afPE logoLevel 4 Qualification in Supporting Pupils’ wellbeing through Physical Education

We know that the wellbeing of children and young people is just as important as their physical health. Good emotional wellbeing enables children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and to grow into well-developed, healthy adults.

The Mental Health Foundation states that "going to a school that looks after the wellbeing of all its pupils" will help to keep children and young people mentally healthy. Research and trusted sources, such as the World Health Organisation , Public Health England and the Sport and Recreation Alliance , clearly articulate that emotional distress makes us more vulnerable to physical illness by affecting our immune system, additionally it is important to note that education and health are inseparable.

The Association for Physical Education (afPE) and Sports Leaders (SLQ) strongly believe that those teaching physical education are key to supporting the emotional wellbeing of our pupils through the curriculum. Its importance is a high priority; therefore, we have developed a qualification that will increase the knowledge and understanding of the workforce at such a critical time. Now, more than ever, we must place physical education, sport and physical activity at the heart of school life to ensure that all children and young people have access to a high quality offer that supports their physical health and emotional wellbeing. This, in turn, will result in a positive impact on their social and cognitive development. This online, accredited professional learning opportunity is not only timely, it will also support the profession to be a proactive part of the solution, which is to support all children and young people to achieve the nest outcomes, in and beyond school. AfPE 12.12.20

We are really pleased to be able to deliver this new course created by Sports Leaders, which is designed to promote wellbeing for pupils through PE. The sessions will be delivered face to face at Colmore Junior School with a practical assessment at the end of the course

All the sessions are led by our PE Lead and SLE Emma Marshall, who has a wide range of experience working across different settings and is passionate about the impact putting PE at the heart of the curriculum can make for all pupils. The Colmore Schools are a registered centre for Sports Leaders.

Who is it for?

Primary and Secondary Teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) involved in the teaching of physical education.

Outcomes for the delegate

By undertaking the qualification, delegates will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of emotional and social wellbeing to pupils’ education and wider development.
  • Recognise current challenges to pupils’ emotional and social wellbeing.
  • Advocate the role of physical education in promoting pupils’ emotional and social wellbeing.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate physical education approaches that:
    • support pupils’ emotional and social wellbeing within their own practice
    • enable pupils to take care of their own emotional and social wellbeing
    • assist colleagues to support pupils’ emotional and social wellbeing in physical education

Impact on Pupils

Through the course delegates will be able to contribute to the promotion of pupils’ emotional and social wellbeing across the school. The delegate’s work will help pupils to develop positive emotional and social wellbeing by enabling them – in school and beyond – to:

  • Connect to others and develop a sense of belonging
  • Be active – physically and mentally
  • Take notice of their environment and its impact on their emotions
  • Keep learning and pursue their interests
  • Give their time, energy, skills and positive attributes.


5th October 2022 - 2.00-6.00pm

16th November 2022 - 3.30 - 5.30pm

25th January 2023 - 3.30 -5.30pm

15th March 2023 - 3.30 - 5.30pm

Session Delivery

Face to face delivery at Colmore Junior School, Kings Heath, Birmingham


£350 per delegate. Payable on invoice 

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