HL Deb 21 June 2004 vol 662 c108WA
Lord Moynihan

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What duty of care primary schools are under to ensure that teachers taking physical education lessons are properly qualified to teach physical education. [HL3191]

Baroness Ashton of Upholland

Governing bodies of primary schools are responsible for ensuring that teachers employed in their schools are qualified to teach the subjects they will be required to teach.

The standards for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) require that those awarded QTS must demonstrate a secure knowledge and understanding of the subjects they are trained to teach.

Qualified teachers in primary schools must demonstrate that they have sufficient understanding across a range of subjects, including physical education, to be able to teach them in the age range for which they are trained.

Local education authorities and governing bodies of schools may establish their own policies on additional qualifications for teachers teaching certain specific activities within physical education.