Scottish Physical education Network

Recently, physical education (PE) has experienced a revival in many western countries.  This is partly as a result of global concerns about obesity and physical inactivity.  Consequently, PE has become synonymous with health and wellbeing.  This represents a shift in the way that PE is defined and presents a challenge to promote the educational contribution the subject makes to the lives of young people whilst simultaneously expanding the scope of the subject to incorporate health and wellbeing.  To meet this challenge PE is experiencing significant curricular and pedagogical change and research has a key role to play in informing such developments.  In Scotland, there is a recent and growing interest by PE practitioners, teacher educators, academics and policy makers for engaging in research.  This research has a valuable contribution to make and would benefit from wider dissemination. 

Therefore this SERA network provides a forum to support this dissemination by connecting all key stakeholders who have an interest in PE and HWB both within and beyond the Scottish context.  It will provide a forum to discuss and debate current issues and research in PE and health and wellbeing, creating a platform for the development of high quality, interdisciplinary and impactful research.


  • Provide networking, professional development and knowledge exchange opportunities for teachers and teacher educators.
  • Disseminate physical education research with a range of educational stakeholders within and beyond the Scottish context.

Year 1 Network Activities: 2016

  1. January 2016 - Launch Event for Scottish Physical Education Network at University of Edinburgh.
  2. June 2016 – Workshop on research methods at University of Dundee.
  3. September 2016 – Seminar at University of Strathclyde: Social and Emotional Learning in Physical Education, led by Dr Paul Wright (Northern Illinois University). 
  4. November 2016 – Meeting at Scottish Association of Teachers of Physical Education Conference (SATPE), Denny High School.
  5. November 2016 –Meeting at SERA Conference, University of Dundee

 Proposed list of network activities for 2017

  1. Use the SERA website, newsletter and twitter to report on the work of the network.
  2. Improve our links with special interest groups in other education research networks such as BERA, AIESEP, AERA, AARE and EERA.
  3. Improve our links with teachers.  Our involvement with SATPE will support us to make these links, but we also need to continue to consider how best to share information about the network. 
  4. Events:

January 2017 – Seminar at University of Edinburgh


  • Malcolm Thorburn(University of Edinburgh) - Transformative Learning and Teaching in Physical Education
  • Mike Jess/Nicola Carse (University of Edinburgh) - Physical Education in a World of Complexity

31st August 2017, 5:30 – 7:30pm – Research WorkshopGathering Evidence and Self-Study

                                                            University of Stirling, Iris Murdoch Conference Room


November 2017 – Network meetings at SERA Conference and SATPE conference

Network conveners:

  • Dr. Nicola Carse, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh 
  • Dr. Shirley Gray, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh 

For information contact:

Dr Shirley Gray                                                                             

Dr. Nicola Carse

Twitter: @ScotPERN