Introducing Physical Literacy

Understand and embed PL-informed practice within your PE, sport and physical activity offer.

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Course Overview

Introducing Physical Literacy is the first of a three part physical literacy professional development series that will help you to understand and embed physical literacy informed practice within your physical education, sport and physical activity offer.

This series is at the cutting-edge of physical literacy professional development, designed by world leading experts and delivered through an innovative community of practice model of blended learning.

Part 1 – Introducing Physical Literacy

  • In Part 1, you will learn what physical literacy is and how you can capitalise on its unique potential to promote engagement in physical activity for all and for life. You will explore the origins and definition of physical literacy, common myths and misconceptions and how it can inform your practice.

During this course, you will be challenged to complete tasks and personalise frameworks through self-paced learning activities that will support your understanding of physical literacy. You will also be invited to attend live sessions (hosted via Zoom) enabling you to collaborate with colleagues and course leaders to exchange ideas and challenge your thinking.

On completion of the course you will be awarded a certificate to celebrate your achievements. To find out more, please watch this 2 minute part 1 promotional video below:

You may want to stop at the end of Part 1 or go on and register for Part 2 and Part 3 of the series and continue your physical literacy professional development journey with us.

Part 2 – Unpacking Physical Literacy

  • In Part 2, you will cover some of the more complex aspects of physical literacy. This course includes an exploration and unpacking of the key philosophies and theories that can support the development of motivation, confidence, physical competence and knowledge and understanding. By registering on Part 2, you will also receive a complimentary copy of Physical Literacy: A Guide for Educators.

Part 3 – Embedding Physical Literacy

  • In Part 3, you will cover advanced topics designed to help you embed change in your practice. This course will challenge you to consider how you and your offer is nurturing physical literacy. You will be provided with expert support and guidance tailored towards your individual needs and context.


Delivered by award-winning physical education and physical literacy experts from some of the UK’s leading universities.

PE Scholar - Dr Liz Durden-Myers

Dr Liz Durden-Myers

Liz is a physical education researcher and teacher educator with over 15 years’ experience within education across the primary, secondary and higher education sectors. She is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education at the University of Gloucestershire & Bath Spa University, and Past Chair of the International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA). Liz is a qualified teacher and holds a PhD in Physical Literacy, a MA in Education, a MSc in Psychology and a BA (Hons) in Physical Education. Her research interests include Education, Physical Education, Philosophy, Health, Sport and Wellbeing. She has specific expertise in Physical Literacy, Teaching Pedagogy, Curriculum Design and Teacher Professional Development. Liz is an international speaker, passionate educator and physical activity advocate who champions the value of physical activity for life, for health, wellbeing and human flourishing.

PE Scholar - Will Swaithes

Will Swaithes

Will has over 20 years’ experience in education with previous roles including Advanced Skills Teacher, Specialist Leader in Education, Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning and Head of PE and Achievement for the Youth Sport Trust. Will recently completed his Masters in Educational Leadership; continues to do considerable work for YST; contributes to the PGCE PE programmes at Loughborough University, University of Buckingham and Birmingham City University along with guest lectures for a number of other ITT providers; leads the Head of PE network for two Nottinghamshire Teaching School Alliances; and also does a variety of other consultancy work. Will has a strong track record of authoring/ delivering training and has also published an OCR GCSE PE textbook.

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Course Includes

  • 5 Lessons
  • 10 Tasks
  • Course Certificate
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