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

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)
British Gymnastics Intermediate Teachers Primary Award

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

Key Stage One / Lower Key Stage Two - PE (all aspects except Gymnastics)

Includes an introduction to games:

  • striking and fielding
  • net games
  • invasion games

Minimum Qualification: NVQ Level 3 in Teaching or PESS Level 3 and Multi Skills Level 2
A National Governing Body award in that activity


Key Stage One/Two - Gymnastics

Minimum Qualification: NVQ Level 3 in Teaching
PESS Level 3 and British Gymnastics Primary Intermediate Teachers Award

Key Stage One/Two - Dance

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


Key Stage One/Two - Curriculum Lead for PE

Minimum Qualification: NVQ Level 3 in Teaching 
PESS Level 3 and Multi Skills Level 2 
PESS Level 5 (Hampshire combined course to include multi skills, BG gym, swimming, cycling and 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
Skills and Participation
Four Chimneys
Winton Close
SO22 6AB

Phone: 01962 876218
Email: [email protected]