Department of Education

Chris Heemskerk

DPhil Student

College Affiliation: Green Templeton College

Chris is carrying out her DPhil research at the Department of Education, Oxford. Her research investigates Physical Education lessons and classroom concentration at Key Stage 2.

The study is a 6-week intervention with modified content of Physical Education lessons, to see if this influences children’s ability to concentrate in subsequent lessons. The intensive longitudinal data collected is analysed using multi-level models. The results will help to change teachers’ and school leaders’ perceptions of Physical Education, and inform timetabling and curriculum mapping in primary schools.

Prior to studying at the Oxford University Department of Education, Chris completed a BEd in Physical Education at the College of St. Mark and St. John in Plymouth. After graduating in 2007, she worked as a PE teacher and Head of Rowing in secondary and cross-phase schools in Berkshire until 2014. She completed the MSc Child Development and Education at Oxford University in 2015, conducting exploratory research into Physical Education at Key Stage 2 for her dissertation. Between completing her MSc and starting DPhil research, she spent 1 year working as a PE and PPA teacher in primary schools in Oxfordshire, teaching reception through to year 6.


The effect of PE lesson content on pupils' subsequent task-behaviour at Key Stage 2

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