Dr Tom Quarmby, Reader

Dr Tom Quarmby


Tom is a Reader in Physical Education (PE) and Sport Pedagogy. His research focuses on the role and value of PE and sport for youth from socially vulnerable backgrounds (including care-experienced young people), and trauma-aware pedagogies in PE.

Following the completion of his PhD in 2011, Tom worked as the ‘Educational Review’ Post-doctoral Research Fellow, and later as a Lecturer in Sport, at the University of Birmingham. While completing his doctoral studies in August 2010, he was presented with the AIESEP Young Scholar Award at the AIESEP World Congress in La Coruna, Spain. He moved to Leeds in 2012 to work in the Physical Education team within the Carnegie School of Sport.

Tom has received funding from research councils, charitable trusts and industry including, the British Academy, Become Charity, Active Communities Network and The Youth Sport Trust.

Current Teaching

Tom teaches on the Physical Education degree programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters) level. He teaches on a range of modules centred on the socio-cultural and pedagogical aspects of physical education, physical activity and sport. Tom also supervises a number of postgraduate research student projects.

Research Interests

Tom's current research explores the role and value of physical education and sport for young people in alternative provision schools. For instance, Tom has explored - in collaboration with the Youth Sport Trust - what PE in alternative provision looks like, how it is experienced by pupils, how staff are trained and supported to teach it, and how well resourced the subject is. This research has direct implications for those delivering PE in alternative provision settings.

In addition, Tom - working with a team of researchers from other institutions - has developed principles for supporting trauma-aware practice in PE, and identified a range of strategies to support the enactment of trauma-aware pedagogies. This ongoing work explores how well pre- and in-service teachers are prepared to work with trauma-affected youth in PE, how well they understand the implications of trauma and how it might manifest, along with the impact it may have on them.

Dr Tom Quarmby, Reader

Ask Me About

  1. Children
  2. Exercise and physical activity
  3. Family
  4. Physical education
  5. Sport

Selected Outputs

  • Quarmby T; Sandford R; Hooper O (2022) Coaching care-experienced children and young people in sport. In: Routledge Handbook of Coaching Children in Sport. London: Taylor & Francis, pp. 204-212.

  • Quarmby T; Sandford R (2021) The sport and physical activity practices of care-experienced young people. In: Families, Sport, Leisure and Social Justice. Routledge, pp. 139-150.

  • Quarmby T; Sandford R; Hooper O (2021) Care-experienced youth and before and after-school physical activity. In: Marttinen R; Centeio E; Quarmby T ed. Before and After School Physical Activity Programs: Frameworks, Critical Issues and Underserved Populations. London: Routledge, pp. 118-128.

  • Hooper O; Sandford R; Quarmby T (2020) Piling on the pressure? Negotiating burden/benefit dynamics in social research during times of crisis. In: Kara H; Khoo S-M ed. Researching in the age of COVID-19. Policy Press,

  • Sandford R; Quarmby T (2018) Space, place and identity: new pressures in the lives of young people. In: Goodyear V; Armour K ed. Young People, Social Media and Health. London: Routledge, pp. 117-131.

  • Quarmby T (2018) ‘No Strings Attached’: Reflections on Using Puppets in Focus Group Interviews with Vulnerable Children in Sport and Physical Activity. In: Medcalf R; Mackintosh C ed. Researching Difference in Sport and Physical Activity. London: Routledge,

  • Goodyear V; Blain D; Quarmby T; Wainwright N (2016) Dylan: the use of mobile apps within a tactical inquiry approach. In: Casey A; Goodyear V; Armour K ed. Digital Technologies and Learning in Physical Education: Pedagogical Cases. London: Routledge, pp. 13-30.

  • Quarmby T (2016) Physical activity, families and children in care. In: Dagkas S; Burrows L ed. Families, Young People, Physical Activity and Health Critical Perspectives. London: Routledge, pp. 153-162.

  • Quarmby T (2016) Who cares? Physical activity, families and children in care. In: Families, Young People, Physical Activity and Health. Routledge, pp. 153-162.

