Active IQ – the UK’s leading Ofqual-recognised Awarding Organisation for the Active Leisure, Learning and Wellbeing Sector – is launching a Level 4 Diploma in Primary Physical Education Practice. Developed in partnership with Sporting Futures Training, the diploma is aimed at teaching assistants, learners who have completed a physical education apprenticeship in a school setting and staff already supporting physical education in schools.
All learners must hold a Level 3 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning or Supporting Physical Education in Schools (or equivalent) and a qualification in safeguarding prior to studying the diploma. The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to be able to contribute to the planning, delivery and development of schemes of work in primary physical education.
The Active IQ Level 4 Diploma in Primary Physical Education Practice links to National Standards and is on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). The guided learning time is approximately 585 hours and the total qualification time including theoretical and practical assessments is around 730 hours. Learners will be placed with a school for an academic year for a minimum of 30 hours a week for 38 weeks during which time they will enjoy on and off-the-job training, supervised teaching and shadowing/mentoring by a qualified teacher.
Progression from this qualification could be to a higher-level teaching assistant, foundation degrees in teaching and learning, sport science, physical education and school sport and primary education.
“Physical activity among children is an absolute priority with rising levels of obesity and inactivity threatening the health of today’s youngsters and future generations,” says Lee Buck, Active IQ Head of Product Development.
“Key to children’s activity levels is the physical education they enjoy at school. Our Diploma aims to bring a high level of skill, understanding, confidence and enthusiasm to teaching and support staff to boost the time and scope of activity offered within primary schools. As a nation, we need to prioritise children’s health and wellbeing: upskilling staff in primary physical activity will really help drive provision and raise standards,” says Lee.
“This new Diploma is far reaching and rich in content to enable learners to have a full understanding of the national curriculum for primary physical education and explore creative ways to engage young children in physical activity,” says Jo Pountney, Director at Sporting Futures Training. “As an advanced level diploma, we are looking to promote sustainable high-quality primary physical education programmes and give learners the skills and confidence to engage with children, parents and school staff. By understanding the full context of physical activity in schools, appreciating inclusivity and managing any special education needs children may have, this Diploma can really enhance the physical activity provision at primary level.”