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Health and Physical Education Teacher

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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