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Physical Education & School Sport

Teaching PE and Sport in Primary Schools

Staff directly employed in schools

Teachers, with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and other staff employed within schools (i.e. on the school payroll) are able to teach PE and sport activities where they have had specialist training as part of their Initial Teacher Training or through further INSET.

Apart from technical training, we strongly recommend key staff involved in curriculum development should also have undertaken a Certificate in Primary School Physical Education Specialism (PESS) Level 5/6 course. This course is also recommended for staff wishing to develop their professional knowledge relating to PE and sports teaching within Primary schools.

PESS courses can be booked via The Learning Zone

Matrix of qualifications / experience for primary school staff

This matrix supersedes current information in the 2016 HCC 'Safety in PE and School Sport' guidance which will be updated over summer 2017.

Staff with QTS status

Staff without QTS Status (eg LSA, sports coach on the schools payroll)

Note: for swimming, consult the HCC Safety in Physical Education and Sport document in EVOLVE.

Third party providers /coaches of PE and sport activities

A database of providers of Physical Education and sport coaching has been created based on information provided by organisations working in Primary schools.

A link to the database is available on the EVOLVE system, under the Resources tab. If you do not have access to the EVOLVE system please contact

The providers on the database meet the minimum 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.

Primary Schools should:

*Where more specialist monitoring is appropriate, a request can be made to the Outdoor Education and PE Service for an external advisor monitoring session to be scheduled

If you are using a company that is NOT listed on the database, they will need to email . If they meet minimum requirements, that company will then be included on the database.

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.  Particular regard should be made to the qualifications required for PE and sport coaches who are not direct employees of the school.

If any clarification is needed contact:

The PE team

Outdoor Education, PE & DofE Service, Hampshire Futures, Four Chimneys, Winton Close, SO22 6AB tel: 01962 876218 email:

Qualification matrix for PE / sports coaches who are not school employees:

Coaches may, with the right experience, support the development of schemes of work and programmes of study but will require a PESS L5.

Sports Degrees

Sports degrees are numerous and varied. They are, of course of value but their syllabi do not include teacher training - hence the need for Sport graduatesto continue their training via PGCE or SCIT courses in order to obtain QTS. It is for this reason that the County cannot recognise stand alone Sport degrees and graduates are advised to follow the matrix above.


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