Our Authors

GYMNASTIC ACTIVITIES
Tansin Benn (PhD, MSc, M.Ed, B.Ed, DPSE)
Tansin was an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. After teaching in schools for several years she moved into higher education at Anstey College in 1981 to train secondary physical education specialists. In 1985 she moved to Newman and Westhill Colleges, Birmingham, predominantly to train primary teachers with a physical education specialism.  In 1993 she became Head of Physical Education, Sports Studies and Dance at Westhill, developing diversified degree programmes alongside initial teacher training and continuing professional development courses with Birmingham LEA. Since retiring from the University of Birmingham in 2012, Tansin is a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth.   She continues to publish in collaboration with colleagues around the world, responding to invitations to attend conference / academic events and supporting the work of the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (www.iapesgw.org).   Tansin’s passion to support others continues; she volunteers with AGEUK, teaching physical activity in sheltered accommodation.

Barry Benn (MA, DPE, DLC)
Barry was a part-time lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. After teaching in secondary, then primary schools he went on to further professional training at Leeds University before entering Birmingham’s Adult Education Service. Under Barry’s guidance this department quickly became part of Birmingham Leisure Services and Barry was appointed Gymnastics Development Officer for the city. Since retiring from coaching in 1995 he continued to dedicate himself to educational gymnastics, delivering teachers’ courses throughout the country. Barry has contributed three gymnastics books for teachers and other professional resources such as the 1988 BAALPE video on secondary gymnastics and co-authoring “Primary Gymnastics – a multi-activities approach” with Tansin in 1992.

Huw Davies [Cert. Ed., M.A.]

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DANCE ACTIVITIES
Sue Chedzoy (M.Ed., B.Ed., F.P.E.A [UK]

Sue 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.  Sue 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 she 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.   Her research interest in Health Related Physical Activity and primary school children culminated in Master’s Degree from the University of Hull.  Sue has published widely and authored books and research papers mostly focusing on enhancing the provision of high quality teaching and learning for young people in Physical Education and the Arts.  During her academic career at the University of Exeter she has been responsible for the initial training of Early Years, Primary, Middle School and Secondary School trainee teachers. In addition she has been Programme Director of Primary / Key Stage 2/3 and the Master’s Programme in Teaching and Learning.   Sue 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.  Sue has 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. Sue currently works as a Consultant/Evaluator for the Cognitive Education Development Unit within the Centre for Teaching Thinking and Dialogue.

Merie Eglesfield-Hope [B.Ed., MA]
Merie has worked in sports colleges in South Birmingham.  Her role was supporting first and primary schools, contributing to the raising of standards in PE, specialising in dance. Merie has also taught dance in a special school (SLD as the dance specialist, as well as teaching GCSE dance.  Previous to this, Merie worked in primary education as a class teacher and PE-coordinator and was a Partnership  Development  Manager for a Sports College managing the infrastructure of 30 primary schools.  Merie has delivered a variety of INSET, including TOP Dance and disability dance ideas. Some of her work has also been published as a ‘Best Practice Case Study’. Merie posesses a Masters in Dance Education.

Huw Davies [Cert. Ed., M.A.]

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GAMES ACTIVITIES
Graham Haines [B. Ed., M.Ed.]
Graham is a senior lecturer in PE at Cardiff Metropolitan University.  Before working in higher education, Graham was a head teacher in a primary school in Cardiff.  Graham’s specialism is in primary games.  He has also led the national development of ICT to support teaching and learning in PE in Wales.

Huw Davies [Cert. Ed., M.A.]

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ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES
Kevin Morgan (B.Ed, MA)
Kevin is a Principal Lecturer in PE at Cardiff Metropolitan University.   He is Programme Director for the Taught Doctorate in Sport Coaching. In 2014, Kevin achieved Senior Fellowship of the HEA in recognition of his expertise in pedagogical practice, research and leadership.  Kevin is also the author of widely celebrated ‘Primary Athletics Challenges’ resource pack.