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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.

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.


Quality Assurance

Best Practice Guidance on the effective use of individual and agency coaches in Physical Education and sport

afPE has produced concise guidance for head teachers and other leadership staff responsible for deploying visiting support staff within physical education and school sport (PESS). Click here for further information.

A Practical Guide to Coaches working in the curriculum CD-ROM

CD-ROM of documents and templates to equip private providers, coaches, head teachers, physical education curriculum leaders and chairs of governing bodies with everything they need to effectively employ and deploy a coach in a school environment. Click here to order a copy.

Minimum Standards for Active Coaches of Children and Young People

A free-to-use interactive tool that sets out the recommended qualifications, training and additional requirements determined by each sport for lead coaches working in a primary school. Click here to download.

Primary School Partnership Check and Challenge Tool

Checklist developed by the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) to support primary schools using external providers to offer sport activities for children. It is intended to help ensure that young participants will be safe and looked after while involved in activities and to clarify safeguarding arrangements.