  • Quarmby T (2016) Parenting and youth sport. In: Green K; Smith A ed. Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport. London: Routledge, pp. 209-217.

  • Dagkas S; Quarmby T (2015) Bourdieu, young people and physical activity: intersecting fields of social class and family. In: lisahunter; Smith W; emerald E ed. Pierre Bourdieu and Physical Culture. London: Routledge, pp. 101-107.

  • Daly-Smith A; Quarmby T; Archbold V; Routen A; Morris J; Gammon C; Bartholomew J; Resaland GK; Llewellyn B; Allman R (In press) Implementing physically active learning: future directions for research, policy and practice. Journal of Sport and Health Science


  • Gray S; Sandford R; Quarmby T; Hooper O (2023) Exploring pre-service physical education teachers' trauma-related learning experiences in schools. Teaching and Teacher Education, 132 pp. 1-10.


  • Sandford R; Quarmby T; Hooper O (2023) Theorising the potential of physical education and school sport to support the educational engagement, transitions, and outcomes of care-experienced young people. British Educational Research Journal, pp. 1-19.


  • Quarmby T; Sandford R; Hooper O; Gray S (2023) Co-producing strategies for enacting trauma-aware pedagogies with pre-service physical education teachers. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, pp. 1-14.


  • Skouteris H; Green R; Chung A; Bergmeier H; Amir LH; Baidwan SK; Chater AM; Chamberlain C; Emond R; Gibbons K (2022) Nurturing children's development through healthy eating and active living: Time for policies to support effective interventions in the context of responsive emotional support and early learning. Health and Social Care in the Community, pp. 1-11.


  • Green R; Bruce L; O'Donnell R; Quarmby T; Hatzikiriakidis K; Strickland D; Skouteris H (2022) “We’re trying so hard for outcomes but at the same time we’re not doing enough”: Barriers to Physical Activity for Australian Young People in Residential Out-of-home Care. Child Care in Practice, 28 (4), pp. 739-757.


  • Quarmby T; Luguetti C (2021) Rethinking pedagogical practices with care-experienced young people: Lessons from a sport-based programme analysed through a Freirean lens. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy


  • Lerum Ø; Tjomsland H; Leirhaug PE; Mckenna J; Quarmby T; Bartholomew J; Jenssen ES; Daly-Smith A; Resaland GK (2021) The Conforming, The Innovating and The Connecting Teacher: a qualitative study of why teachers in lower secondary school adopt physically active learning. Teaching and Teacher Education


  • Hooper O; Sandford R; Quarmby T; Duncombe R (2021) Let me tell you a story: Concept cartoons as a tool for representing young people's voices in physical education and youth sport. Physical Education Matters, Spring 2021

  • Quarmby T; Sandford R; Green R; Hooper O; Avery J (2021) Developing evidence-informed principles for trauma-aware pedagogies in physical education. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy


  • Sandford R; Quarmby T; Hooper O; Duncombe R (2020) Exercising their 'Right to be Active'? Care experienced young people's perspectives on physical education and sport. Physical Education Matters

  • Daly-Smith A; Quarmby T; Archbold V; Corrigan N; Resaland GK; Bartholomew J; Singh A; Tjomsland H; Sherar L; Chalkley A (2020) Using a multi-stakeholder experience-based design process to co-develop the Creating Active Schools Framework. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity


  • Quarmby T; Sandford R; Hooper O; Duncombe R (2020) Narratives and marginalised voices : Storying the sport and physical activity experiences of care-experienced young people. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health


  • Sandford R; Quarmby T; Hooper O; Duncombe R (2019) Navigating Complex Social Landscapes: Examining Care Experienced Young People’s Engagements with Sport and Physical Activity. Sport, Education and Society


  • Bruce L; Pizzirani B; Cox R; Quarmby T; O’Donnell R; Strickland D; Skouteris H (2019) Physical activity engagement among young people living in the care system: A narrative review of the literature. Children and Youth Services Review, 103 pp. 218-225.


