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Kate Bancroft

About Kate Bancroft

Kate is an interdisciplinary scholar specialising in secondary school Physical Education teaching. She currently leads one on the undergraduate degrees within Carnegie School of Education and previously ran an MA programme. Kate has been awarded the title of Senior Fellow (HEA). Kate’s doctoral thesis explores sex/gender equality in schools.

Kate joined Leeds Beckett University after a high-achieving career in teaching where she was a secondary school Assistant Headteacher within six years of qualifying as a teacher. She gained a First Class Honours BA Secondary Physical Education with QTS degree, and then recently completed a doctorate in human rights law and gender in education. Kate presented her emerging doctoral findings at the University of Cambridge in December 2019 and was due to speak at the University of Oxford in April (2020 – postponed due to COVID19). Kate worked for three weeks as a consultant for the UK Government’s Department for Education - offering advice and expertise on delivery and teaching strategies for teachers.

Current Teaching

  • Ecological Positioning in Global Education
  • Introduction to Policy in Education
  • A Primer on Educational Theory & Practice: An Introduction to Key Thinkers in the Philosophy of Education
  • Child Psychology
  • Diverse Childhoods
  • Theorising Childhood

Research Interests

Kate is a peer-reviewer for the prestigious, high-impact Journal of Education for Teaching - considered highly influential in the field for its significant and original contribution to the subject area of teacher education. She is also an academic peer-reviewer of education books for Sage and Routledge.

Kate has also been a guest speaker at the Youth Sport Trust (2020) conferences where she helped train PE teachers, athlete mentors, development coaches on the gender attainment and inclusion gap.

She is also an examiner for the University of Greenwich secondary PGCE courses – this is a key role as part of their quality assurance processes which helps provide assurances to the university that their course is running fairly and operated equitably. Kate works in this role to help ensure the comparability of Greenwich University's standards is in line with those in peer institutions, like Leeds Beckett University.

Kate is an academic member of the following academic research groups:

  • University of Durham’s Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse
  • University of Dundee’s Research Centre for Transformative Change: Educational and Life Transitions

In 2020, Kate Bancroft and two colleagues, Dr Tom Van Rossum and Paul Ogilvie, established RIHPEP (The Research and Innovation Hub for Physical Educators and their Pupils) in partnership with Leeds United Football Club. The aim of the hub is to bridge the gap between academics and teachers to give children the best opportunity to achieve physical and mental wellbeing through PE and sport, collaborative research, training and consultancy. In December 2020, Kate, Tom and Paul won a research bid for £26,500 to explore (with Fit 2 Learn) more about lessening the effects of psychological trauma on physical skill development.

Selected Publications

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