National Partner Statement on Coaches in Schools

National Partners (Youth Sport Trust, Sport England, County Sport Partnership Network, Association for Physical Education, Compass) are committed to sustaining high quality PE and school sport – and ensuring that all young people have the best possible introduction through PE teaching and sports coaching. They believe, as a result of any direct investment into PE and school sport (i.e. the current Primary PE & Sport Premium), there must be long term change in the quality of teaching and learning as well as the contribution of PE and sport to whole school standards.

They believe that in curriculum time, teachers should not be replaced or displaced by coaches, but rather support their work and ensure provision is enhanced. Coaches can make a valuable contribution to PE and school sport by using their skills to improve the technical knowledge and confidence of teaching staff, as well as delivering additional breakfast, lunchtime and after school provision.

Many schools have identified a role for sports coaching in their PE and school sport offering, and all National Partners believe it is essential for coaches to:

  • Be employed by a school when a need has been identified by their PE and school sport review
  • Have the recognised minimum qualification, insurance and safeguarding standards to be employed to work in school sport
  • Not be used to displace teachers during curriculum time
  • Have a sound understanding of what safe practice in PE and sport looks like.

Sports Coach UK, funded by Sport England, is the lead coaching agency in England and has coordinated and collaborated with afPE, CSP Network , Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust in producing a Coaching in Primary Schools Portal. This provides advice for Head Teachers on how to recruit, develop and use coaches effectively using the government funding.

To access the web portal please click here

Advice on the employment and deployment of coaches

A guidance poster has been produced for schools providing advice on the employment and deployment of coaches to ensure they get maixmiuse the use of the PE and Primary Premium. Click here to download.

Effective and Sustainable Use of Coaches

A self-review tool has been designed in a simple format to clearly benchmark your school’s existing use of coaches against the relevant indicators of improvement expected as a result of the Premium, and to prompt future steps. Click here to download.

Coaching in School Sport Online Learning Package

The Youth Sport Trust has developed an online leaning package to help support coaches working in school sport.

The Coaching in School Sport programme, comprising four modules, gives access to videos, commentaries, guides, action planning, self-reflection and good practice downloads. It is also suitable for teachers and other adults who support the delivery of school sport. Click here for more details.

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