Dr Tom Van Rossum
Tom is a lecturer on the Primary Education (Accelerated Degree) Primary Education at Leeds Beckett University.
Tom has worked in primary and secondary schools and has a history of working with children in multi-disciplinary settings. Driven by his interest in children’s physical well-being, in 2015, Tom undertook a PhD in Physical Education and youth sport. His doctoral thesis focused on the development of an assessment for primary school teachers to use to measure the fundamental movement skills of children aged 4-7 years.
During his PhD, Tom worked with a commercial partner to develop the app-based assessment and this was launched for teachers to use in the United Kingdom in 2017. This research demonstrated the benefits of incorporating digital technology within Physical Education programmes to support assessment and pedagogy.
Through his research, Tom has looked at the role of assessment to support learning, and how assessment can be instrumental in developing teacher confidence and competence as well as improving feedback to the child.
Since achieving his PhD, Tom has continued to research in the field of Physical Education. Resource and program development have been central to Tom’s research and he is currently working with an international organisation on a global platform.
Tom’s research has heavily involved the use of digital platforms and he has recently had a chapter published within the book “Digital technology in Physical Education”. In addition, Tom has a number of peer-reviewed publications and has presented his research internationally.
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