VAT

This course is aimed at all PE staff who wish to ensure they are delivering the appropiate content and providing the 'cues' to achieve high pass rates.

The course will cover:

• examine exam preparation
• understanding of the commmand words
• exam technique and accessing marks with regards to the external course assessment.

*this course previously ran in March 18 and the feedback received suggested it would be better timed prior to xmas

Previous attendees commented:

'thank you for a v. worthwhile course that I will actually take lots away from'
'An excellent course, that was beneficial & helpful for dealing with Higher P.E. Very much enjoyed it!'
'enjoyable course which created a greater understanding of exam, delivery and expectations. Good delivery pace, worthwhile'
'really good course'
'really good and useful discussions'
'excellent - more of these events needed'
'found the course very useful! Tom very knowledgeable & all discussion very useful. Thank you :) '
'relaxed atmosphere allowed questions to be freely asked for clarification'

AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE: Sample Answers for Higher Physical Education

Courses available to all teachers:

Supporting a Probationer Teacher in your department/faculty
- 7th September 2018

Mindfulness Level 1 - 25th September 2018

Teaching with the Ipad - 1st October 2018

An Introduction to Pastoral Care/Pupil Support/Guidance - 2nd October 2018

Managing your department/faculty - 8th October 2018

Making the most of GLOW - 9th October 2018

Mental Health First Aid - 26th October and 2nd November 2018

The first years of Senior Management - 30th October 2018

Using Excel and PowerPoint in the classroom - 5th November 2018

Mindfulness in Education: Resilience and effectiveness for School Leaders - 7th November 2018

Supporting young people with ASD and ADHD in the classroom - 14th November 2018

Supporting Young Peoples Mental Health, including Self Harm - 16th November 2018

Mindfulness for Students - 22nd November 2018

Preparing for Senior Management (for aspiring Deputes and Headteachers) - 3rd December 2018

Encouraging Creativity using the iPad - 4th December 2018