Standards (NOS) for Yoga Teachers

Please ensure you have read the Draft NOS before completing this survey - a copy is available for download on the SkillsActive website www.skillsactive.com under consultations  

SkillsActive is the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning and Wellbeing; licenced and officially recognised by Government. Sector Skills Councils are independent, employer-led, UK-wide organisations and are committed to working in partnership across the four nations to create the conditions for increased employer investment in skills which will drive enterprise, create jobs and lead to sustainable economic growth.

 National Occupational Standards (NOS) describe the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to undertake a particular task or job to a nationally recognised level of competence. National Occupational Standards are benchmarks of performance, not regulation. They provide the means for assessing performance in a job: they are work-related statements of the ability, knowledge, understanding and experience that an individual should have to carry out key tasks effectively. Anyone in an occupation covered by NOS can use them to determine what level of competence is required and more importantly, whether their own performance meets that industry or sector[1] expectation. The Development of any National Occupational Standard goes through a rigorous research, development, consultation and refinement process that is agreed by an industry led Steering Group and Government office in all four nations across the UK.

Several aspects drove the initial approach for the development of a set of NOS for Yoga teachers:

·         request from the sector to set a benchmark for the teaching of  Yoga

·         confusion of insurance providers regarding the standards for Yoga practice and what could be insured

·         confusion from training providers regarding the correct qualification required by the sector

·         need for standards that set a minimum level of experience/skills that ensure safe practice in teaching yoga, preventing the risk of injury to participants

·         request for consistency of standards for teaching yoga, across the UK to provide a clear benchmark for entry on to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)

 
We would like to emphasise that it is not the practice of yoga and its many approaches and philosophies that are being sought to be standardised. The NOS review will only cover the teaching of yoga. As it is stated in the footnotes below, it is not meant to control or pigeonhole individuals and their practices and beliefs. The principle behind the approach to develop NOS is to establish an agreed core of fundamental skills with which to teach yoga; not what you teach. Likewise, it is appreciated that we are all individuals and this process should not be seen as trying to turn out teachers who are regimented in their teaching methods, delivery and approaches.

 
Employers, partner organisations and industry experts ultimately lead SkillsActive work as facilitators to the development of any NOS suite. The process aims to be transparent and accessible, recognising and respecting the diversity of backgrounds, culture and traditions of practising yoga. The NOS development process is to be focused on the teaching of yoga, which has no religious bias, goal or aim, thereby promoting yoga in an inclusive way that is open to all religions and not confined to one.

 



[1] ‘industry or sector’ is used here to refer to the breadth of yogic practices and potential stakeholders. It is a common term or descriptor used within the NOS development process and is not meant to control or pigeonhole individuals and their practices and beliefs

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* 1. Address

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* 2. Do you agree with the Yoga Teacher functional mapping on pages 4?

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* 3. We have included a term of reference document to outline the scope of this NOS suite detailed on page 38.     
This will be included in the additional information section of every NOS. 

Do you feel this wording reflects the scope of the NOS suite?

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* 4. Do you agree the Values detailed on page 37 underpin the role of a Yoga Teacher?

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* 5. Do you agree the Behaviours on Pages 37 underpin the role of a Yoga Teacher?

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* 6. Do you agree the Skills on Page 37 underpin the role of a Yoga Teacher?

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* 7. ‘Organisational policies and procedures’ have not been included in the scope and range as it was felt that the content would be too exhaustive. Therefore, it has been included in the glossary as detailed below. Do you agree with this suggestion?

Organisational policies and procedures

In addition to statutory legal requirements, these are the agreed working procedures that must be followed, for example, in relation to risk assessments, dealing with personal belongings, dealing with complaints, confidentiality, and levels of responsibility, safeguarding, code of practice regarding supervision ratios

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* 8. Page 5 details the content of SKAY1 plan and implement your continuing professional development in yoga.

Do you agree with overview?

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* 9. Do you agree with the performance criteria statements for SKAY1

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* 10. Do you agree with the range relating to the performance criteria statements for SKAY1

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* 11. Do you agree with the knowledge and understanding  statements for SKAY1

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* 12. Do you agree with the range relating to the knowledge and understanding  statements for SKAY1

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* 13. Are there any further comment you would like to make regarding this NOS? - SKAY1

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* 14. Page 10 details the content of SKAY2 Maintain the health, safety, welfare and security of participants and staff.
Do you agree with overview?

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* 15. Do you agree with the performance criteria statements? - SKAY2

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* 16. Do you agree with the range related to the performance criteria statements? - SKAY2

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* 17. Do you agree with the knowledge and understanding statements? - SKAY2

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* 18. Do you agree with the range related to the knowledge and understanding statements? - SKAY2

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* 19. .Are there any further comment you would like to make regarding this NOS? -SKAY2

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* 20. Page 15 details the content of SKAY3 Prepare yourself and participants to take part in yoga sessions.
Do you agree with the overview? 

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* 21. Do you agree with the performance criteria statements? - SKAY3

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* 22. Do you agree with the range related to the performance criteria statements? - SKAY3

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* 23. Do you agree with the knowledge and understanding  statements? - SKAY3

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* 24. Do you agree with the range related to the knowledge and understanding  statements? - SKAY3

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* 25. Are there any further comment you would like to make regarding this NOS? - SKAY3

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* 26. Page 21 details the content of SKAY4 Lead, manage and adapt a yoga sessions.

Do you agree with overview?

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* 27. Do you agree with the performance criteria statements? -  SKAY4 

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* 28. Do you agree with the range related to the performance criteria statements? -  SKAY4

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* 29. Do you agree with the knowledge and understanding  statements? -  SKAY4

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* 30. Do you agree with the range relating to the knowledge and understanding  statements? -  SKAY4

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* 31. Are there any further comment you would like to make regarding this NOS? - SKAY4

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* 32. The group felt the following NOS detailed on page 26 could be imported from another suite into the Yoga Teacher suite.

Do you agree? 

SKAAL8 Support the work of your team and organisation

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* 33. The group felt the following NOS detailed on page 31 could be imported from another suite into the Yoga Teacher suite.

 Do you agree? 

 SKAAL15 Facilitate participants to adopt and maintain a more physically active lifestyle

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* 34. WALES ONLY -   Do the standards require translation into Welsh?

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