New boost for school sport and the Olympic legacy

1st4sport Qualifications is delighted to announce a new suite of qualifications for those who want to work in physical education and school sport.

Developed in partnership with the Association for Physical Education (afPE), and with the support of Compass – the association of sports and activity providers – the 1st4sport Physical Education and School Sport Suite is a set of qualifications that introduce learners to a number of roles in providing physical education and school sport, including:

  • higher level teaching assistant (HLTA)
  • teaching assistant (TA)
  • sports development officer
  • sports coach, volunteer and leader operating in a school environment.

These qualifications develop learners’ knowledge and skills to support the delivery of PE and sport activities in a school environment.

This suite comprises three qualifications:

The qualifications are perfect for those who already work, or have aspirations to work, in a school sport setting, and can also be used as part of an apprenticeship.

Head of Qualifications Development at 1st4sport Qualifications James Robinson said:

1st4sport Qualifications has developed these new qualifications to help raise the standards of those delivering PE and school sport activities. More and more schools are turning to external organisations to provide sports coaches and/or leaders to support their PE programmes. Although these coaches/leaders have the technical knowledge of physical activity and sport, they don’t necessarily know how to impart it to pupils in a school sport setting. The 1st4sport Physical Education and School Sport Suite of qualifications expand on learners’ technical knowledge of physical activity and sport, and provide them with a greater understanding of the programmes of study for physical education, national curriculum and environment in which they will be operating.

Chief Executive at Compass MartinGallagher said:

With the government’s recent commitment to school sport, and increased investment, there has never been a better time for schools to work more closely with professional providers of sport and physical activity. We will be ensuring our members, organisations that are deploying children’s activity providers in schools, see these qualifications as the minimum operating standards for their employees to be able to support schools with the delivery of their physical activity programmes.

The development of these qualifications is also seen as a further effort to help build on the legacy of The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Strategic Lead at afPE Sue Wilkinson said:

We have an opportunity to ensure that we have the best equipped workforce to ensure a sustainable legacy for PE and school sport. These new bespoke qualifications will upskill colleagues supporting curriculum delivery and school sport. Our expectation is that by 2015 any adult supporting teachers in a physical education or school sport capacity should be qualified to a Level 2 National Governing Body (NGB) Award and working towards a Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport or equivalent.

Sport emanates from good quality physical education, and we hope that teachers and other adults will work together to create a legacy.

Any organisation looking to offer these qualifications needs to become a 1st4sport recognised centre, and approved to deliver the qualification(s). Delivery centres for the1st4sport Level 3 Diploma will be required to be Compass members.