Peer Assessment in Physical Education

A learners knowledge and ability to apply it needs to be evaluated and assessed in a variety of different ways. One of my favourite but most difficult methods is that of peer assessment and feedback.

Good peer assessment is collaborative and promotes cooperative learning. In turn this helps the student take an active role in the assessment of learning and even more crucially in the process of assessing for learning. The process gives opportunity for them to work out and reveal strengths and weaknesses in the learning that they see.

For peer assessment to be at its most effective I have found that;

  1. It must be built up gradually and over time
  2. Students must be actively involved in the process
  3. The teaching and assessment must be connected
  4. Different skills and deeper connected learning must be emphasised

Below are four examples of peer assessment sheets that I have used with groups with the aim of gradually building up the process of Peer Assessment.

Sheet 1; Two stars and a wish



PDF version can be downloaded here; gymnastics-feedback-sheet

This sheet is a good starting point to get students into the process of peer assessment. I have found that it is really important to try and get students to use and apply sport specific terminology in their observations and suggestions.

Sheet 2; Two stars and wish progression


PDF version can be downloaded here; badminton-feedback-pdf

The next step is to try and deepen learning and get students to think through their suggestion for improvement. They must not only identify good aspects of performance, suggest an improvement but also work out steps that the performer could follow to help achieve mastery. Then crucially I want the observer to think what the impact would be if the performer can master their suggestion.

As students improve in the process you can actually try a completely differentiated lesson where students work in small groups and have their own personal lessons which are dictated by the observers. I have then used the observers to teach and take the performer through the steps that they suggested. At the end of the session the performer then rates themselves out of five in terms of how well they mastered the suggestion.

Sheet 3; Summative Peer Assessment


PDF Version can be downloaded here; tennis-feedback-pdf

This sheet is a little more complex but is completed at the start and end of a module. Observers watch the performer compete in a small sided game and mark off against certain criteria and whether the performer is able to copy technique, apply it within games or use it to create winning opportunities. Again similarly to sheet 2 they suggest an area of focus and explain the impact mastery would have.

Sheet 4; Learning Wheel


PDF version can be downloaded here; football-feedback

This sheet is complicated but gets the observers to consider connections and context. It also attempts to show how each small bit is actually part of a much larger picture of performance.

I hope you find the resources of interest and use. I would love to hear from anyone who has found something that works well for their groups or indeed anyone that gives some of these sheets a try.


Kevin Peake

Founder of PESA; The PE and Sports Assessment Tool

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5 thoughts on “Peer Assessment in Physical Education

  1. I really like the presentation of your resources. What application do you use to create them? What age levels are these for?
    For badminton I tend to use scatter diagrams for peer assessment as I feel the placement of the shuttle triggers them to think of variety and therefore application on variety of shots. It’s also something visual and “easier” for the assessor to give feedback.


    1. Hello twilson! Many thanks – I use comic life for the resources in this post.

      Age wise it really depends on when you start training up your students; I tend to start the two stars and wish stuff by year 3 and then gradually build them up. The last two are designed more for secondary school students and I have tried them out with years 7/8.

      The scatter diagrams are a great idea for badminton and will give that a more structured go! Thanks for the feedback. If you want to collaborate on any resources just let me know.



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      1. No problem Kevin. I’ve heard good things about comic life. Does it take a long time to create these resources? Would you say it’s user friendly or takes time to navigate how to use it?
        At the moment I’m trying to get 8th and 9th grade to go into depth of peer assessment, to “constructively criticise” their peer. Difficult as they are too nice or too critical at times, but progressions being made.


      2. Comic life is fairly straight forward. I actually find the iPad version best for me personally. Lots of options and good flexibility.

        Let me know if you fancy making any resources together – always up for a bit of collaboration


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