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Professional and short courses

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 Leadership Skills Foundation.

Physical education equipment

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 need to support your students' emotional wellbeing through physical education. On completion of this course you will be able to recognise challenges to pupils' wellbeing, and advocate for the role of physical education in promoting emotional wellbeing.


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

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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.

To express an interest in this course, please fill in the form below with your details and we will be in touch soon. 

What will I learn?

This course is split into the following 4 units:

  • Unit 1 - gain an understanding of how physical education can impact the emotional and social wellbeing of school pupils.
  • Unit 2 - learn to implement an emotional and social wellbeing-based approach to physical education.
  • Unit 3 - learn to empower school pupils to take care of their own emotional and social wellbeing.
  • Unit 4 - learn to use physical education to influence the whole school to promote pupils' personal development through their key stages 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 digitally.

How will my employer benefit?

Your ability to promote mental and social wellbeing will benefit the whole school and its pupils.

Course leader biographies

Dr Simon Kumar

Dr Simon Kumar is a lecturer and course lead on the Education Studies BA (Hons) and Education SEN and Mental Health BA (Hons) 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 Leadership Skills Foundation 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 English Cricket Board as a coach developer.  He is also a qualified primary teacher with experience of physical education teaching and school consultancy. 

How to apply

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Leadership Skills Foundation courses

You can also study for the Leadership Skills Foundation Level 5 certificate and Level 6 award at York St John University. Find out more on the course pages.

Level 5 certificate

Level 6 award

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