  • Gammon C; Morton K; Atkin A; Corder K; Daly-Smith A; Quarmby T; Suhrcke M; Turner D; van Sluijs E (2019) Introducing physically active lessons in UK secondary schools: feasibility study and pilot cluster-randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 9


  • Quarmby T; Sandford R; Pickering K (2019) Care-experienced youth and positive development: An exploratory study into the value and use of leisure-time activities. Leisure Studies, 38 (1), pp. 28-42.


  • Quarmby T; Sandford R; Elliot E (2018) ‘I actually used to like PE, but not now’: Understanding care-experienced young people’s (dis)engagement with physical education. Sport, Education and Society, 24 (7), pp. 714-726.


  • Quarmby T; Daly-Smith A; Kime N (2018) ‘You get some very archaic ideas of what teaching is…’: Primary school teachers’ perceptions of the barriers to physically active lessons. Education 3-13


  • Morley D; McKenna J; Gilbert S; French J; Till K; Quarmby T; Turner G (2018) Can’t pay, can’t play? Talent lead’s perspectives on the financial constraints experienced by athletes on the England Talent Pathway. High Ability Studies, 29 (1), pp. 51-64.


  • Hobbs M; Daly-Smith A; McKenna J; Quarmby T; Morley D (2017) Reconsidering current objectives for physical activity within physical education. British Journal of Sports Medicine


  • Quarmby T; Pickering K (2016) Physical activity and children in care: A scoping review of barriers, facilitators and policy for disadvantaged youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13 (7), pp. 780-787.


  • Quarmby T; Dagkas S (2015) Informal mealtime pedagogies: exploring the influence of family structure on young people's healthy eating dispositions. Sport, Education and Society, 20 (3), pp. 323-339.


  • Quarmby T (2014) Sport and physical activity in the lives of looked-after children: a ‘hidden group’ in research, policy and practice. Sport, Education and Society, 19 (7), pp. 944-958.


  • Quarmby T; Dagkas S (2013) Locating the place and meaning of physical activity in the lives of young people from low-income, lone-parent families. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 18 (5), pp. 459-474.


  • Quarmby T (2013) Exploring the role of the family in the construction of young people’s health discourses and dispositions. Educational Review, 65 (3), pp. 303-320.


  • Dagkas S; Quarmby T (2012) Young People’s Embodiment of Physical Activity: The Role of the ‘Pedagogized’ Family. Sociology of Sport Journal, 29 (2), pp. 210-226.

  • Phillpots L; Grix J; Quarmby T (2011) Centralized grassroots sport policy and ‘new governance’: A case study of County Sports Partnerships in the UK – unpacking the paradox. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 46 (3), pp. 265-281.


  • Quarmby T; Dagkas S; Bridge M (2011) Associations between children's physical activities, sedentary behaviours and family structure: a sequential mixed methods approach. Health Education Research, 26 (1), pp. 63-76.


  • Quarmby T; Dagkas S (2010) Children's engagement in leisure time physical activity: exploring family structure as a determinant. Leisure Studies, 29 (1), pp. 53-66.


  • Quarmby T; Maher A; Hooper O (2023) PE in alternative provision schools - What does it look like? Youth Report [Online]. Leeds Beckett University: Youth Sport Trust and Leeds Beckett University.

  • Quarmby T; Maher A; Hooper O (2022) The role and value of physical education and sport in alternative provision schools [Online]. Leeds Beckett University: Youth Sport Trust.

  • Sandford R; Quarmby T; Duncombe R; Hooper O (2020) Right to Be Active: Adult Report [Online]. Leeds Beckett University.

  • Sandford R; Quarmby T; Duncombe R; Hooper O (2020) Right to Be Active : Young People Report [Online]. Leeds Beckett University.

  • Marttinen R; Centeio E; Quarmby T (2021) Before and After School Physical Activity Programs: Frameworks, Critical Issues and Underserved Populations. London: Routledge.