Sport and physical activity sector agrees out-of-curriculum coach deployment guidance for primary schools

The first detailed guidance on how the sport and physical activity sector’s professional standards framework will affect the deployment of coaches in primary schools out of curriculum time in England has been published.

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The Minimum Deployment Requirements Guidance factsheet has been developed in partnership by Active Partnerships, Association for Physical Education (afPE), CIMSPA, ukactive KIDS, UK Coaching and the Youth Sport Trust. The project has been led by Sport England, with support from the Department for Education.

The factsheet provides headteachers at a primary school level with a “single source of truth” as to what qualifications and certification are required from sports coaches in their schools outside of curriculum time. It also details a transitional phase from now until academic year 2022/23 as the whole sector moves to a deployment requirements approach based on agreed professional standards that have been created by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

Nadhim Zahawi, Children and Families Minister, said: “A good coach can be the difference between loving a sport or never trying it again. As we work on the detail of our School Sport Action Plan – to help give all pupils the opportunity to find a sport they love and set them up to lead healthy, active lives – this useful guidance will help schools and their staff to deliver fun, inspiring sports sessions.”

Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England Chief Executive, said: “Our insight clearly shows that enjoyment is the biggest driver of activity for children. We need to make sure that anyone deploying coaches listens to and understands what inspires children to get active.

“This professional standards framework has the potential to do just that and could form the foundation for a new era of coach education. Implementing the guidance will ensure that primary schools have coaches that can deliver great activity experiences in a safe and fun way. And with the imminent publication of the School Sport Action plan, it is critical that we see more robust quality assurance from external providers to ensure that more young people benefit from active lives.”

Tara Dillon, CIMSPA CEO also commented: “This is a first for our sector and a real milestone. Sport England have bought together six organisations who together possess the expertise to offer primary education coach deployers real clarity on this issue.

“For CIMSPA this is a perfect continuation of the collaborative ethos that has established the professional standards framework across UK sport and physical activity. We look forward to working with our partners to share this guidance and help headteachers deliver safe and effective activity opportunities.”

The new online hub for the coach deployment guidance is being hosted by CIMSPA – the sector’s chartered professional body, at www.cimspa.co.uk/deploy

Further information resources are now being created for this online hub to help headteachers understand and implement the new minimum deployment requirements.

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