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Level 4 in Supporting Pupils Wellbeing Through Physical Education

Learn how to incorporate mental health and wellbeing support into the curriculum you teach on this nationally recognised course accredited by Sports Leaders.

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Physical education can be a key component in the emotional wellbeing of pupils. This course will equip you with the tools and practical knowledge you will need to support your students emotional wellbeing through physical education. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to: recognise challenges to pupils' wellbeing and advocate for the role of physical education in promoting pupils' emotional wellbeing.


  • Course leader – Simon Kumar
  • Duration – 30 hours: 10 hours of taught study time and 20 hours of independent learning time
  • Dates and times

    Wednesday 8 November 2023 at 1pm to 3.30pm

    Wednesday 22 November 2023 at 1pm to 3.30pm

Course Fees

£300 per person

Course information

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for primary and secondary school teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) involved in the teaching of physical education.

What will I learn?

This course is split into the following 4 units:

  • Unit 1: You will gain an understanding of how physical education can impact the emotional and social wellbeing of school pupils.
  • Unit 2: Learn how to implement an emotional and social wellbeing-based approach to physical education.
  • Unit 3: Explore how to empower school pupils to take care of their own emotional and social wellbeing.
  • Unit 4: Learn how to use physical education to influence the whole school to promote pupil's personal development through their key stage of education.

How will I learn?

The qualification is delivered virtually via Microsoft Teams and supported by the YSJLearn Moodle platform. This allows for assessments and feedback to be delivered electronically.

How will my employer benefit?

You will be able to promote the importance of supporting the mental and social wellbeing of pupils and the role of physical activity in this.

Course leader biographies

Simon Kumar

Simon Kumar is a lecturer and Programme Lead for (BA) Education Studies and (BA) Education SEN and Mental Health degrees. Simon has been a lecturer at York St John University since 2015, lecturing in Physical Education and Youth Sport, and more recently as a lecturer in Children, Young People and Education. He is also an experienced Sports Leader Tutor and Centre Manager.

Simon has a varied background which includes serving in the British Armed Forces and working in areas such as the fitness industry, disability sports development, and for the ECB as a coach developer. He is also a qualified primary teacher with experience of physical education teaching and school consultancy.

Sports Leaders courses

You can also study for the Sports Leaders Level 5 certificate and Level 6 award at York St John. Find out more on the course pages.

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