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Kerry Whitehouse

Principal Lecturer in Higher Education and Physical Education

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 855510

Kerry is a Principal Lecturer responsible for teaching related reward and recognition and staff professional development in the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science. She has worked in the Institute of Education with responsibility for ITE Physical Education, the Education Development Unit teaching the PG Cert Learning and Teaching in HE and is currently Director for University of Worcester Teaching Award Scheme.  In 2015 Kerry became a University of Worcester Teaching Fellow for excellence in Learning and Teaching, and achieved the award of Senior Fellow HEA in recognition of her leadership of learning and teaching in Higher Education.  Her research interests are professional risk-taking, professional development for early career teachers and Narrative Inquiry.


  • Doctor of Education (University of Worcester)
  • MSc Education Management and Leadership (University of Worcester)
  • Mentoring and Coaching for Leadership in Education (University of Worcester)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education  (University of Worcester)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (University of Bedfordshire)
  • BA (Hons) Sport Studies (University of Bedfordshire)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

  • Physical Education - Tutor and lecturer
  • PG Certificate in Higher Education - Tutor and lecturer
  • Positive risk taking to enhance practice and learning.
  • Secondary Teacher Training (Physical Education):  teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
  • Behaviour for learning / Creating effective environments for learning and teaching.
  • Innovation and creative practice.         

Research Interests: 

  • Professional ‘risk’ taking to develop practice.
  • Early career teacher professional development
  • Action Research
  • Narrative Inquiry 
Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Member of Association for Physical Education (AfPE):

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)



Book Chapters:

Whitehouse, K. (2020 expected) ‘Teaching for Promoting Positive Behaviour’ in A Practical Guide to Teaching Physical Education in the Secondary School (Third Edition). Routledge.

Whitehouse, K. (pending 2018) ‘Moving beyond focusing on technical issues to teaching more generally/moving beginning physical education teachers on when they have mastered the basics’ (title under review pending publisher feedback) in Capel, S. (Ed) A Practical Guide to Mentoring Beginning Physical Education. Routledge.

Lawson, S. and Whitehouse, K. ‘Challenging the competent trainee – taking risks in the classroom. (In press) in Wright, T.  (Ed) How to be a brilliant Mentor. Routledge.

Cole, D. and Whitehouse, K. (2015) Learning from others. Special Educational Needs. Issue 79, Nov – Dec.

Whitehouse, K., Barber, L., and Jones, V. (2015), Developing and maintaining an effective learning environment (including behaviour in PE) in Capel, S. and Whitehead, M.  Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School: A Companion for the Student Teacher: 4th edition,' Routledge.

Whitehouse, K.  (2014) Teaching for Promoting Positive Behaviour. In A Practical Guide to Teaching Physical Education in the Secondary School (second edition) Capel S. and Breckon P. (Eds). Routledge.


Journal Articles:       

Whitehouse, K. (Autumn 2013) Maximising achievement and progress in Secondary physical education trainees.  The impact and effectiveness of using OFSTED characteristics for formative diagnostic assessment.  PE Matters Vol. 8 No. 3, AfPE.

Clarke, P.  Howarth, S. Whitehouse, K. Wood Griffiths S. Perspectives on teacher education: Risk-taking in the workplace; challenging trainee teachers to develop their practice.  Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching. Issue 7, July 2012.


Public Activity:

TDA (Teaching Agency) Behaviour Champion representative for University of Worcester. Nov 2011 – Sept 2012

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Ambassador Training (2011)


Conference Presentations:

July 2018 EDULEARN18 ‘From Acorns to Oak Tree: Recognising and Sharing Innovative, Inspiring and Excellent Practice in Higher Education’ and ‘Risk-Taking and Professional Development: Physical Education Teachers’ narratives of experience’.

June 2018 University of Worcester Annual Learning and Teaching Conference; ‘The ISES Learning Pledge: Influencing and inspiring life-long and life-wide learning’ and ‘Transforming the Learning Experience of Large-group Lectures through Action Research: Success Stories of Early Career Higher Education Teachers’.

November 2017 Birmingham University 16th Annual School of Education Research Conference. ‘From Training Year to Early Career; Physical Education Teachers’ Narratives of Experience’.

July 2017 HEA Annual Conference. ‘Generation TEF, In the Spotlight. Teaching in the Spotlight. Presentation: From Acorns to Oak Trees: Recognising, rewarding and sharing innovative, inspiring and excellent practice to enhance student learning’.

June 2017 University of Worcester Annual Learning and Teaching Conference; Beyond Boundaries. ‘Tales of Authentic Learning Experiences: Real life learning to engage and enhance the student learning experience’.

September 2016 BERA Annual Conference. Developing Innovate Teacher Practice in Teacher Education.

June 2016  Showcasing and Exploring Excellence – University of Worcester Annual Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Conference.  ‘Transforming the student learning experience by building evidence-based practice through action research: Showcasing innovative Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) practices of early career Higher Education teachers.’

March 2016 ITTE PE Annual Conference – ‘Students as Academic Partners (SAPS) Technology enhanced learning in physical education; secondary physical education trainee teachers working in partnership to enhance the course experience’

July 2015 University of Worcester Institute of Education Learning and Teaching Conference; ‘Sharing best practice. Technology Enhanced Learning in Physical Education SAPs project’

June 2015 University of Worcester Annual Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference. 'Technology Enhanced Learning in Physical Education SAPs project’

March 2015 University of Worcester – Professional Mentors Conference. Teaching is a Risky Business.  Refining and redefining practice to support the progress and development of (trainee) teachers.

October 2014 University of Worcester – Educational Doctorate Conference: ‘Paper presentation: Towards pedagogy of risk taking that supports the progress and development of early physical education teachers; a methodological work in progress’.

March 2014 AfPE National Conference ‘Excellence and quality: Timeless challenges in PE ITTE’– University of  Wolverhampton ‘Refining and redefining practice: Towards pedagogy of risk taking to support the progress and development of trainee physical education teachers’

November 2013. University of Birmingham – Poster presentation.  Risk taking as pedagogical practice for physical education teachers; trainee, newly qualified and recently qualified teachers perceptions.

July 2012. Canterbury Christ Church University International Conference.  At the Crossroads.  Risk taking in the workplace: How trainee teachers are challenged to develop their practice.

July 2012. University of Worcester I of E research seminar.  Risk taking in the workplace: How trainee teachers are challenged to develop their practice.

July 2012. University of Worcester. Professional Mentors Conference.  Mentoring creative teachers.

June 2011. University of Worcester – Employability conference.  Sharing good practice in academic tutoring.

July 2010. University of Worcester 10th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference: Risk taking in the workplace.  How trainee teachers are challenged to develop their practice.

July 2010. University of Worcester Professional Mentor Conference.  Using OFSTED grading characteristics as a diagnostic tool for improving performance in ITTE.

June 2010. AfPE National Conference – Poster Presentation. ‘PLTS: A Case Study Changing Pedagogy in a Secondary School     


External Invitations:

May 2017 – Invited to Beijing Sports University.


  • Developing practice: Engaging, motivating and challenging students to aim higher, develop thinking and enhance learning
  • Developing Reflective Practitioners.
External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities