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P.E. (Secondary)

P.E. (Secondary)

Prepare for a career teaching Design and Technology (Food) at key stages 3, 4 and 5 levels, with subject practice at the heart of your experience.

At a glance

Subject / Phase
P.E. (Secondary)

Course Length
1 year

School Placements


Academic Award

Professional Award
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Masters Credits

Partnered With
Sheffield Hallam University

Why Train to Be a P.E. Teacher?

P.E. plays a vital role in promoting physical activities and a healthy lifestyle in a positive and enjoyable way for all pupils. As a P.E. teacher, you’ll be responsible for honing pupils’ abilities in a range of physical activities and sports – helping them to develop their personal fitness and learn important life skills. As with all teaching jobs, you will feel the reward that comes from watching your students learn and progress – whether they then integrate healthy activities into their lifestyle, or go on to become an Olympic medalist!

What is Life Like as a P.E. Teacher?

As a P.E. teacher, you will teach students about a range of physical activities and sports, but also important skills such as teamwork and strategic thinking. No two days will be the same as you will cover a vast range of activities. You will have to plan and deliver lessons, but also get involved in school sports clubs and competitions. These extra-curricular activities are a huge part of life as a P.E. teacher.

You’ll work with young people to develop their sporting techniques, and have the chance to help them overcome sporting anxieties or a lack of fitness. As part of a wider department, you will work with colleagues to ensure that sport plays a central role in the school. You will also work with parents to ensure students can take an active part in classes, and develop further specialist skills in sports where they particularly excel.

What Skills Do You Need to Be a P.E. Teacher?

A love of sport and physical activity is essential, but you must also be able to inspire students of all abilities to engage in these activities too. Being able to communicate clearly, as well as listen, are therefore key skills, as you work with students to overcome any obstacles they may face. Being organised is helpful too, as is patience and a good sense of humour!

What Do We Cover in P.E. Teacher Training?

You will be trained to teach Physical Education (P.E.) at key stages 3, 4 and 5.

This includes training in university, via STSA’s professional learning courses, and as part of your school placements, as detailed below:

At University

Our academic partner is Sheffield Hallam University, whose course is rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted. At university, you will have the opportunity to hone your chemistry skills via seminars, workshops, lectures, group work, directed tasks, written assessments and practical work. You are assessed through supportive, collaborative means, helping you to grow and improve.

In STSA Professional Learning Courses

We run a number of STSA professional learning sessions throughout the year. These days are a great opportunity for our trainees to come together, catch up and share their experiences. Our trainees tell us this is a highly valued part of our course.

Examples of topics covered include:

  • The Professional Teacher
  • Safeguarding
  • Lesson/scheme design
  • Assessment: marking and feedback
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Barriers to learning
  • Organisation of self
  • Knowledge of consecutive key stages
  • Role of SENCO
  • Behaviour management
  • Building resilience
  • Child development
  • SEND and inclusion
  • EAL and new arrivals
  • Collaborative team teaching
  • Communication with parents
  • Planning for transition
  • Careers

The STSA team are on hand throughout the course to help you with any issues or questions you may have.

During your School Placements

Our course includes high-quality placements in two of our partner schools, providing experience in contrasting settings – which is part of the Department for Education (DfE) regulations for Initial Teacher Training (ITT). Your main placement is approximately 24 weeks over the academic year, whilst your complementary placement is approximately 6 weeks. You also have a 2-day experience in a primary setting.

You will have your own mentor in each school, who will meet with you regularly and provide support and advice. They will also assess your teaching in school.

You can find out more about what to expect on our course here.

Career Development

You will always be developing as a teacher and could progress to a head of subject role, or even head of a department or faculty. Some teachers decide to specialise in pastoral work, taking on a head of key stage/year group role. From middle management, you could then progress into senior leadership as an assistant, deputy or head teacher. With multi-academy trusts growing in number, there are also new opportunities working across a number of schools, taking on responsibility for your particular subject.

Want to teach P.E. and an EBacc subject?

We often have additional places for trainees who want to teach P.E. plus an EBacc subject. The EBacc is a set of subjects which the government would like every secondary school student to study. They are: English, Maths, Science, modern foreign languages, history and geography.

If you have a higher education qualifications, plus an A-level in an EBacc subject, then it might be worth considering. Please contact us to discuss it further.