The Football Association have issued the following advice to schools outlining the minimum operating standards required by coaches working during curriculum time to support teachers in the delivery of High Quality Physical Education. The intention should not be to replace or displace teachers, but instead to support aiming for a sustainable approach.

The recognised minimum standards for coaches employed to work during curriculum time in schools are:

  • Minimum age — 18 years old for all paid coaches working in schools
  • Appropriate qualifications — the minimum qualification for a coach or professional working in a primary school context is considered to be a UKCC level 2 coaching qualification or equivalent. If delivering ‘higher risk activities’ (e.g. Gymnastics, Swimming, Outdoor and Adventurous activities or Athletics – involving equipment) a UKCC level 2 must be held by the coach leading the activity. In addition to this the coach must hold or be working towards 1st4sport/afPE Level 3 in supporting PE and school sport (or hold Qualified Teacher Status), to comply with the afPE Safe Practice Guidance for Schools
  • Appropriate insurance which covers the coach for the duties the school have asked them to carry out at the school
  • Policies and procedures. As a minimum, the school should have in place, and require the coach to sign up to, the following policies: code of practice, equality, participant welfare, health and safety, which should be part of a thorough school induction
  • Safeguarding children and vulnerable groups — coaches must have a DBS check completed
  • Coaches must hold an in date First Aid qualification
  • Coaches to ensure that they have a system in place whereby they are regularly monitored and evaluated
  • Coaches are to ensure that a member of staff from the school is present during lessons aiming to create a sustainable approach
  • Coaches may consider a Multi-Skills Level 2 qualification

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