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 Recruitment- Finding the right coach

 Qualifications- What qualifications and skills are required?

Through the Primary PE and Sport Premium, primary schools in England have dedicated funding to enhance their PE and school sport offer to children. Around two thirds of schools nationally are using some

of the funding to employ external sports coaches. Coaches can perform a valuable role in supporting and up-skilling teachers to improve the delivery of PE and sport, as well as providing breakfast, lunchtime and after school clubs.

It is common knowledge that Head Teachers, Primary PE Leads and School Governors are extremely busy, so Sports Coach UK has put together some key messages for all schools employing coaches:

 Coaches should only be employed through Premium Funding when a need has been identified by the school’s PE and school sport review.

 Coaches should not be used to displace teachers during curriculum time.

 Your local County Sports Partnership (Kent Sport) can help you identify a suitable coach.

Although there are many coaches working in primary schools there hasn’t been a resource readily available where school staff can check what qualifications are required to deliver each sport or how they can effectively deploy coaches within their schools.

Thankfully Sports Coach UK has recognised that this issue needed to be addressed and have developed an online resource (toolkit) in collaboration with national partners (The Association for Physical Education, County Sports Partnership Network, Sport England, UKactive Kids and the Youth Sport Trust).

The new toolkit has been designed for ease of use and has clearly defined headers so that school staff may access the section they need quickly. The sections include:

 Background to the Primary PE and Sport Premium

 Getting the most from using a coach

 Monitoring and Evaluation- The quality and impact of coaching and OFSTED inspection

Recent DfE and Ofsted reports indicate that many schools are spending a high proportion of their funding on sports coaching. This Toolkit will help Headteachers, PE Leads, coaches and coach deployers gain the knowledge required to ensure that the use of coaches is both effective and sustainable in an easy step-by-step way. Please be aware that in some sports a title other than coach may be used to describe the person leading an activity, such as instructor, leader or trainer. Exactly the same principles of effective and sustainable use detailed

within the toolkit apply, regardless of the badge.

The toolkit can be found at: http:// about-uk-coaching/coaching-schools- portal or google Sports Coach UK schools toolkit

Don’t forget to also check out Sport Coach UK’s Coaching Self-Review Tool. This Self-Review Tool has been designed in a simple format to clearly benchmark your school’s

existing use of coaches against the relevant indicators of improvement expected as a result of the Premium, and to prompt your future steps.

Google: school coach self-review tool The Kent & Medway School Sports Magazine 9

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