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Research Profile

  • Emma Whewell first studied Sports Science and Physiology at the University of Leeds. She went on to study a PGCE in Physical Education at Durham University. After graduating Emma worked as a physical education teacher in Bradford and following this Leeds as head of PE teaching children in key stages 3-5. In 2002 Emma moved to a school on the outskirts of Newcastle where she was working as a Head of Year and PE teacher.

    She joined the University of Northampton in 2006 as part of the Initial Teacher Training team. She now teaches across the FAST and FHES faculties providing the physical education modules on the Sports Development and Physical Education degree. Whilst working here she has completed her MA in Education focussing on the teaching of children classed as vulnerable. She has completed her PhD on the formation of identity in newly qualified teachers.

    Emma is a member of the Primary Physical Education European Network group and the All Party Parliamentary Group for a fit and healthy childhood. She is an external examiner for Leeds Trinity University’s Accelerated Physical Education degree.

  • BA (QTS) Primary Education

    • Wider Curriculum modules
    • Research Practitioner and principal module
    • Professional studies
    • Expertise in primary education modules

    PGCE Primary 3-7 and 5-11

    • Teaching, learning and assessment

    BA Sports Development and Physical Education

    • An introduction to physical education and school sport
    • Teaching, learning and assessment in PE
    • Critical issues in PE
    • Dissertation supervision
  • Emma Whewell’s PhD is written on the formation of identity in newly qualified teachers.

    Emma is a member of the Primary Physical Education European Network group and the All Party Parliamentary Group for a fit and healthy childhood.

    She is also involved in the eTwinning projects and DLAB2: Developing Changemakers an Erasmus+ project. This involves working with schools and universities in five European countries to improve access to and usage of mobile technology including AR and VR .

    Emma runs the Future Focused Teachers online course designed to support newly qualified and graduating teachers in transitioning into the role.

    Emma has supervised MA students who are pursuing an MA in the field of Physical Education.

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Emma Whewell’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.