Staff Profiles: Jo Shire

Jo Shire

Staff Profile: Jo Shire
Principal Lecturer

Jo Shire

Jo Shire

Principal Lecturer

Sport and Exercise

I am passionate about teaching and learning and think these are the gateways to growing and achieving our potential.


I believe a lifelong involvement in physical activity can be life changing; and it starts at school. I taught in secondary schools for 10 years in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire before securing my role at the University. I was the PGCE course leader for 10 years where I trained over 150 PE teachers; many of whom now teach in local schools.

I have close links with over 45 local schools both primary and secondary and am currently working with teachers in primary schools to develop high quality physical education at Key Stages 1 and 2.


Award Title Institution Date
BEd (Hons) Physical Education St Paul's and St Mary's College 1990
MPhil Philosophy Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education 2000
MEd Professional Development University of Gloucestershire 2010
Doctorate Professional Doctorate in Education University of the West of England 2017

Membership of professional bodies

Association for Physical Education

Teaching and research


Jo teaches on a wide range of modules within Physical Education. These include theoretical modules on teaching and learning styles, policy and practice within PE and practical modules


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


Sexuality and women's sport participation

Evaluating teaching development groups within HE

Equality and physical education

The meaning of health to young people

How trainee teachers' knowledge of teaching children with special needs is developed

External responsibilities

Course leadership for the Level 5 and 6 Primary PE Specialist qualification accredited by Sports Leaders UK and Association for Physical Education.

School Governor

Deliver CPD in schools on Outstanding Physical Education

External examining

BA (Hons) in Coaching and Physical Education and BA (Hons) Sports Coaching at Marjons, Plymouth.