The Government has today announced £360,000 extra funding to double the number of primary teachers with a particular specialism in PE, following a successful pilot teacher training programme launched in 2013.
The extra funding means the number of primary PE and sport specialists will double, with 120 more trainees now being recruited, taking the total to 240 primary specialists in post by September 2015.
Following the Government's pilot programme launched in March 2013 - developed by schools in conjunction with sports bodies - from this September the first cohort of 120 qualified PE specialists will start teaching in primary schools.
The additional funding, which will:
- increase the number of primary PE specialists to 240 by June 2015;
- create a model course for primary PE specialists that any school in a teacher training partnership can use to grow their own trainees;
- give all teaching schools across the country the opportunity to provide this PE specialist course; and
- bring on board at least six new training providers by September 2015.
Responding to the announcement John Steele, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said:
Primary schools play such a crucial role in developing the physical literacy of young people and ensuring they have a positive first experience of PE and sport.
However, primary class teachers are generalists and have limited Physical Education training, introducing teachers with a specialism in the subject is a positive step forward and should be welcomed.