A database of providers of physical education and sport coaching has been created based on information provided by organisations working in schools.
The providers on the database meet the safety management and safeguarding requirements of Hampshire County Council. It should be noted that it is for the establishment employing these coaches to determine whether or not they meet individual requirements.
ensure contractual arrangements are in place which are compliant with HCC requirements
confirm the coaches qualifications are registered with a recognised national governing body of sport
confirm that coaches have a minimum of £10 million public liability insurance
confirm that a current Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check is in place (Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) from April 2013)
carry out a risk assessment
ensure an induction process is in place for the coach
select a named qualified person who will retain responsibility for the pastoral care of the young people involved in the activity
ensure that a monitoring and evaluation system is in place.
For full information please see the ASL document 140 kB or Safety in PE & Sport [HCC 2012]
Please note: any schools with an early or later years setting, or providing breakfast club, after school or holiday club activities for children up to the age of 8, may have staff providing ‘childcare’ in those settings, and therefore the staff assessed as providing that childcare need to be checked that they are not disqualified, either directly or ‘by association’.
For providers wishing to venture into child care/early years further guidance can be found on the following Hampshire web page:
If you are using a company that is NOT listed on the database, they will need to complete both sections of the questionnaire. If they meet minimum requirements, that company will then be included on the database. Please download the questionnaire here:
When engaging or forming any contract with providers or coaches, establishments need to be aware of and adhere to the safety advice and guidance as set out in Hampshire’s Safety in Physical Education and Sport document (see below). Particular regard should be made to the qualifications required for non PE specialists and coaches.
Nationally, sports coaching qualifications are lead by Sports Coach UK who have required all National Governing Bodies (NGBs) to standardise their coaching qualifications.
Coaches qualifications are normally graded numerically in ascending order (see below). Where qualifications do not conform to this structure schools should consult the Outdoor Education, PE and DofE Service.
If any clarification is needed contact:
Roy Gittens, Programme Manager PE & School Sport
Outdoor Education, PE & DofE Service,Hampshire Futures, Four Chimneys, Winton Close, SO22 6AB tel: 01962 876218 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coaches with level 1 should, at all times, work under the direct supervision of a qualified teacher, or a level 2 coach.
Coaches with level 2 qualification can, once schools have satisfied themselves of the appropriate nature of the coaching, work independently with groups of young people.
Coaches may, with the right experience, support the development of schemes of work and programmes of study.
In the normal way coaching qualifications are sport specific, therefore as a general rule coaches are not qualified to coach other sports. However it would be reasonable that where a coach with a Level 2 sport specific qualification in an invasion game such as football, also holds a Level 1 in another similar invasion game that coach could deliver introductory sessions in the sport for which he/she holds the Level 1. The same principle would be true for striking and net games, but would not apply to activities such as athletics, gymnastics, swimming or other potentially hazardous activities.
Where Level 2 coaches are delivering sports for which they hold a Level 1 qualification, schools are advised that they need to carry out separate monitoring for this activity, as it must not be assumed that the coach will have the same level of competence as that for their Level 2 sport. By allowing the Level 2 coach to deliver their Level 1 sport or activity independently the school must satisfy themselves that this is appropriate and that the young people under instruction will receive a positive experience.
A relatively recent addition to the menu of sports coaching qualifications is that of the 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Multi-Skills Development in Sport (QCF).
This qualification aims to develop the coaches’ knowledge of child development and fundamental movement together with sports skills through the medium of ‘Multi-Skills’. This is an appropriate qualification for coaches wishing to work with children of Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2 age where the focus of Physical Education is the development of such skills. Where the activity develops into discreet sports an appropriate NGB award is required, as described above.
It is the responsibility of the Head teacher and Governors to ensure the safety and welfare of children and young people through effective monitoring of the quality of learning. This is regardless of the level of paper qualification a coach may bring to the establishment, club or centre (please see Appendix A – Safety in Physical Education and Sport).