Teacher CPD

scottishathletics has a commitment to provide free term time teacher training to every local authority in Scotland and over the last eight years has provided formal CPD training for over 2,500 primary and secondary school teachers. There are several key opportunities for teachers (and future teachers and school pupils) to further develop their athletics knowledge. These include:

  • Run, Jump & Throw courses for Primary Teachers
  • Run, Jump & Throw courses for Secondary Teachers
  • Leading Athletics (school pupils 14+)

Run, Jump & Throw for Primary School Teachers

The Run, Jump, Throw resource has been designed to place running, jumping and throwing at the heart of school physical education and to support teachers in delivering athletics activities in an inclusive, exciting and engaging manner.

Run, Jump, Throw embraces a child’s natural desire to move. The resource focuses upon running, jumping and throwing, the building blocks of athletics, which in turn underpin nearly all other sports and physical activities. Within this resource teaches will find three Teaching Sections covering the main stages of development:  ages 5 – 7 years, ages 7 – 9 years  and ages 9 – 12 years.

Within each of the three Teaching Sections teachers will find:

  • Two examples of Schemes of Work
  • Two blocks of six-week Lesson Plans
  • Over 20 Activity Cards covering progressions of running, jumping and throwing activities

In addition teachers will find information on How to Measure a pupil’s progression and improvement and a series of Support Cards (including Pupil Cards, Top Tip Inclusion Cards, Team Relays and Timed Runs information cards).

Run, Jump & Throw for Secondary School Teachers

The aim of this certificated workshop is to provide teachers and others working in secondary schools with the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver enjoyable and engaging running, jumping and throwing lessons that focus on maximum participation, increasing understanding and skill acquisition based upon high quality technical models.

The course demonstrates progression across all age groups in generic running, jumping and throwing activities. It is based upon safe and inclusive teaching methodology, which focuses on developing competency in the execution of athletics specific skills.

The additional programmes and resources available to support delivery, measurement and assessment, citizenship and problem solving are signposted and inclusion of all children and ongoing steps into competition are highlighted.

Leading Athletics Certificate

The 3 hour Leading Athletics workshop is available for club volunteers and school pupils (14+) and allows for the training and development of new volunteers, with the ultimate aim of supporting existing leadership programmes and attracting more young leaders into the sport of athletics.

While not a formal qualification, the Leading Athletics workshop is aimed at individuals looking to gain the skills to lead athletics activities to young athletes.  Individuals completing the course will be able to support Coaching Assistant and Athletics Coaches or support curricular or extra curricular athletics in primary schools

As part of the course you will receive free access to the Leading Athletics interactive App which provides course resources, ideas for leading activities and the Game Cards used on the workshop.  The resources include information on the roles and responsibilities of a leader, how to lead a fun and inclusive athletics sessions. The support resource also explores the key principles of running, jumping and throwing whilst providing technical information which support these principles.

Booking and further information

Unless provided as part of out commitment to provide a free Teachers Run, Jump & Throw course to Local Authority partners our courses cost £300 and can be delivered to a minimum of 8 and maximum of 24 participants.

Please contact coaching@scottishathletics.org.uk for further information or to book a course, complete the Booking Form 


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