Physical Education Curriculum Design – April 2021 (Trailblazer Cohort 1)

Course Overview

This comprehensive programme has been developed and tested over the past 12 months to enable existing and aspirant subject leaders of physical education to challenge and transform their PE offer to be fit for every 21st century learner in their school.

The programme brings ideas from research and practice to life through a rich variety of video clips, blog articles, low stakes quizzes and tasks. They have been expertly created to enable you to reflect on your current context and practice before sharing case study examples from a wide variety of schools to help you transform your offer.

You will be challenged to complete tasks and personalise frameworks through self-paced eLearning activities before tuning in to regular Q&A checkpoints that will support your curriculum transformation. These live Q&A sessions will be hosted via Zoom. They will enable you to interact with programme designers and your cohort of learners to exchange and challenge thinking further.

All participants will be expected to upload a resource to capture their learning and thinking at the end of some modules. In doing so, you will unlock access to a growing library of ideas to help progress and support your thinking further. For example, uploading your student friendly curriculum intent statement will enable you to see the library of visuals created by others.

Each module is fully asynchronous, meaning you can log on each week at a time that is convenient to you and we hope you will choose to join us for the live Q&A checkpoint. These live sessions are not compulsory, but we encourage full participation to maximise learning and impact from this programme.

On completion of all 12 modules, you will be invited to graduate with your cohort and awarded a certificate.


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

PE Scholar - Will Swaithes

Will Swaithes

Will Swaithes is an experienced teacher, teacher educator and leader of teaching and learning. With over 20 years’ experience in education, he is currently a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education at Birmingham City University leading the secondary PGCE programme whilst also contributing to Initial Teacher Education at several other institutions including Loughborough and Buckingham universities. Will is Education Director at PE Scholar, a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for Redhill Academy, previous Head of Physical Education and Achievement for Youth Sport Trust (YST), previous Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning and author of an OCR GCSE PE textbook. He achieved Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) status in 2006 and also holds a Masters in Educational Leadership. Will has a reputation for high-quality consultancy services, mentoring support and training with an ambition to ensure PE stands for Positive Experiences for all children in all schools.

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.

The intention of this programme is to bring PE curriculum leaders together to connect, collaborate and create a world-class offer for students in their unique context.


Redhill Academy
Sarah Johnson
Director of PE, The Redhill Academy Trust

I would highly recommend this course!

The modules covered in great detail in this course are invaluable for heads of PE. By following some of these simple steps and guiding principles, our PE department had the opportunity to evaluate and reflect. We are now working towards a shared vision and following curriculum plans appropriate for all of our students. It has also been incredibly useful in preparing me for faculty quality assurance procedures and Ofsted deep dives. Will has a vast amount of experience and expertise in all of these key areas and I would highly recommend the course.

North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership
Dean Woodham
Partnership Manager, North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership

The 1-2-1 sessions are of real value

I would recommend every PE leader to complete this Curriculum Design in PE course. It is a transformative CPD journey that will challenge, engage and stimulate in equal measure. Will’s delivery is fantastic; passionate, knowledgeable and personable. The 1-2-1 sessions are of real value as it enables you to bring the learning to life ensuring maximum impact in your individual school context. The staff in our team felt it was the best CPD they have ever had. It is excellent value for money; making a real difference to the quality of PE delivery and the experience of young people within the schools they work with.

Additional course materials may be added here as the programme commences, but for now, please see the module overview below. This summarises the information available in the course content listing.

Module OverviewModule Overview

Programme Schedule

Introduction The programme will launch via an introductory live session on Wednesday 21st April at 4.30pm BST (GMT+1) Drop in 1 Modules 1 & 2 will be reviewed via a live Q&A + collaboration session via zoom on Wednesday 19th May at 4.30pm BST (GMT+1) Drop in 2 Modules 3 & 4 will be reviewed via a live Q&A + collaboration session via zoom on Wednesday 23rd June at 4.30pm BST (GMT+1) Drop in 3 Modules 5 & 6 will be reviewed via a live Q&A + collaboration session via zoom on Wednesday 14th July at 4.30pm BST (GMT+1) Drop in 4 Modules 7 & 8 will be reviewed via a live Q&A + collaboration session via zoom on Wednesday 15th September at 4.30pm BST (GMT+1) Drop in 5 Modules 9 & 10 will be reviewed via a live Q&A + collaboration session via zoom on Wednesday 13th October at 4.30pm BST (GMT+1) Drop in 6 Modules 11 & 12 will be reviewed via a live Q&A + collaboration session via zoom on Wednesday 17th November at 4.30pm BST (GMT+1) Graduation Celebration Everyone who has completed the course by Wednesday 15th December will be invited to a live zoom session to celebrate and share plans for 2022

Course Content

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Module 1 - Understanding Your Context
Module 2 - Interpreting your National Curriculum for PE
Module 3: Understanding Physical Literacy and its role within PE
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Course Includes

  • 69 Lessons
  • 150 Tasks
  • 6 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate
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