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Sue Chedzoy
Honorary University Fellow


I graduated from the University of London with Bachelor of Education and qualifications in Physical Education and Drama began a teaching career teaching secondary English and Drama and presenting programmes for children with Special Educational Needs for Educational Television. I went on to teach Physical Education and was head of department in two large secondary comprehensive schools. Having taught in secondary schools for eleven years I was then seconded to work as an advisory teacher in Devon supporting primary and secondary school teachers in the teaching of Physical Education and Dance.   My research interest in Health Related Physical Activity and primary school children culminated in Master’s Degree from the University of Hull.

I have published widely and authored books and research papers mostly focuseing on enhancing the provision of high quality teaching and learning for young people in Physical Education and the Arts .

During my academic career at the University of Exeter I have been responsible for the initial training of Early Years, Primary, Middle School and Secondary School trainee teachers. In addition I have been Programme Director of Primary / Key Stage 2/3 and the Master’s Programme in Teaching and Learning.   I have supervised a number of international doctoral students all of whom have had teaching and learning in Physical Education and the Arts at the heart of their studies.

I have also been awarded the Ling Award by the Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom in recognition of outstanding contribution to the Physical Education profession.

Research Interests:

  • The identification and assessment of the habitual physical activity of primary school children, and the promotion of health-related physical activity through the school curriculum.
  • Trainees teachers‘ perceived competence to teach the Arts in the primary phase in England 
  • Trainee teachers‘ perceived competence to teach  Physical Education in the primary phase in England
  • Transition from the primary to secondary phase of education in England

Keywords: physical education, dance , pupils‘ voice , transition from primary to secondary school, student teachers‘ perceived confidence to teach, theory of planned behaviour.

External Engagement and Impact activity includes:

  • Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom: member of the Executive Committee, member of the Board of Fellows, Chair of National Primary Group.
  • Peer reviewer for the Healthy Lifestyles Study - a preliminary study to develop and assess the feasibility of school -based interventions to promote healthy lifestyles in 8-11 year olds. Pensinsular Medical School. Universities of Exeter and Plymouth. April 2006-September 2006
  • Peer reviewer for the College Research Ethics Committee of the Pensinsular Medical School. for the project ' A pilot study to determine the effectiveness of a scholl based intervention in changing lifestyle behaviours of primary school children. 
  • External Examiner for the University of Belfast; St Mary’s University College BA Liberal Arts; BEd Physical Education; Stranmillis University College BEd Physical Education 2001-2004.
  • External Examiner PhD thesis Brunel University 2005.
  • External Examiner for the PGCE Secondary Physical Education Programme Edge Hill University . Lancashire . 2006-2007
  • External Examiner for the BA ( Hons) with QTS in Primary Education with Physical Education. Lancaster University / Edge Hill University . Lancashire . 2006/07 to 2009/10
  • External Examiner, PGCE Secondary Physical Education in the Faculty of Law , Arts and Social Sciences, School of Education. University of Southampton. 2006-2010
  • Referee for International Journal of Early Years Education 2005.
  • Referee for Journal of Teaching Physical Education (research section) 2003-2005
  • Invited Keynote address at the European Conference on Physical Education at the Kajaani Congress Centre. Kajaani, Finland. April 19th-20th 2004.


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