A PE Teacher plans and delivers physical education lessons at an educational institution. Working in both the practical and theoretic side of the subject, they deliver GCSE, A-Level and BTEC programmes. Their practical sessions cover a wide range of sports and must cater to the wide range of students. After teaching the fundamentals, PE Teachers must make sure their sessions are accessible, fun and as inclusive as possible. Regular analysis of student performance is required so sessions can be adjusted and the more able students can be tested.
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A PE Teacher doesn’t just get to oversee sport all day. Planning, marking and analysing are all key parts of the role which require plenty of time outside of formal lessons.
An undergraduate degree followed by a PGCE qualification is essential. Alternatively, candidates can learn on the job through school-led work-based training. Each route results in QTS: Qualified Teacher Status. National governing body qualifications in specific sports also help to strengthen any application.
Previous work with young people, such as being a youth football coach, is advantageous but not essential.