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."
What is the learning locker?
The Learning Locker is home to Will Swaithes, offering high quality professional development and learning in and around education.
Popular courses and support currently on offer:
- Effective teaching and learning in Physical Education
- PE curriculum design
- Subject leadership
- 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
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 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 books for OCR GCSE PE and 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.
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 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.
A sample of these can be accessed below:
- OCR GCSE (9-1) PE student textbook for illuminate publishing
- OCR GCSE (9-1) PE teacher support digital bundle
- Cambridge National Level 1/2 in Sport Science for illuminate publishing
- Cambridge National Level 1/2 in Sport Studies for illuminate publishing
Here is a short selection of other materials produced.
Publication for Youth Sport Trust
Blogs for Youth Sport Trust
Blogs for Teacher Toolkit:
Will has been leading our PE network meeting for several years. This regular CPD is so valuable as a head of PE, Will is knowledgeable about the current climate in PE, but more than that, he facilitates the sessions with a real insight into what the challenges are when teaching and leading on PE. Sessions are always engaging and the focus of sessions always relevant. Fundamentally Will is passionate about the physical education students receive, he provides a safe space for us to challenge our practice, systems and curriculum and supports the development of our faculties fully. I would highly recommend attending CPD sessions with Will’.
‘Will’s delivery is simply in a class of his own. He has been a valued member of the Physical Education tutor team on Buckingham University’s residential programme, for the past few years. 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. He is a fantastic advocate for Physical Education. I have no reservations in fully recommending Will’.
‘Will came in and performed a full Faculty review, which encompassed all aspects of PE. During his time with us, he provided reassurance for myself and members of my team around our practice and direction of travel. Will offered a full action report that gave really specific key foci for us to work towards. The most impressive element of Will’s visit, was his attention to detail, where his depth of experience gave us an insight in to what a forward thinking and innovative department should look like. He also ensured we met the challenges posed by the new Ofsted Inspection Framework’.
‘It has been such a pleasure to work alongside Will Swaithes, who has become my professional ‘critical friend’. He is always willing to provide his guidance, feedback and his own thoughts and ideas to anything I share with him. As a head of department, I always feel like this support makes me look at aspects that I had planned in a different light and highlight other questions I needed to consider to move forward. The INSET session he joint lead with myself, to evaluate my departments new KS3 curriculum was fantastic. His fresh ideas allowed my department to reflect on our current provision positively and unpick small changes which needed to be made to ensure the curriculum was robust. Furthermore, his new ideas engaged my team and they all went away from the session buzzing and keen to further develop our curriculum’.
Further quotes from anonymous session feedback:
“Will was very informative and kept the training moving with good pace. He was great at answering questions.” PE Subject Leader, September 2019
“Motivated tutor and very knowledgeable.”
“Pace was great and had a lot of opportunities to share with others. Very comfortable environment created by the tutor.”
“Easy to follow, enthusiastic delivery, practical ideas to implement.” PE Subject Leader, November 2019
“Really informative and thought provoking. Inspired me to think about the WHY we do PE.” PE Subject Leader, November 2019
“Excellent. Feeling full of ideas and enthusiasm for making changes”. PE Subject Leader, November 2019
“Really enjoyed the day. Challenged my current practice and gave me much to implement moving forward”. PE Subject Leader, December 2019
“Will was engaging and brought great variety to the session. It was interactive and allowed good time for discussion.” PE Subject Leader, January 2020
“The best course I have been on, as it delivered a variety of knowledge and skills that could be implemented instantly with resources to support.” PE Subject Leader, January 2020