Mrs Dot Heslop

Senior Lecturer in Secondary Education

Email address: Phone number: 01902 321618 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Physical Education Secondary Education


I entered teaching in the dockland area of Newcastle upon Tyne and then moved to Northumberland to teach in a community special school for pupils with moderate, severe and complex learning difficulties. I then taught in Rotherham for 10 years in a small mining community before relocating to the West Midlands as PE Coordinator within a Wolverhampton secondary school. All of these schools have been in low socio-economic and culturally diverse environments.

That early focus on engagement and inclusion transferred directly into my role as Senior Lecturer within Initial Teacher Education at the University of Wolverhampton. My initial role was as Lead for Physical Education Initial Teacher Education (I am currently acting as PE ITE Subject Lead until an appointment is made) and has now become Lead for Engagement and Inclusion across the Secondary Phase. My rationale for education as an inclusive, holistic focus on pupil learning and progress now has a broader stage bridging education, health and wellbeing through the physical. 

Membership of professional bodies

PiP Journal Institute of Education Editorial Board Member for online peer-reviewed journal


  • MEd Post-Compulsory Education, Sheffield University
  • BEd (Hons) Human Movement Studies, New College, Durham, 2.1



Book Chapter:

Chapter 6 Developing Reflective Practice: A Guide for Beginning Teachers. Deb McGregor and Lesley Cartwright (2011) ISBN 0780335242573

Research Conference Papers

  • ‘The Grade One Trainee’ – what does it mean?
  • Investigating the impact of creative and innovative training on teaching and learning
  • Supporting Trainees to become reflective practitioners
  • Thinking skills in Physical Education, the link between quality training and quality teaching
  • Disability versus Ability - the importance of language in inclusive education


University of Wolverhampton Education Research Conference 2009

“Multi-skills” meets literacy skills: Collaboration over PEE, cold sports halls and lattes".

Abstract - The presentation outlines the outcomes of a peer observation exercise undertaken by two secondary colleagues. This is part of an ongoing project being undertaken by the secondary initial teacher training team to explore the benefits of peer observation, with a particular focus on establishing a shared understanding of the generic and subject-specific grade 1 criteria for trainees across the subject range. The project is embedded in the secondary partnership values framework which identifies the need to enable trainee teachers to achieve excellence within a standards/competence-driven model of assessment. Although the focus is secondary teacher training, the outcomes of the peer observation exercise have equal relevance for any colleagues, particularly those in primary teacher training and PCE.

Presenters - Dot Heslop and Mary Dunne


Conference Presentations:

  • Alternative Provision in Education Capita Conference, Guest Speaker on panel July 2015
  • NCTL PRU ITE Toolkit PRU ITE Early Implementers Project, PRU National Conference, Sharing Best Practice July 2013
  • Next steps for school exclusions and alternative provision, Guest Speaker  July 2013
  • ‘Making the Health and Wellbeing Jigsaw into a Whole School Picture’

Black Country Conference 29th January 2015 University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing - A conference for practitioners, educators, teachers, trainees, nurses and students from across the Faculty

Change4Life (C4L) Event for 120 Black Country pupils and teachers organised in conjunction with the conference to demonstrate best practice and share ideas

Market Place Stalls for Black Country Public Health, Youth Sports Trust, The Children’s University and the C4L Roadshow

Previous professional experience

  • Lecturing in University of Wolverhampton ITE
  • PE Coordinator Colton Hills Community School, Wolverhampton
  • Second in PE, Rawmarsh Comprehensive, Rotherham
  • PE & Rebound Therapy, Riverbank Special School, Northumberland
  • PE Teacher, John Marley School, Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Youth Worker, Raby Street Youth Centre
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Tutor