PE Teacher

Physical education (PE) teachers work in schools and colleges, teaching sport and fitness to young people.

Day-to-day tasks

  • plan lessons and coaching sessions
  • teach a range of sports and physical activities to students of different ages and abilities
  • motivate students to fulfil their potential
  • set and mark assignments and update school records
  • talk to parents and carers about their children's progress
  • work with other professionals like mentors, educational psychologists and social workers
  • organise sports days, field trips and matches with other schools and colleges

Skills and knowledge

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • be able to motivate and inspire pupils of all abilities to take part and learn new skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • leadership skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations

Industry Qualifications

To become a PE teacher, you'll need a degree in Physical Education, or a sports related degree followed by a postgraduate teaching qualification.

You can do a sport or physical education degree with qualified teacher status (QTS).

You can also complete a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), if you have a first degree without QTS. This can be done at university or on a school-based training programme.

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