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About Steven Tones

Prior to joining the Faculty of Education and Children's Services at the University of Chester, Steven’s early career was spent teaching Physical Education, Geography and Geology in Cheshire Secondary Schools. Later he became Head of Physical Education at Priestley Sixth Form College in Warrington where he was instrumental in setting up the first ‘A’ Level Sports Studies programme. Alongside this he worked as a Phase Advisor in Cheshire (District 6) with a remit to support and develop the teaching of Primary School Physical Education.

Currently, Steven is the Head of School Direct Programmes in the Faculty of Education and Children's Services at the University of Chester.

Steven's external education roles include: External Examiner at the University of Worcester; Visiting Coach Educator at Wesley College, Dover Delaware, USA; Visiting Education Lecturer at Jyvaskyla University, Finland; Visiting Education Lecturer at Bethlehem University, Palestine; Visiting Education Lecturer at Al Quds University, East Jerusalem, Palestine.

He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In addition Steven is a Coach Mentor to the England Partially Sighted Futsal Squad and works with The Football Association in the area of reflective learning and mentoring.

Teaching

Steven teaches on the following programmes:

  • PGCE Primary and Secondary (ITE)
  • M.Ed
  • M.A Creative Practice

Research

Research interests:

  • Learning processes in Initial Teacher Education (ITE).
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • PE pedagogy.

Published Work

Journal Publications -

Jones, L., Tones, S. and Foulkes, G. (2020), "Associate teachers' learning networks: a figurational analysis of initial teacher education", International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 205-218. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMCE-09-2019-0088

Tones, S., Jones, L., & Foulkes, G. (2019). Peer coaching as a CollectivPE (in writing for an academic purpose). A practice insight working paper. CollectivED (8), 44-48.   http://leedsbeckett.ac.uk/-/media/files/school-of-education/research/col...

Jones, L., Tones, S., & Foulkes, G. (2019). "Exploring learning conversations between mentors and associate teachers in initial teacher education", International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, Vol. 8 Issue: 2, pp.120-133, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMCE-08-2018-0050

Jones, L., Tones, S., & Foulkes, G. (2018). "Mentoring Associate Teachers in Initial Teacher Education: The Value of Dialogic Feedback", International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 7 (2), 127-138. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMCE-07-2017-0051

Tones, S., & Bateman, I. (2018). Walking and Talking: An insight into a mentoring relationship (elite level Futsal), CollectivED (2), 41-46. Online:  http://leedsbeckett.ac.uk/ /media/files/research/collectived-feb-2018-issue-2.pdf?la=en

Conferences / Presentations -

Jones, L., Foulkes, G. & Tones, S. Valuing the informal mentoring conversations and feedback in Initial Teacher Education, 45th British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, Manchester University, Manchester, England, UK, 11th September, 2019.

Tones, S. & Bateman, I. Dialogic Mentoring and a walk in the park: An insight into a mentoring relationship (elite level Futsal), National FA Coach Mentor Conference, St. George’s Park, Burton, 9th-10th March, 2018.

Tones, S. Just thoughts about (Learning): Creativity framed against ideas linked to Mentoring? North West Coach Mentor Conference, UCLAN, Preston, 8th July 2017.

Tones, S., Bird, M., & Kelly, A. How do School Direct Associate Teachers Learn to Teach? 42nd British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, Leeds University, Leeds, England, UK, 13th - 15th September, 2016.

On line CPD presentations -

Jones, L., Tones, S., & Foulkes, G. (2020). A Conversation about Dialogic Mentoring. Online CPD, University of Chester, Faculty of Education and Children’s Services, 6th of May, 2020.

Jones, L., Tones, S., & and Foulkes, G. (2020). Physical Education - Progressions through the curriculum. Online CPD, University of Chester, Faculty of Education and Children’s Services 14th of May, 2020.

Commissioned Work

FA Coach Mentoring - Mentoring Adults Programme. St George’s Park, The Football Association (2016).

Book -

Hardman, K., Murphy, C., Routen, A.C., & Tones, S. (2013). UNESCO-NWCPEA: world-wide survey of school physical education; final report. Paris, UNESCO.  ISBN 978-92-3-100048-5.

Current project –

Exploring the transformational learning potential of the outside field coach mentor