Welcome to

the learning locker

"Will’s delivery is simply in a class of his own... All of Will’s seminars and practical delivered workshops are well researched and led with a professional passion that is infectious. Feedback from our trainees and staff alike is amazing ." [Mark Attenburrow - Head of ITT Physical Education, The University of Buckingham]

What is The Learning Locker?

The Learning Locker is home to Will Swaithes and so much more. Offering high quality professional development, learning and resources in and around education.

Popular courses and support currently on offer:

  • Effective teaching and learning in Physical Education

  • PE curriculum design

  • Subject leadership

  • Wellbeing resources for schools and students

  • OCR GCSE PE teacher support

  • Cambridge National Sport Studies or Sport Science teacher support

  • Active learning across the curriculum

  • OCR GCSE PE student masterclass or revision conferences

About Will Swaithes

Will is an inspirational teacher educator, leader and mentor of teaching and learning.

He achieved Advanced Skills Teacher status in 2006 and became a Specialist Leader of Education in 2012. Will has a particular interest in active learning and the role of exercise in optimising cognitive function, supporting progress and achievement along with a wealth of experience in teacher education and securing exceptional examination results at Level 2 and 3. He recently completed his Masters in Educational Leadership with a dissertation focused on the relationship between happiness and daily physical activity.

He has worked for a number of awarding organisations (exam boards) since 2006 and delivered highly successful professional development for staff and masterclass workshops for students. Will recently authored a very popular OCR GCSE PE textbook and online teacher resource and has books pending for Cambridge National Sport Studies and Sport Science.

Will is motivated professionally to raise aspirations, unlock learning potential and improve wellbeing among young people, enabling achievement at school and throughout life. With 20 years of experience in the education sector, Will continues to design and test innovative teaching practices and curriculum designs to improve outcomes for young people. He create resources working with other subject experts, schools and National Governing Bodies and regularly delivers both workshop and keynote presentations at regional and national conferences. During Covid-19 lockdown, Will supported over 100 schools to re-design their physical education offer and more individuals to consider their safe return to meaningful and purposeful PE.

Will was Head of PE and Achievement for the Youth Sport Trust from 2015-2018 and continues to do a lot of tutoring and authoring for them whilst also working closely with schools in two teaching school alliances in Nottinghamshire alongside other consultancy work. He works closely with Loughborough University, The University of Buckingham and a number of other providers of Initial Teacher Training as well as providing support for more experienced teachers and leaders.

Want more?

Find the latest blogs, courses and resources from Will Swaithes here @PEScholar

Get in touch to access MAT/ TSA wide, whole school, departmental or individual teacher development opportunities and student masterclass or revision conferences. Available either face to face or via video conferencing.