Schools Apprenticeship Service
PE & School Sport

The PE and School Sport apprenticeship programme is designed for schools looking to enhance the coaching and teaching of physical education within their school. 

 

Primary Schools use a PE and School Sport Apprentice to support PE sessions, run after school clubs, or even provide much needed PPA cover for teaching staff.

Many Secondary schools use PE and School sport apprentices to maintain previous School Sports partnership relationships with feeder Primary Schools. They work much like the old SSCo’s, under the direction of a lead professional based at the Secondary school.

These positive sporting role models provide many benefits to both institutions, including increased performance, more PPA time for teachers, and an enhanced Year 7 intake at the Secondary School.

Practical Training

An Apprenticeship is all about learning on the job. However, we understand that if apprentices are delivering to Primary age learners, these sessions must be to a high standard. For this reason, all apprentices follow key knowledge elements of their programme in the first couple of months, and are signed off by their assessor before they are allowed to deliver to your young people.

90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship

Once signed off, the apprentices achieve the rest of the qualification, by showing competence in different work-based scenarios and tasks.

Typically, an Apprentice is expected to work for up to 30 hours a week for the school. They will need to be allowed up to 6 hours each week to focus on their studies.

The programme offers both Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3) Apprenticeships. It has been specifically designed for institutions that want to develop staff, and provide an enhanced, and innovative learning environment for all young people.

Pathways

Apprentices can follow many different pathways, when they complete the programme.

A Level 2 Apprentice will often progress onto a more supervisory role as a Level 3 Apprentice, or into a Level 3 Study Programme.

Some use their ability to coach sporting activities to a high standard as a springboard into the world of work, often remaining in the PE and School Sport Sector, working as a sports development officer, coach, or even moving into teaching assistant (TA) or higher level teaching assistant (HLTA) roles/qualifications.

Level 3 Apprentices can use the qualification to gain entry onto Foundation Degree Programmes or Higher Level Apprenticeships.

Many use the fact that they have achieved the industry standard PE and School Sport Qualification to gain jobs with Schools, Training Providers or coaching companies as coaches, PPA cover PE teachers or sports development officers. It provides an introduction to further opportunities for work within physical education and school sport as a higher level teaching assistant (HLTA) or teaching assistant (TA)

A school does not have to provide these progression opportunities for the Apprentices. VLUK’s IAG process will highlight to them how best to implement their newly acquired skills in pursuit of their ultimate career plans.

Timetable

To achieve in any walk of life, an individual has to work hard. We expect all apprentices to give of their best.

As full time employees of your school, they have to fit in with your values and ethics, and are expected to work hard, be it in their approach to coaching or theoretical study.

A typical apprentice can expect to spend anything between 30-36 hours a week studying, training, and developing his or her work experience. There are no half measures or shortcuts to success.

 
A conventional timetable for PE and School:

Monday 
Morning
 Admin support.
Afternoon
Industry Based Work & Admin support

Tuesday 
Morning Industry Based Work.
Afternoon
Admin supportIndustry Based Work 

Wednesday 
Morning Admin support.
Afternoon
Industry Based Work & Admin support

Thursday 
Morning Mentor Meeting & Industry Based Work.
Afternoon
Admin supportIndustry Based Work 

Friday 
All day
Academic day. Independent Study. (Computer and space needed).

The timetable is an example but it can be tailored to the needs of the business. Also, working hours can be increased as long as the apprentice is paid accordingly.

Opportunities

Throughout the programme apprentices will be challenged both in their teaching and coaching and through studying a variety of theory units. These units will provide the essential groundwork knowledge required to establish them as valuable employees of your school.

As a school, you will be expected to provide a work-based mentor to provide essential guidance and one-to-one support to the apprentice, throughout their time with you. Through this, and with the key knowledge an apprentice learns from the VLUK sessions, the apprentice will continue to develop in your institution day-by-day, moving onto planning, leading and reviewing projects, whilst being mentored and observed.

Training is designed to develop the apprentice’s interaction skills with others and give them the knowledge and understanding of everything that is required to become a valued support coach or teacher.

The apprentice is seen as a valuable employee, so will be expected to work and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.

Before the end of the programme, they will be able to deliver sporting activities and coaching to a high quality standard. The programme will increase confidence, expand knowledge and enhance teaching skills.

Many of our former students have developed within their existing workplace or go on to find work in other schools, whilst others choose to apply for further apprenticeships.

Qualifications

The Intermediate Apprenticeship

This Apprenticeship has been specifically designed for schools whose staff are not qualified PE teachers, but deliver PE, coaching and school sport to Primary age learners.

It is particularly suited to young adults from 16-23 years old, looking to develop a career in activity leadership or sports coaching and physical education.

Level 2 Intermediate apprenticeship in Activity Leadership - Approximately 13 months

  • Level 2 NVQ in Activity Leadership
  • Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Coaching Sport; or L2 BTEC Award in Increasing Participation in Sport
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths

 

The Advanced apprenticeship

This Apprenticeship is designed to provide a vocational pathway into the provision of; Children’s Physical Activity and School Sport delivery and development, in a range of environments including the community and schools.

It’s particularly useful for those who already work, or aspire to work, in a physical education and school sport setting. Designed to provide an enhanced understanding of programmes of study for physical education, the national curriculum and the environment in which they will be operating.

Level 3 Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport - Approximately 13 months

  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in PE and School Sport
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths

Those who complete this Advanced Apprenticeship will be suitably qualified with the knowledge, understanding and competency to deliver, plan, organise and assess the learning of children in a range of environments including the community and schools.

Case Studies

 

Secondary Academy

Apprentice 1

Role: PE assistant
To assist in PE lessons, organise & support fixtures of school teams, organise and run after-school clubs and lunchtime sessions

Benefits:

  • A cost-effective solution for the PE Department
  • Enhanced service of extra-curricular clubs and school teams for students, with no impact on teaching staff time.
  • Allows PE staff to concentrate on planning and delivering sessions, not admin tasks, such as arranging fixtures
  • The school trains enthusiastic staff “their way”,
  • The school can pick the best apprentices to employ and develop further in the future.


Apprentice 2

Role: SSCO Assistant
Provide feeder Primary schools with curriculum support.

Benefits:

  • Enhanced presence in feeder Primary schools, maintaining the SSCo links.
  • Income from feeder Primary schools, who pay for the service.
  • PPA cover for Primary school teachers
  • Additional service of extra-curricular clubs and school teams for students, with no impact on teaching staff time.
  • Positive sporting role models in Primary schools
  • Links create increased intake in Yr 7

 



Primary school

Role: PE Apprentice
Curriculum PE support, deliver PE session, and extra curricular clubs

Benefits

  • A cost-effective solution for the Primary school
  • Enhanced service of extra-curricular clubs and school teams for students, with no impact on teaching staff time.
  • PPA cover for teaching staff
  • High quality PE sessions delivered by trained specialists
  • Fee-paying extra curricular clubs provide income to the school.
  • Allows teaching staff to concentrate on planning and delivering sessions, not admin tasks, such as arranging fixtures
  • The school helps to train enthusiastic staff “their way”,

The school can pick the best apprentices to employ and develop further in the future.

Contact Us

  • To find out more about our Apprenticeship Service, please get in touch.

Start Date
Monthly from September 2015

Course type
Full-time Apprenticeship

Course Duration
13 months

Qualifications
Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship
Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

Pay
Based on National Apprenticeship wage

Employment
Apprentices need to be employed by the school

Job roles
Typical roles include PE Department Assistants, and School Sports Co-ordinators

Course progression
Access to further/higher education

Career opportunities
Primary school PE, cover supervisor, sports coach

 

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