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Biography

Dr Vicky Randall is a Senior Fellow (Education), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

She is subject coordinator for Physical Education, co-convenor for the Centre for Professional Learning in Education (with Dr Marnie Seymour), -Faculty co-Head of RKE for the Faculty of Education (with Dr Alasdair Richardson). She was UoA co-lead for Education for the REF 2021 submission (with Prof. Emile Bojesen).

Prior to working in higher education, Vicky was a Physical Education teacher, a Regional Subject Adviser for Physical Education in south London (AfPE/CfBT) and an England Netball performance coach. She has worked across a number of national and European professional networks to promote and develop primary Physical Education teacher education, including the Department for Education-formed Physical Education Expert Subject Advisory Group, the European Primary Physical Education Network and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood. She is convenor of the Primary Physical Education Teacher Education Network (PETEN), co-founder of the Primary Physical Education Assembley (PPEA) (with Dr Gerlad Griggs) and Director of Teaching and Learning for the child mental health charity Stormbreak.

Areas of expertise

  • Physical Education
  • Curriculum design
  • Teacher education
  • Children's mental health and wellbeing

Publications

Books

  • Griggs, G and V. Randall (2022) An Introduction to Primary Physical Education (2nd Edition) London: Routledge

Academic Journals (peer reviewed)

  • Randall, V (2022) ‘We want to, but we can’t’: pre-service teachers’ experiences of learning to teach primary physical education, Oxford Review of Education, DOI: 10.1080/03054985.2022.2040471

  • Defever, E., V. Randall & M. Jones (2021) A realist case study inquiry of English primary school physical activity initiatives, Sport, Education and Society, DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2021.1980779

  • Randall, V & M. Fleet (2021) Constructing knowledge in primary physical education: a critical perspective from pre-service teachers, Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education, 12(1), 20-35, DOI:10.1080/25742981.2020.1866439 

  • Mcveagh, H., M. Smith & V. Randall (2020) ‘It’s like it doesn’t really matter’: Are teachers accountable and equipped for teaching primary physical education? Education 3-13, DOI:10.1080/03004279.2020.184477

  • Randall, V. & G. Griggs (2020) ‘Physical education from the sidelines: pre-service teachers opportunities to teach in English primary schools,’ Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education DOI:10.1080/03004279.2020.1736598
  • Randall, V. (2020) ‘Becoming a Primary Physical Educator’ Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education 48 (2), 133-146, DOI: 10.1080/03004279.2019.1594330
  • Griggs, G. & Randall, V. (2018) ‘Primary Physical Education Subject Leadership: Along the road from in-house solutions to outsourcing’ Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education 47(6) p. 664-677

Book chapters

  • Griggs, G & Randall, V (2022) ‘(Re)surveying the landscape of primary physical education’ in Griggs, G and V. Randall (2nd Edn) An Introduction to Primary Physical Education London: Routledge

  • Pickup, I & Randall, V (2022) ‘The Importance of primary physical education’ in Griggs, G and V. Randall (2nd Edn) An Introduction to Primary Physical Education London: Routledge

  • Keay, J & Randall, V (2022) ‘Addressing training and development needs in primary physical education’ in Griggs, G and V. Randall (2nd Edn) An Introduction to Primary Physical Education London: Routledge

  • Randall, V & Griggs, G (2022) ‘Subject Leadership’ in Griggs, G and V. Randall (2nd Edn) An Introduction to Primary Physical Education London: Routledge

  • Randall, V. (2021) ‘Dance: The art of movement’ in Ogier, S & S. Tutchell (1st Eds) Teaching the Arts in the Primary Curriculum London: Sage

  • Randall, V. & Griggs, G. (2019) Physical development and physical education for 5-7 year-olds, The Physical Development Needs of Young Children in Duncombe, R. (ed.). First ed. London: Routledge

 Encyclopaedia entries

  • Randall, V and Barraclough A, (2021) ‘Mental Health and Movement: The Role of Physical Education’ In Peters, M. A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Teacher Education. Singapore: Springer Singapore 
  • Bojesen, E and V. Randall (2019) Physical Education Teacher Education (Eds) Encyclopedia of Teacher Education Singapore: Springer Singapore
  • Randall, V. (2019) ‘The Professional Knowledge Base of Primary Physical Educators’ In, Peters, M. A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Teacher Education. Singapore: Springer Singapore 
 Professional Journals (editorially reviewed)
 
