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PE teacher

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

Potential salary
£17,682 to £40,490
Working hours
33 to 35 term time
  • 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
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • leadership skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • active listening skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

You will:

  • prepare lessons and teaching materials
  • teach and coach a range of sports and physical activities to pupils of different ages and abilities
  • manage class behaviour, motivate and encourage all pupils to take part
  • work with learning support assistants to help pupils with special educational needs and disabilities
  • set and mark assignments and prepare pupils for exams
  • attend meetings and training
  • talk to parents and carers about their children's progress
  • work with other professionals such as educational psychologists, counsellors, social workers and mentors
  • organise events like sports days, field trips and matches with other schools and colleges
  • take registers, update records and write reports

You could work at a school or at a college.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

You could become a specialist leader of education, supporting teachers in other schools. You could also become a curriculum leader, head of department, deputy head or headteacher.

You could use your experience to work in coaching or sports development.

You can find out more about how to become a teacher from Get Into Teaching.

You can also search for jobs through the Teaching Vacancies service.

Data from National Careers Service.
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