Coaches Working in Schools
As part of the premium funding programme, you may choose to employ external coaches to provide expertise and inspiration alongside teachers. By employing a coach you build links to local clubs and organisations that are vital for helping your pupils transition into community sport.
How can coaches help improve sport in schools?
- They support teachers and use their expertise to improve subject knowledge and confidence
- Teachers already have busy schedules so by employing a coach you can be flexible – they can organise and lead extra-curricular activities during breakfast, lunch and after school
- With their links, coaches can arrange for your school to participate in fixtures and competitions including the annual School Games
- Coaches can support gifted and talented pupils, helping them to identify talent pathways
- Mentor staff, young leaders and volunteers to set the school up for the long term i.e. a sustainable programme of extra curricular activities
Understanding Coaching Qualifications
It goes without saying that coaches working in schools need to have the right experience, qualifications and, of course, safety checks. We have lots of information on level 2 COACH qualification, safeguarding and procedures but here is a quick guide as to what each level means for working in schools.
Level 1 coach qualification: Level 1 Coaches need to work under the direct supervision of a qualified teacher or Level 2 Coach.
Level 2 coach qualification: Once your school is happy with their coaching approach, Level 2 coaches can work independently with groups of young people.
Level 2 coach and above: With the right experience, Coaches Level 2 and above can also support the development of work and study programmes.