Research at Leeds Beckett
About David Cooke
David Graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2010 with a first class honors degree in Sport and Exercise Science. In the following years David began teaching and coaching in independent schools and subsequently achieved Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) after following the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) at Sheffield Hallam University. David then went on to progress his teaching career in Secondary schools across England, ranging from inner city academies to independent boarding schools, eventually becoming Head of Department. In 2014 David returned to Leeds Beckett to teach undergraduate students and begin a funded PhD entitled Poor kids need rich teaching: PE, pedagogies and social class. In 2017 David started a full time teaching role as a lecturer, whilst continuing to complete his PhD.
David teaches across a range of modules and levels including: Critical Issues, Critical Pedagogy, Teaching and Learning, Special Educational Needs and Disability, and Work Based Learning. David also supervises undergraduate dissertations and is a personal tutor to at levels four, five and six.
David's research is based primarily on his PhD which aims to explore if secondary school physical education reflects (re)produces or challenges social class inequalities.