  • Fleet, M., M. Yelling & V. Randall (2021) 'Stormbreak: Using movement to help children navigate a complex world' Physical Education Matters 16(2) pp. 30-32
  • Randall, V (2020) 'The Case for Movement to Support Child Mental health' Physical Education Matters 15(2) pp.10-12
  • Huddleston, G. & Randall, V (2019) The Primary PE and Sport Premium: The impact on teachers and initial teacher education Physical Education Matters. 17, 3, p. 20-22
  • Randall, V (2019) ‘The All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood's Report on the Primary PE and Sport Premium’ Physical Education Matters 17, 3, p. 10-12
  • Randall, V (2018) ‘Reframing Teacher Knowledge: A model for professional knowledge development’ Impact, 3, p. 77-78
  • Huddleston, G. & Randall, V. (2018) ‘Spending the Primary PE and School Sport Premium Five Years on: A Birmingham case study’ Physical Education Matters, 13 (3) p. 8-11 4
  • Randall, V (2017) ‘Preparing our Next Generation of Primary Physical Educators’ Physical Education Matters 12, 2 p. 57-59
  • Randall, V (2015) ‘Professional Knowledge Challenge and Opportunity for Primary Physical Education’ Physical Education Matters 10 (1) p. 60-63
  • Haydn-Davies, D. & Randall, V. (2012) ‘The Olympics and Paralympic Games: A mathematical legacy?’ Primary Mathematics p. 10-13
  • Haydn-Davies, D., Kaitell, E., Randall, V. & Shaughnessy, J (2010) Maths and Physical Education in Primary Education: ‘More than just counting beanbags?’ Primary Mathematics p. 24-28

Research reports

  • Randall, V., Richardson, A., Swaithes, W. and Adams, A. (2016) Generation Next: The preparation of pre-service teachers in primary physical education Winchester: University of Winchester
  • Haydn-Davies, D., Randall, V. & Spence, J (2011) The Role and Responsibility of Physical Education: Latest Thinking Relating to Child Development and the Understanding of UK Childhood Environments TOP Foundation

 Reports Contributor, Co-Chair and Working Group Member

  • Chilldren's Alliance report on Physical Health of Children and Young People (December, 2021) - Co-Chair
  • APPG report on Mental Health through Movement (October, 2019) 
  • APPG report on Primary PE and Sport Premium (February, 2019)
  • APPG report on Mental Health in Childhood (2018)
  • APPG report on The Impact of Social and Economic Inequities on Child Health (2018)
  • APPG report on Physical Activity in Early Childhood (2017)

 Conferences

  • Randall, V [invited panel speaker] ‘Getting the ethos right; building a sense of belonging’, Youth Sport Trust National Conference 2020: Getting to the Heart of a Well School, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, 27th February 2020
  • Randall, V [invited chair and speaker for UK Active] ‘Understanding the positive affects of physical activity on mental wellbeing in children’ Elevate 19, Excel Arena, London 8th May 2019
  • Randall, V [invited speaker] ‘The launch of the Primary PE and Sport Premium Report’, All Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood, Westminster, London, 13th March 2019
  • Randall, V & E. Bojesen [presenter] ‘Empowering practitioners and supporting professional learning Symposium title: A Connected Future for Primary Physical Education Teacher Education’, International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) - World Congress 2018: Engaging, empowering and innovative futures: enhancing connective possibilities for physical education and sports pedagogy, 26th July 2018
  • Randall, V & E. Bojesen [presenter symposium] ‘ Unhealthy Fixations’, International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) - World Congress 2018: Engaging, empowering and innovative futures: enhancing connective possibilities for physical education and sports pedagogy, 25th July 2018.
  • Randall, V (invited key note speaker) ‘Developing teacher knowledge (career phase, not age!)’, Chartered College of Teaching: Third Space: Developing effective learners, 7th July 2018
  • Randall, V (presenter) ‘Social Inequality in Children’s Health: A global issue’, 9th International Week of Professors, University of Latvia, Riga 16th May 2018
  • Randall, V (invited speaker) ‘Social and Economic Inequality on Child Health’ All Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood, Westminster, London, 28th March 2018
  • Randall, V (presenter) ‘Becoming a Primary Physical Educator: Sourcing Professional Knowledge and Confidence’, European Conference on Educational Research: Reforming Education and the Imperative of Constant Change: Ambivalent roles of policy and educational research, 23rd August 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Randall, V (presenter) ‘Becoming a Primary Physical Educator: Sourcing Professional Knowledge and Confidence’, European Conference on Curriculum Studies, University of Stirling, Scotland, 17th June 2017
  • Randall, V and Clark, R. (2016) ‘Not Taking Knowledge for Granted’. Presentation given at 7th TEAN Conference: Cultivating Learning, Aston University, Birmingham
  • Randall V. (2016) (invited speaker) ‘Developing Pedagogy in Primary Physical Education’ Invited presenter at the North East Physical Education Conference, Durham Leadership Centre 
  • Randall, V (2015) (presenter) ‘Moving Forward Becoming a Primary Physical Educator: Sourcing professional knowledge and competence’, Paper presented at AIESEP International Conference, Universidad Europea, Madrid 
  • Randall, V (2015) (Invited Chair) PE and Sport Premium: Allocating Resources & Increasing Participation in School Sport, Westminster Briefing, America Square Conference Centre, London
  • Randall, V (2013) ‘The Importance of Teacher Education: A critical discussion on policy reform relating to 2010 White Paper and its implications for preparing teachers’. Paper given ‘We need to talk about teaching: education policy and practice after two and a half years of the Coalition government’, King's College, London
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