Teacher - Physical Education

Summary

Physical education (PE) teachers instruct students in sports, recreational activities and healthy lifestyle issues, in order to encourage and develop physical fitness and skills, self-esteem and interpersonal skills.

Duties & Tasks

PE teachers in secondary schools may perform the following tasks:

  • undertake general teaching tasks (see the separate entry for Teacher - Secondary)
  • prepare a year-long programme of learning experiences that link physical activities with issues related to health and wellbeing
  • teach a range of elective and senior courses depending on the needs and interests of their students
  • teach the basic techniques and skills associated with team and individual sports, dance, gymnastics, athletics, aquatics and recreational activities such as canoeing and bushwalking
  • plan and deliver activities to assist students' skill progression
  • teach students about community and personal health issues, including nutrition, sexuality, drug use and sexual health
  • instruct students in the safety practices associated with different environments, including swimming pools, gymnasiums and playing fields
  • coordinate special events such as inter-school sports programmes, swimming and athletic carnivals and lifesaving programmes
  • present special days and seminars for senior students on various topics such as stress management, study skills and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • conduct compulsory health education programmes that prepare students for life outside of school.

Working Conditions

Most PE teachers work in secondary schools and are usually qualified to teach at least one other subject.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy and have skills in physical activity
  • enthusiastic, patient and tactful
  • enjoy working with young people
  • good communication skills
  • commitment to personal health and physical fitness
  • excellent organisational skills
  • prepared to work outside of school hours.

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