PE teachers deliver lessons in a very broad range of physical activities including athletics, dance, gymnastics, team sports, outdoor pursuits, swimming and a whole host of other sports and games. As well as working closely with other areas of the school, they often deliver specialist coaching to individual athletes and teams within the school.
Physical Education teacher training options
Secondary school teachers either have a degree in a suitable sports subject plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) or have studied a degree that combines sports-related studies and education.
Holly Mathie – Physical Education Teacher at Hazlehead Academy
“The fantastic support and educational experience from my Physical Education teachers when I was at school gave me aspirations to become one myself. I feel I bring enjoyment for the pupils and my colleagues with a fun attitude to learning and working.
"Physical Education is a subject that is extremely diverse in terms of pupil ability and activities. Each day presents different circumstances, for myself and the learners. There are always new challenges but that’s what makes it interesting.
"While it’s fantastic having elite performers in your classes, the pupils who fight to overcome struggles in Physical Education are often the most rewarding to work with. Assisting them with the slightest improvement in any activity is of great significance and importance to their development and confidence.
"Teaching isn’t just a job, it’s a lifestyle. If you give it the dedication, passion and positive attitude it requires to thrive, you will have an enjoyable and rewarding life-long career."