Friday, 29 January 2016 from 11:00 to 12:30 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Careers in Sport LIVE! (Formerly National Sports Roadshow)
Jill Wilkinson, Operational Lead - Active Schools Leeds
Jill has worked in Leeds since September 2003. She has over 25 years of experience working within the physical education environment as a teacher, senior leader, school sport coordinator, lecturer and consultant.
She is currently on the Regional Development Board for Yorkshire and Humberside Association of Physical Education (AfPE), the national subject association for PE in the UK and is part of the Youth Sport Trust (YST) National Faculty, a team of professionals who write and deliver courses in Physical Education, sport and physical activity. Jill also works as a Development Coach for the YST. Jill has experience of leading on the teaching and learning of Physical Education and has recently secured the position of Active Schools Operational Lead.
As well as working for the local authority in Leeds, she is a lecturer at Leeds University delivering the PE programme for the Primary PGCE course.
Gail Palmer–Smeaton, Strategic Lead - Active Schools Leeds
Currently Gail is focusing on promoting and developing, through collaboration and partnership, a sustainable system for PE, sport and physical activity in Leeds that will enrich the lives of all children and young people.
Her past experience includes working with the local authority on induction and support for new/ acting Head Teachers, school governance and interim headship. Gail has also been a School Improvement Adviser and an LLE and has seventeen years of primary school headship experience. She has taught in inner and outer city, primary and middle schools as a head of PE, Key Stage Leader, Deputy Head Teacher and Head Teacher. She is passionate about PE, sport and physical activity and was a National swimming champion.
Leeds Beckett Alumni presentations:
Racheal Muir, Curriculum Coordinator - Queen Ethelburgh school
Rachael was the first person to go to University in her family studying Physical Education at Leeds Beckett. She found the course challenging but overall, a fun and rewarding experience. She played for 3 different sports teams and organised the leaving ball for her cohort. Graduating with a first-class degree helped to secure her a place on the PGCE course at our University. Rachael trained as a teacher with a small cohort of 20 and got first-hand experience of what the world of teaching was really like. This propelled her straight into a job at her placement school, where she worked for 6 years, moving up to Assistant Curriculum Leader.
Not one to stay still for long, Rachael moved abroad and worked as Head of PE in a British International school in Hanoi, Vietnam for 2 years. This was a great experience, showing how the skills developed in a British educational system can guarantee jobs in any country around the world.
Returning to England and working at a private school in York as Curriculum Co-ordinator has shown both sides of the education system and the different challenges we face as teachers.
Whilst teaching, Rachael has maintained her position playing netball and Rugby in Leeds and working in the evenings as a fitness instructor in local gyms.
Andrew Jennings, Graduate Teaching Assistant - Leeds Beckett University
Andrews’s academic career has not been a traditional one. As a mature student, Andrew received his Bachelor of Art degree in Physical Education from our University in 2010 and his Masters of Arts in Sport Law & Society in 2012. Since 2013, Andrew has been employed at Leeds Beckett University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Andrew is currently working on his PhD and his research area is in corruption, specifically cricket. Andrew is keen to suggest that ‘sport derives its social and moral values from the concept of merit and fair play. The winner should be the one who has poured the most lawful resources into their preparation or who has worked the hardest. If in future the concept of a champion as a model of excellence becomes tarnished by the manipulation of matches or the corruption of players, then the entire credibility of sport will tarnished’.
Andrews research programme aims to identify potential risk factors that may result in players being vulnerable to bribery and match-fixing by investigating decision making process and attitudes towards cheating. His views on corruption are highly sought after by National Governing Bodies.
The Careers in Sport LIVE event has sold out to the general public, but we have tickets allocated for students that haven't already booked. Wristbands will be available for all to collect from Fairfax Reception week commencing 25 January 2016.
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