Colleges Staff Development


A high quality rugby union programme provides an attractive addition to the college offer and valuable links with the local community. Using the resources included in these pages, the curriculum can be enhanced and supported by rugby and students can develop functional skills that can be transferred into other environments. In addition to this the college staff can also access the England Rugby Teacher website that contains there are hundreds of ideas, materials and resources on a range of subjects to help enrich your curriculum and rugby sessions.  


England Rugby is supporting rugby clubs, schools, colleges and universities across the country to bring rugby union to young people. Rugby’s values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship are the cornerstone for everyone who comes into contact with the sport. This is just as important off the pitch as on it; so we have developed My Values, My Future resources to help education institutions share the values in a classroom setting and work with their students for their future. In February 2015, the Department of Education and Ofsted released a publication entitled “Better inspection for all”. This publication will lead to the new Common Inspection Framework (CIF) which will be published ready for implementation in September 2015.

The new CIF will be the framework for all sectors including sixth form colleges and further education providers. Within this framework will be a new judgement entitled “personal development, behaviour and welfare”. This programme from England Rugby meets the needs of this section of the Common Inspection Framework. It is just as useful for those learners on an academic programme as it is for those learners on a vocational or apprenticeship programme. These lesson plans will develop a learner’s transferable skills and core values which are as essential to the learner’s employability as to the new Ofsted criteria.

The first and last lesson need to be delivered in that order. The other lessons may be delivered in the sequence they are presented but, where a teacher/instructor/tutor feels they need to be in a different order to make them more relevant to the study/work cycle of the learner, this will not affect the impact of these sessions.



To become either a qualified coach or referee has never been easier. Whether you wish to become an active match official, a coach at your local club or are considering taking up refereeing/ coaching for the first time there are suitable qualifications, courses and support services to help you fulfil your potential. These are great ways to stay involved in the game, help existing players enjoy the game and encourage new players to get involved.


Designed to be an introduction to leadership within rugby union, the Rugby Activator course develops key transferable skills such as time management, organisation and communication. Students who become Rugby Activators will also be introduced to basic coaching and refereeing skills. For those who are interested in further developing their Leadership skills, we offer the Level 2 Leadership through Rugby Union qualification. Developed in partnership with the RFU, the 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Leadership through Rugby Union (QCF) is an exciting qualification which enables young people to develop leadership skills and engage with grassroots rugby union. To discuss putting on a course at your college please contact your local Area Training Manager.


We aim to provide an attractive, high quality experience to increase student enjoyment and raise their self-confidence and motivation in life as well as in rugby. Rugby Union is an easy and low cost way to enhance the student experience. The sport has many different opportunities that can be accessed by students of all shapes and sizes, irrespective of gender or previous experience.


The RFU in partnership with AoC Sport and NatWest aims to provide colleges with accessible competitions for all levels, from regional festivals to national championships. AOC Sport is a membership organisation representing the sporting interests of students and colleges across the UK. To find out more please visit the AoC Sport website. The Natwest Cup is the premier U18 tournament in school and college rugby, where teams compete regionally and then nationally for the chance to play at Twickenham and clinch the coveted trophy. For more information please visit the Natwest Cup pages on the website.