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CPD for Primary School Teachers in Primary Physical Education

  • Level: CPD
  • Starting: There are no set dates for this course. Sessions will be run to cater to demand.
  • Study mode: Flexible delivery. See 'Fees and How to Apply' tab for more information.
  • Location: City South

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Any arrangements put in place by the University for the 2021/22 academic year will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

The CPD programme for primary physical education has been designed to meet the pertinent knowledge that a teacher will need at different stages of their career. 

In England, primary physical education (PE) currently enjoys a heightened profile at government level with increased funding and accountability in schools.

Teachers are now expected to deliver lessons that are considered by Ofsted (2013) to be ‘good’ or better by accessing professional learning opportunities, resourcing subject materials and drawing upon expertise to support subject leadership and management.

Our belief at BCU is to empower teachers and support them in becoming competent and confident physical educators. We have developed a programme that will support teachers across our partnership schools.

What's covered in the course?

  • Introduction to Physical Education
  • Modern PE and Behaviour Management
  • Health and Safety in PE
  • Physical Education related current affairs
  • PE Leadership
  • Teaching Styles and facilitated learning – the use of teaching model based learning
  • Differentiation and inclusion in PE
  • Assessment and Questioning in PE
  • Creating a growth mind set in PE
  • Technology in PE
  • How do we compare, analyse and evaluate in PE?
  • Fundamental movement skills
  • Games
  • Athletics
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • OAA
  • Contemporary/New sports

Why Choose Us?

The CPD programme will be underpinned by the following principles:

  • All sessions will have differentiation and inclusion theory as the backbone of their content. • Sessions will include a broad and balanced approach including, content knowledge, pedagogy,research and context specific practices
  • The CPD offer can include up to 2 or 3 sessions within one 150 minute block, depending on sessions wishing to undertake
  • The sessions are a mixture of practical and theory, so a classroom and hall is required
This course is not open to International students

Flexible Delivery

Here at Birmingham City University we recognise that to undertake a programme like this we need to sit around work, family and social commitments. That is why we can offer these sessions in a variety of ways. For example you and your colleagues could come to us at BCU where we can run the programme in our brand new state of the art facilities. We can come to you in your school or academy at a time convenient to you. Or a group of local schools could come together to host. The how we do this list is endless and one we would tailor to suit you.

How to apply

If you are interested in this course please contact Claire Pickerill on: 

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

As part of these plans, the University's Education provision will join the rest of the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences at our City South Campus in Edgbaston during 2018.

This is the third phase of the University's project to move all teaching and learning to two campuses, City Centre and City South. By moving our Education provision, we are creating a hub for the provision of public service contracts and professional development at City South Campus and improving the student experience with a stronger sense of community and more consistent support services and facilities.


In addition to classrooms, a lecture theatre, social learning spaces, an open access IT suite and cafe facilities, the new £41 million extension to our City South Campus offers a range of specialist teaching and learning facilities for specific subjects including science, design and technology, drama and physical education.  


All our departmental facilities replicate the school learning environment.

  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • History
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Religious Education
  • Music
  • Drama

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Grant huddleston

Grant Huddleston

Course Leader BA/BSc Hons. Secondary Education (QTS), Senior Lecturer in Physical Education

Grant is a senior lecturer in Physical Education. When starting at Birmingham City University in 2017, Grant was the subject leader for Physical Education, working across primary and secondary education on the BA (QTS) Primary Education, PGCE Primary Education (QTS), and PGCE Secondary Physical Education (QTS) courses.

In 2019, Grant moved full time into the secondary education department and is the subject lead for Physical Education on the BA Hons. Secondary Physical Education (QTS) degree and PGCE Secondary Physical Education (QTS). In 2020, Grant was appointed as course leader of the BA/BSc Hons. Secondary Education (QTS) courses.

Read Grant's full profile


If you have any queries about this course please contact Claire Pickerill on: