Ben Kirk

Benjamin Kirk BSc (Hons), PGCE, MA, FHEA

Senior Lecturer / Collaborative Course Leader, Fd Physical Education and School Sport


I have been employed within the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity since 2013 and teach primarily on the BSc (Hons) Physical Education and School Sport undergraduate degree course. Prior to joining Hallam, I taught PE/sport in both the secondary and further education sectors in England. However, my research interests are focussed predominantly within the primary sector, particularly around the role of primary PE specialist teachers, who are the focus of my Doctoral research.


Academy of Sport and Physical Activity

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Courses taught:

- BSc (Hons) Physical Education and School Sport
- BSc (Hons) Sport Development with Coaching

Modules taught:

- Project / Dissertation

- Developing Professional Practice

- Gymnastics Practical Activities

- The Politics of PE

- Introduction to thinking Sociologically and Philosophically

- Developing Sport in Education


Journal articles

Rudd, T., Hemingway, K., Kirk, B., & Maher, A. (2024). The physical education experiences of pupils with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: An ableism-critical perspective. European Physical Education Review, 30 (1), 122-141.

Morley, D., Banks, T., Haslingden, C., Kirk, B., Parkinson, S., Van Rossum, T., ... Maher, A. (2021). Including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities in mainstream secondary physical education: A revisit study. European Physical Education Review, 27 (2), 401-418.

Cope, E., Bailey, R., Parnell, D., & Kirk, B. (2018). What young children identify as the outcomes of their participation in sport and physical activity. Health Behavior and policy review, 5 (1), 103-113.

Other activities

- Governor at Barnburgh Primary School, Doncaster.

- Member of the Parent and Community Board at Sir Thomas Wharton Academy, Doncaster.

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