Primary Education students the first to pass Physical Literacy Foundation Course

MA Education students receiving their Physical Literacy Foundation Course certificates

Primary Education undergraduate students at the University of Dundee have become the first in Scotland to pass the internationally recognised Physical Literacy Foundation Course recently.

28 MA Education (Primary) students, who elected to take a Physical Education (PE) module in their second year, successfully achieved the course award, led by staff member Gillian Bartle and two others from the School of Education and Social Work.

Physical Literacy is an umbrella concept capturing the importance of physical activity from ‘pre-birth to the end of life’ and these students will continue to teach PE in primary school settings informed by the approach.

An internationally recognised qualification, Physical Literacy is defined as “the physical competence, confidence, motivation and knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activity for life” (IPLA, 2017).

As a recent Scottish development, several key stakeholders, including Education Scotland, were invited to incorporate Physical Literacy at policy level. Multiple organisations and professional bodies representing transport, urban planning, National Health Service, care services, sport and leisure, academics and so on, have been asked to design places and services, provide for, encourage and enable as many people as possible to be physically active.

For more information visit the International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA) website ( or contact Gillian at

The picture shows the students receiving their awards, along with staff members Gillian Bartle and Mike Bartle.