Dr Nick O'Leary

Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Physical Education

Email address: n.oleary@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323176 Location: Walsall Campus Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Sport & Human Sciences Areas of expertise: Physical Education

About

Dr. Nick O’Leary trained as a secondary teacher with a specialism in Physical Education (and history as a second subject) at St. Luke’s College, University of Exeter. He taught in secondary schools for a total of 18 years in London, Bath, Calne, Whitley Bay and finally Brighton, where he was Head of Department. Nick completed an Master of Education (M.Ed.) at the University of Newcastle and developed an interest in basketball which he has keenly pursued, rising to the level of England Senior Basketball Coach. He is also an England Basketball Course Tutor. He has been Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Physical Education at the University of Wolverhampton for 13 years. Nick completed a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) at the University of Bath in 2012.

Currently, Nick is conducting research examining how and why (Physical Education) teachers interpret and teach varying aspects of the National Curriculum. Nick is also focusing his attention on encouraging school teachers and sports coaches to teach games understanding. He is designing a ‘Coaching Games for Understanding’ ASA Qualification in collaboration with Sports Structures (a National Coaching Consultancy Company).

Research interests

Nick's research interests primarily lie around the influence of occupational socialisation upon Physical Education teachers. In particular he is interested in how current and past experiences influence how teachers interpret and teach various aspects of the Physical Education curriculum.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • British Educational Research Association (BERA): Special Interest Group for Physical Education
  • Association for Physical Education (AfPE) member
  • Basketball Coaches Association (BCA) Executive Officer
  • England Basketball Coach Tutor and member

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D)
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.)
  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed. Hons.)

Publications

Recent Journal articles

Jayantilal, K. and O’Leary, N. (2016) (Reinforcing) factors influencing a physical education teacher’s use of the direct instruction model delivering games. European Physical Education Review, doi:10.1177/1356336X16652081.

O’Leary, N. (2016) Learning informally to use the ‘full version’ of teaching games for understanding. European Physical Education Review, 22(1), pp.3-22.

O’Leary, N., Longmore, C. and Medcalf, R. (2015) The influence of occupational socialization upon the teaching of pupils experiencing Social and Emotional Behavioural Difficulties in physical education. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 15(4), pp.247-256.

O’Leary, N., Wattison, N., Edwards, T. and Bryan, K. (2014) Closing the theory-practice gap: Physical Education students’ use of jigsaw learning in a secondary school. European Physical Education Review, 21(2), pp.176-194.

O’Leary, N., Longmore, C. and Medcalf, R. (2014) The influence of occupational socialization upon a teacher’s interpretation and delivery of teaching games for understanding to pupils experiencing Social and Emotional Behavioural Difficulties. Support for Learning, 29(1), pp.57-75.

O’Leary, N. (2014) Learning informally to use Teaching Games for Understanding: The experiences of a recently-qualified teacher. European Physical Education Review, 20(3), pp.367-384.

Phillips, L. and O’Leary, N. (2014) A Physical Education student’s experience of learning to implement Teaching Games for Understanding through Action Research. Research Matters in Physical Education Matters, 9(3), pp.68-73.

O’Leary, N. (2011) Outwitting Teachers: Issues in adopting and using Teaching Games for Understanding. Physical Education Matters, 6(3), pp.52-55.

O’Leary, N. (2011) The Value of Teaching Games for Understanding. Physical Education Matters, 6(2), pp.20-23.

O’Leary, N. & Griggs, G. (2010) Researching the pieces of a puzzle: The use of a jigsaw learning approach in the delivery of undergraduate gymnastics. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 34(1), pp.73-81.

O’Leary, N. (2010) Learning Approaches for Coaches. Coaching Edge: Quarterly Journal of Sports Coach U.K., 18, pp.20-21.

O’Leary, N. & Griggs, G. (2009) How and what do you teach in jogging lessons? Physical Education Matters, 4(2), pp.19-22.

O’Leary, N. (2008) Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) in Learning to ‘Outwit Opponents’: The relationship between Principles of Play and Practical Skills. Physical Education Matters, 3(4), pp.18-20.

O’Leary, N. (2008) The use of Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) in Learning to ‘Outwit Opponents’. Physical Education Matters, 3(1), pp.16-20.

Recent Conference presentations

O’Leary, N. (2014) The current state of teaching Physical Education. Keynote address at Sports Structures Coaches Day Out Conference at University of Wolverhampton, May 29, 2014.

O’Leary, N. (2014) Coaching Games for Understanding. Interactive workshop at Sports Structures Coaches Day Out Conference at University of Wolverhampton, May 29, 2014.

Longmore, C., O’Leary, N. and Medcalf, R. (2013) The influence of childhood experiences upon the teaching of pupils with Social and Emotional Behavioural Difficulties in Physical Education. Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference at University of Sussex, September 3-5, 2013.

O’Leary, N., Longmore, C. and Medcalf, R. (2013) The influence of occupational socialization upon a teacher’s interpretation and delivery of teaching games for understanding to pupils experiencing social and emotional behavioural difficulties. Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference at University of Sussex, September 3-5, 2013.

