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As long-standing partners, SLQ Sports Leaders and afPE have been working together to create a new qualification designed to improve pupils’ emotional and social wellbeing. It will provide teachers with the support resources and skills through an accredited qualification to teach through PE the importance of being physically, emotionally and socially well - a timely opportunity for professional development.
The course, a Level 4 Qualification in Supporting Pupils’ Wellbeing Through Physical Education, is open now to primary or secondary school teachers currently holding Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The programme has been designed to be delivered via face-to-face, blended or fully online learning. The flexibility of delivery makes it perfectly suitable for the current challenges but can easily when the time is right, return to a traditional delivery model.
By completing the four mandatory units, delegates will gain a greater understanding of how physical education can impact on pupils’ emotional and social wellbeing, as well gaining the confidence and developing advocacy skills to influence the whole school in order to promote pupils’ wellbeing. Delegates will become specialists in supporting the emotional and social wellbeing of pupils through physical education the first accredited qualification of its kind.
As the pandemic subsides and children and young people begin the recovery journey and rebuild their confidence, it will be critical that the workforce commit to supporting their mental and physical health. Both afPE and SLQ Sports Leaders have prioritised their work to create this qualification to ensure that teachers are in a position to support the recovery process. This will ensure a whole school approach which places PE, physical and emotional well being at the heart of school life.
In announcing the new programme, afPE’s Chief Executive Officer, Sue Wilkinson MBE, highlighted the need to focus on Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) as a key component in the recovery. She said: “Both the DfE and the Scottish Government have published reports on the impact of Covid on children and young peoples’ emotional and mental wellbeing.”
“The physical education, school sport and physical activity sector has been evidencing and promoting for some time, the importance of PESSPA in supporting and maintaining children and young peoples’ physical, social and emotional wellbeing. Now more than ever PE must be at the heart of a school’s curriculum in order to make a difference.”
“This qualification will help teachers advocate and create transformational change in their school. It will help link the pedagogical principles, the national curriculum and a whole school approach, whilst allowing teachers to complete assessment tasks in their school context.”
“We understand how the professional development landscape has changed and by providing this qualification as an online opportunity it allows delegates to access a Professional Learning Centre anywhere in England. Delegates will be key in feeding back the impact of this qualification and to advise SLQ Sports Leaders and afPE on the review, so we need trail blazers to engage both as delivery centres and as delegates.”
Richard Norman, Chief Executive Officer of SLQ Sports Leaders, believes that the new qualification has huge potential benefit for everyone involved – pupils, teachers and school institutions. He said: “Since the beginning of the pandemic, everyone has had to adapt quickly and focus on one or two priority aspects of education, leaving little time or resource for anything beyond the core curriculum. In order to create a sustainable and enduring recovery, our vision of helping every young person realise their potential is more important now than ever before.”
“By building on our long-standing partnership with afPE to develop this qualification, our aim is to put pupils’ wellbeing, both physical and mental, right to the top of the agenda – it is absolutely vital that schoolchildren of all ages are given the support and encouragement they need to bounce back from a generational setback to their learning. Collaborative partnerships like this are a key focus for us and play a crucial role in addressing some of the challenges of the current situation.”
“Maintaining physical and mental wellbeing also applies to teachers, whose own development will have been placed on the backburner in recent months, making instant adaptations to their ways of working and losing any time they may have had for growing their own confidence and skillset.”
The qualification is the first developed by SLQ Sports Leaders to be delivered completely online or via blended learning, creating new opportunities for delegates, something which Richard recognises: “Working with our network of Professional Learning Centres to deliver the course online represents a huge step towards providing more teachers with the chance to develop their skills.”
“In recent months, we’ve all had to become more familiar with online or remote working, meaning that delivering learning through virtual environments is the norm now. In the past, learners needed to rely on courses being run at a time that worked for them and at a location they could travel to – both those factors are no longer an issue, which opens the door to a wealth of possibilities for everyone.”
Find out more about the new Level 4 Qualification in Supporting Pupils’ Wellbeing Through Physical Education, including how to become a Professional Learning Centre to deliver the course, by clicking here.
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