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Launch of the Professional Institute for Accredited Physical Education

by Sports Leaders,

Posted on the 22/11/2021

afPE Institute for Accredited PE

SLQ, the awarding organistion behind Sports Leaders, is delighted to be working with the Association for Physical Education (afPE) to launch the Professional Institute for Accredited Physical Education.

The institute is a national quality assured and respected umbrella organisation that leads on accredited subject specific professional development.

Drawing upon the joint expertise of national leaders who are at the forefront, afPE and SLQ, delegates can be assured of the opportunity to access up-skilling of the highest standard with scope to greatly enhance both understanding and application of subject pedagogy.

The Institute is a coordinating body with a nationally recognised accredited pathway and a focus on developing a competent, confident school workforce whilst driving whole school improvement through physical education, school sport and physical activity.


  • To drive up standards and recognise the workforces’ contribution to improving the lives of children and young people
  • To raising the status of the subject and the PESSPA profession through recognised professional learning and development
  • To make a positive difference to children and young people’s physical, social and emotional wellbeing
  • To improve the pathway to career progression and personal development which will lead to greater opportunities for the workforce

What does the Professional Institute for Accredited Physical Education offer?

  • Nationally recognised afPE qualifications and accredited awards
  • Provide external training providers with accreditation opportunities
  • A guarantee of a rigorous quality assurance process with an indispensable source of credible information
  • A commitment to the PE workforce to place them at the heart of every decision we make

Richard Norman, Chief Executive of SLQ, believes the Institute has the potential to boost the standing and reputation of PE. He said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership to establish the Professional Institute for Accredited Physical Education.

“Having worked with Sue and the team at afPE for several years to deliver the Level 5/6, and more recently launching the Level 4 qualification, their unwavering commitment to the PE workforce and its role in improving the wellbeing of children and young people is a natural fit with our own values and ambitions.

“We truly believe that a nationally recognised accredited pathway can support a competent and confident PE workforce, drive whole school improvement, and raise the status of PE to the profile we both believe it should have.”

afPE’s Chief Executive Officer, Sue Wilkinson, sees PE as a vital force for change within schools and understands the important role that recognised professional development plays. She said: “Those who work in physical education know how important it is to ensure that all children and young people learn to move and move to learn.

“It is not just about playing sport, but an area from cradle to grave that should be a priority. If children do not play, learn how to move, and through physical education develop their physical, social, emotional and cognitive wellbeing, research shows we pay the price as we move into adulthood.”

“It is important that those who teach physical education are respected, supported and are given time to develop their career. afPE and SLQ have seen the impact of accredited CPD and we believe that by creating the Institute, it will make a difference not only to the children and young people but to the workforce.”

To find out more about afPE, visit or discover our range of professional development qualifications, developed in partnership with afPE, here.

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