Third party PE and sport coaching providers

Guidance for hiring a coaching provider

Head teachers should:

  • Check coaches are aged 18 or over
  • Check coaches have a current Enhanced DBS check
  • Check coaches have obtained PESS Level 3 or similar level 3 qualification in teaching and learning.
  • Check coaches hold a Level 2 qualification in the sport(s) that they will be teaching and that these qualifications are registered with/accredited by a national governing body.
  • Had a face to face interview with the provider in line with Safer Recruitment guidance from the DfE.
  • Check coaches have completed safeguarding training.
  • Confirm that coaches have a minimum of £10 million public liability insurance.
  • Ensure that all appropriate risk assessments have been completed and are in place for the activity. 
  • Ensure all coaches working in the school have had an induction.
  • Select a named qualified person who will retain responsibility for the pastoral care of the young people involved in the activity.
  • Have obtained references for any coaches from someone who is in a position to comment on the coach/instructor/teacher’s suitability to work with children.
  • Ensure coaches are observed by a member of school staff before they are left to run a session.
  • Ensure that a monitoring and evaluation system is in place. Contact the Outdoor Education and PE Service to schedule an external advisor monitoring session.
  • Ensure that 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 qualification required for PE and sport coaches who are not direct employees of the school.

Qualifications for third party PE and sports coaches

Key Stage One - PE / Basic Movement - Lower Key Stage Two - PE / basic skills

Includes an introduction to games:

  • striking and fielding
  • net games
  • invasion games

Minimum qualifications to lead

PESS Level 3 and Multi-Skills Level 2

Alternatives to lead

A National Governing Body Level 2 award in an activity appropriate to the teaching 

Alternatives to support (with teacher or Level 2 coach present)

N/A

Key Stage Two - Discrete Sports

Includes:

  • FA 5-11 Football
  • Netball
  • Quick Sticks Hockey
  • Kwick Cricket
  • Basketball

Minimum qualifications to lead

PESS Level 3 and Multi-Skills Level 2 and Level 1 Coach Award from a National governing body of the specific sport

Alternatives to lead

Level 2 Coach Award from that Sports’ National Governing Body

Alternatives to support (with teacher or Level 2 coach present)

Level 1 Coach Award from that Sports’ National Governing Body

Key Stage Two - Gymnastics

Minimum qualifications to lead

PESS Level 3 and British Gymnastics Primary Intermediate Teachers Award

Alternatives to lead

British Gymnastics Level 2 Coach Award

Alternatives to support (with teacher or Level 2 coach present)

British Gymnastics Level 1 Coach Award

Key Stage One/Two - Dance

Minimum qualifications to lead

NVQ Level 3 in Teaching or PESS Level 3 and Supporting the Delivery of Dance in Physical Education and School Sport Level 3

Alternatives to lead

Dance qualification equivalent to Level 3 in the style of Dance they are teaching from a recognised dance organisation

Alternatives to support (with teacher or Level 2 coach present)

N/A

Certificate in Primary School Physical Education Specialism (PESS)

Coaches may support the development of schemes of work and programmes of study if they hold a PESS Level 5 qualification.

If you need further information or advice, contact:

Outdoor Education, PE & DofE Service
Skills and Participation
Four Chimneys
Winton Close
SO22 6AB

Phone: 01962 876218
Email: peandsport@hants.gov.uk