PE Teachers helping PE Teachers

Dear members,
Please see several updates below:

Committee Meeting Wednesday 13/1/21 5pm

We will be holding a committee meeting to discuss several of the initiatives currently underway and begin to look at basic plans for the future and the next conference.  If you would like to attend please email directly on and I will share the Zoom details with you.

Quality Assurance – How Can We Help Each Other?

– National 5 Portfolio Assistance (Part 2) – Postponed!

With the SQA announcing the Understanding Standards events running in February we made a decision at a meeting tonight to postpone our section 2 CPD session.  Thank you to all those of whom had signed up.  It was felt that the materials we were working with would becoming notably outdated and potentially repetitive to that of which you would receive from the SQA event.  We In no way want to compete but to support, we would encourage everyone to attend the SQA hosted events in February if possible.  We know this may not be possible so are proposing the following;

It has been well noted that spaces are limited at the SQA events and they have confirmed a video recording of one of the sessions will be released ASAP.  To try and support this SATPE will run sessions as planned towards the end of February for those who are unable to attend the SQA event and perhaps have questions our experienced facilitators can help with.  A google form will be available during the first week of February to coincide with the understanding standards allowing anyone to raise questions or queries we can possibly help with the weeks following.

– Verification and Cross Marking

All schools will have their own ways of carrying out “QA”; from internal cross marking, moderation exercises, CPD/CLPL courses or often network wide plans in place.  I have spoken with PT’s at schools across Scotland and found this to be mixed.  Ranging from departmental only processes, all the way to council and network wide marking setups (For National 5 currently).

As we seek to work together and support members we would like to offer an opt in platform for all schools across Scotland.

The principle is simple, work with PE teachers from other schools to cross mark/moderate grades to add an ‘extra layer’ of QA to procedures.  By leaving one contact email for a department, the levels in which you would like to cross mark and perhaps the experience of markers within the department we will be able to help PE departments all over the country come together in groups (sizes dependant on uptake) and work together for clarity.

Let’s help each other.

Complete the form here:

UPDATE: We have a number of schools across the country signed up an email will be going out to the email addresses provided following this email.  If you have not yet signed up it is not too late!

Pedagogy CPD Opportunity – Retrieval Practice

We will be announcing this month the beginning of our Retrieval Practice module for members to opt in for.  Please watch this space!

Higher and Advanced Higher PE 

We are happy to thank Alex Haskett for her initial session on the Advanced Higher course and marking the assignment.  We will continue to offer a further Advanced Higher session as well as one for the Higher course in due course.  This will hopefully begin from February pending support we can gather from facilitators at both levels.

Virtual PE (BGE and Core)

As we are set to follow home or blended learning for a period of time it is becoming increasingly challenging for all of us, It is our intention to try and share good practice across members.  Whilst people will be making use of online resources such as Strava, TikTok, Joe Wicks and other online ‘resources’ some schools will be experience more ‘uptake’ or success in various ways.  I would like to offer members the opportunity to please share anything they have found to work well here:

I find it worth noting here that this is prudent at all levels so we urge both Primary and Secondary members to share their experiences.

It is our intention then email out a list of different activities or plans various schools have tried that may help each other with ideas and valuable sessions for students.  We are often heralded, and I believe rightly so, with the ability to help mental health of all students via physical activity and health and wellbeing initiatives, if we can help each other with a variety of ideas it is important to do so.

UPDATE: We will collate this information this week for distrubution to members.

Virtual PE (“Theory”)

Thanks to those managing to attend a couple of basic online CPD sessions we could host to assist with the use of different tools for teaching online.

As Always,

If you need anything, have any suggestions on how we can all help each other please do contact me directly on

Paddy Cuthbertson 
President – SATPE