Outstanding Physical Education Lessons

Outstanding Physical Education Lessons

This course is designed to support practitioners of physical education design and deliver high quality – or outstanding – PE lessons, and to understand new ways to reach or sustain exemplary standards of professional practice. The global imperative to promote physical activity in order to address health and the pressures placed on schools and teachers to meet expectations of ‘outstanding’ makes this course important.

This course is the first MOOC in physical education. You can expect the learning to be lively, the conversations to be challenging, and the research to be revealing. This course will provide you with access to the latest evidence in policy, research and practice. You will also learn with likeminded practitioners from across the world and develop new understandings and approaches for your practice. The ultimate aim is to support teachers, pre-service teachers or those considering a career in physical education to take further steps on their personal professional learning journeys.

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The next start date for this free online course is currently to be confirmed. You can register your interest in participating at the FutureLearn website.

What is a MOOC?

A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course - these are free, open, online courses designed to offer a taste of higher education to learners from across the UK and the world. The University of Birmingham is delivering new MOOCs in partnership with Futurelearn, the UK’s first MOOCs provider established by the Open University.

Delivered by world-class academics from the University of Birmingham, the courses enable learners worldwide to sample high-quality academic content via a interactive web-based platform from a leading global University, increasing access to higher education for a whole new cohort of learners.

The courses have been developed by and with teachers and with senior academic staff at the University of Birmingham. The content is quality-assured in line with our other programmes.

After participating in this MOOC you may be interested in the following programme:

This course is designed to cater for the diverse and individual needs of practitioners working or wishing to work within the context of physical education. The course will support you and push you on your professional learning journey.

The academic team has extensive experience in supporting the CPD of teachers and coaches. The teachers who have collaborated in the design of this MOOC have been involved in such programs of CPD, with their new approaches to physical education described as “textbook outstanding”. 

By the end of the course, you will:

  • understand the characteristics of an outstanding physical education lesson;
  • know and be able to engage with the process of being an activator of learning;
  • develop the capabilities to engage in self-directed continuous professional development (CPD) using a range of digital tools.

How to apply

The next start date for this free online course is currently to be confirmed. You can register your interest in participating now at the FutureLearn website.

The course has been developed by the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham. It is led by Dr Victoria Goodyear, who has extensive experience of supporting physical education teachers, through online CPD, video blogging and social media.


  • Dr Victoria Goodyear

    Dr Victoria Goodyear is interested in how digital technologies, social media and curriculum innovations can support teachers to deliver effective curriculum programs for young people. After practising as a physical education teacher, she has devised new programs for physical education that have been supported by the British Academy, the Richard Benjamin Trust and the Society of Educational Studies. Victoria has won national and international awards for her research and her forthcoming book (October 2016) with Routledge focusses on ‘Digital Technologies and Learning in Physical Education: Pedagogical Cases’. 

  • Dr Mark Griffiths

    Dr Mark Griffiths is a former physical education teacher who now seeks to enhance and strengthen the practices of teachers and coaches through collaborative research projects in sport pedagogy. He has worked with the FA, UK athletics, Sports Coach UK and the Society of Educational Studies to design and deliver impactful CPD programs. Mark has been invited to speak at international audiences on community approaches to sport and plays a key role in supporting the development of new learning communities in practitioner-focussed fields. 

  • Professor Kathleen Armour
    Professor Kathleen Armour is interested in finding new ways to bridge persistent theory/research-practice gaps in order to benefit both practice and research in pedagogy.  She has worked on numerous projects with, for example, the FA, AfPE and the ESRC to design, deliver and evaluate the CPD of teachers and coaches. Kathleen recently created a new pedagogical cases model that aims to create a two-way communication channel between academics and practitioners. Her first book on pedagogical cases can be found here https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415702454