O’Leary, N. (2012) The influence of occupational socialization upon a first-year physical education teacher's use of Teaching Games for Understanding. Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference at University of Manchester, September 4-6, 2012.

Jones, G., Trow, S. and O’Leary, N. (2012) Student experiences of implementing Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU). Interactive workshop at the Association for Physical Education (AfPE) National Conference, Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire, July 4-5, 2012.

O’Leary, N. (2011) The influence of occupational socialization theory on Physical Education teachers’ interpretation and delivery of net games using the Teaching Games for Understanding model. Paper presented at the Social Science for Social Justice: Generating a Contribution Conference at the University of Bath, July 7th, 2011.

O’Leary, N. (2011) The influence of occupational socialization theory on Physical Education teachers’ interpretation and delivery of net games using the Teaching Games for Understanding model. Paper presented at the Meeting of Minds Conference at the University of Bath, June 9th, 2011.

O’Leary, N. (2010) The influence of occupational socialization theory on Physical Education (PE) teachers’ interpretation and delivery of Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU). Paper presented at the Transforming Learning Spaces: Making the Pedagogical more Political Conference at the University of Bath, July 1, 2010.

O’Leary, N. & Griggs, G. (2009) The use of a jigsaw learning approach in the delivery of undergraduate gymnastics. Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference at University of Manchester, September 2-5, 2009.

Recent Journal articles

Jayantilal, K. and O’Leary, N. (2016) (Reinforcing) factors influencing a physical education teacher’s use of the direct instruction model delivering games. European Physical Education Review, doi:10.1177/1356336X16652081.

O’Leary, N. (2016) Learning informally to use the ‘full version’ of teaching games for understanding. European Physical Education Review, 22(1), pp.3-22.

O’Leary, N., Longmore, C. and Medcalf, R. (2015) The influence of occupational socialization upon the teaching of pupils experiencing Social and Emotional Behavioural Difficulties in physical education. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 15(4), pp.247-256.

O’Leary, N., Wattison, N., Edwards, T. and Bryan, K. (2014) Closing the theory-practice gap: Physical Education students’ use of jigsaw learning in a secondary school. European Physical Education Review, 21(2), pp.176-194.

O’Leary, N., Longmore, C. and Medcalf, R. (2014) The influence of occupational socialization upon a teacher’s interpretation and delivery of teaching games for understanding to pupils experiencing Social and Emotional Behavioural Difficulties. Support for Learning, 29(1), pp.57-75.

O’Leary, N. (2014) Learning informally to use Teaching Games for Understanding: The experiences of a recently-qualified teacher. European Physical Education Review, 20(3), pp.367-384.

Phillips, L. and O’Leary, N. (2014) A Physical Education student’s experience of learning to implement Teaching Games for Understanding through Action Research. Research Matters in Physical Education Matters, 9(3), pp.68-73.

O’Leary, N. (2011) Outwitting Teachers: Issues in adopting and using Teaching Games for Understanding. Physical Education Matters, 6(3), pp.52-55.

O’Leary, N. (2011) The Value of Teaching Games for Understanding. Physical Education Matters, 6(2), pp.20-23.

O’Leary, N. & Griggs, G. (2010) Researching the pieces of a puzzle: The use of a jigsaw learning approach in the delivery of undergraduate gymnastics. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 34(1), pp.73-81.

O’Leary, N. (2010) Learning Approaches for Coaches. Coaching Edge: Quarterly Journal of Sports Coach U.K., 18, pp.20-21.

O’Leary, N. & Griggs, G. (2009) How and what do you teach in jogging lessons? Physical Education Matters, 4(2), pp.19-22.

O’Leary, N. (2008) Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) in Learning to ‘Outwit Opponents’: The relationship between Principles of Play and Practical Skills. Physical Education Matters, 3(4), pp.18-20.

O’Leary, N. (2008) The use of Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) in Learning to ‘Outwit Opponents’. Physical Education Matters, 3(1), pp.16-20.

Previous professional experience

Nick is the author, tutor and internal verifier of Coaching Games for Understanding (CGfU), a Level Two National Coaching qualification aimed at encouraging coaches (and teachers) to instruct games strategies and tactics. He is also a Senior Basketball England Coach and Coach Tutor.

1997-2001           

Longhill High School Brighton, East Sussex

  •    Comprehensive school with 1,150 pupils, ages11–16
  •    Head of Physical Education

1990-1997           

Whitley Bay High Schoo Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear

  • Comprehensive school with 1,142 pupils, ages 13–18
  • In Charge of Boys Physical Education

1988-1990           

The John Bentley Schoool Calne, Wiltshire

  •  Comprehensive school with 1,200 pupils, ages 11–18
  •   Physical Education Teacher

1986-1988           

International School of Choueifat Marshfield, Wiltshire

  •    Independent boarding school with 253 pupils, ages 7–18
  •    Physical Education Teacher/Sports Coach

1985-1986          

 Whitmore High School Harrow, Middlesex

  •  Comprehensive school with 862 pupils, ages 12–16
  •  Physical Education Teacher