PE and sport qualifications for primary school teachers and staff

Qualified teachers (QTS) and staff on the school payroll can teach PE and sport where:

  • training was part of their Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
  • training was part of further INSET training

PESS Level 5/6 Certificate

This qualification enables participants to teach and/or lead the overall delivery of the primary PE curriculum. The PESS Level 5/6 course is recommended for:

  • key staff involved in curriculum development
  • staff looking to develop their knowledge of PE and sports teaching in primary schools

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Qualifications for QTS teachers

Key Stage One/Two - PE

Includes PE and sports teaching, except formal gymnastics skills.

Minimum Qualification: QTS

Key Stage One/Two - Formal Gymnastics

Formal gymnastics skills, including:

  • inversion -forward roll
  • backward roll
  • cartwheel
  • high apparatus

Minimum Qualification: QTS including Gymnastic Training (PE Specialism) or British Gymnastics Intermediate Teachers Primary Award

Key Stage One/Two - Curriculum Lead

Minimum Qualification: QTS plus PESS Level 6 course (recommended)

Qualifications for non-QTS school staff (e.g. LSA, sports coach)

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

Includes an introduction to games:

  • striking and fielding
  • net games
  • invasion games

Minimum Qualification: Multi Skills Level 2

Upper Key Stage Two (Year 5/6) - Discreet Sports


  • FA 5-11 Football
  • netball
  • quick sticks hockey
  • 'Kwick' cricket
  • basketball
  • Tag Rugby

Minimum Qualification:

  • Level 1 Coach Award from the National Governing Body of the sport
  • an RFU Tag Rugby course is sufficient for teaching rugby in primary schools

Key Stage One/Two - Gymnastics

Minimum Qualification: British Gymnastics Primary Intermediate Teachers Primary Award

Key Stage One/Two - Curriculum Lead for PE

Minimum Qualification: PESS Level 5 Hampshire combined course including:

  • multi skills
  • BG gym
  • L3 dance


Consult the 'Hampshire County Council Safety in Physical Education and Sport' document on EVOLVE.

Sports Degrees

Sports degrees can be of value, but they do not include teacher training. Sports graduates need to continue their training with PGCE or SCIT courses for QTS.

The County Council cannot recognise standalone Sport degrees. Sports degree graduates should refer to the list of qualifications.

If you need further information or advice, contact:

Outdoor Education, PE & DofE Service
Hampshire Futures
Four Chimneys
Winton Close
SO22 6AB

Phone: 01962 876218