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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

Post 2009

Conferences / Presentations

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.

Tones, S. What underpins your learning to coach Football/Futsal…   in Cheshire? FA Coaching Connections Conference, Carden Park, Cheshire, 4th June, 2016.

Tones, S. Emerging thoughts about the pedagogy of the world class sports coach. University of Chester, Research Conference, Warrington, June 2012.

Tones, S. & Mousa, S.A. The state and status of physical education in Bethlehem Schools (Palestine), An-Najah University, Nablus, Palestine, June 2012.

Tones, S., Jones, L. & Keskitalo, V. Tiered reciprocal learning and teaching in the context of physical education teacher education (PETE). AIESEP International Conference, Limerick University, Ireland, 22-25th June, 2011. http://aiesep.org/wpcontent/uploads/2014/11/Limerick-2011-Proceedings.pdf. Paper 50. P132-154.

Tones, S. An insight into the International Soccer Coach as a reflective practitioner 2nd International Soccer and Science Conference, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa,  7-9th June 2010.

Journal Publications (Practice insight papers on the theme of Coaching / Mentoring).

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 1 (2), 41-46. Online:  http://leedsbeckett.ac.uk/ /media/files/research/collectived-feb-2018-issue-2.pdf?la=en

Tones, S. Insight - What is Mentoring? WEBEX, 15TH November 2017.

Tones, S., Keeley, G., & Chipchase, J. (2009). As a coach, what do you do if you don’t know what to do? The developing role of the FA Mentor, Insight, The FA Coaches Association Journal, Summer Ed, 31-33.

Journal Publications (Practice insight papers on the theme of teaching Physical Education).

Tones, S. & Jones, L. (2011). Anatomy of a lesson…building learning power with a focus on improving athletic performance. Physical Education Matters, 6 (1) 17-20.

Tones, S. & Jones, L. (2009). Revisiting Reciprocal Learning and Teaching. Physical Education Matters, 4 (1) 14-16.

Journal Publications (Practice insight papers on the theme of ‘Sports Coach’ learning).

Bateman, I. & Tones, S. (2014). Where all four corners meet. Boot Room: The FA Coaches Association Journal, Edition 9, 82-89.

Keeley, G., & Tones, S. (2012). The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Conundrum! Boot Room: The FA Coaches Association Journal, Edition 5, 38-43.

Tones, S., Keeley, G., & Jones, L. (2011).  The use of process boards to support planning for grass roots coaching. Boot Room: The FA Coaches Association Journal, Edition 1, 60-85.

Invited Lectures / Workshops (UK)

Tones, S. Reflection – and playing snakes and ladders. England National Partially Sighted Squad, Manchester, 2011.

Tones, S. Reciprocity and reciprocal learning through mentoring. Leicestershire and Rutland FA. September, 2011.

 Invited Lectures / Workshops (International)

Teaching Physical Education - Bethlehem Schools, Palestine, November, 2012.

Teaching Games for Understanding (with a focus on invasion games) - Al Quds University, East Jerusalem, Palestine. November 2011.

Teaching Games for Understanding (with a focus on net games) - Bethlehem University, Palestine, November 2010.

Coach Mentoring - Wesley College, Dover, Delaware, USA, October, 2010.

Commissioned Work

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

  • Video (Part 1) – Introduction, meeting the mentee, setting initial targets for observation.
  • Video (Part 2) – Observation, monitoring and recording the mentee’s coaching session.
  • Video (Part 3) – Dialogic feedback post mentee’s coaching session.

FA Coach Mentoring - Mentoring Adults Programme. Loughborough, The Football Association 2010.

  • Video (Part 1) – Introduction, meeting the mentee, setting initial targets for observation.
  • Video (Part 2) – Formal feedback post mentee’s coaching session.

Books

Hardman, K., Murphy, C., Routen, A.C., & Tones, S. (2014). UNESCO-NWCPEA: world-wide survey of school physical education; final report. Paris, UNESCO.  ISBN 978-92-3-100048-5

Tones, S. (2009). Think Book’ for Reflective Practitioners. London: The Football Association.

Coach Mentoring at International level

England PS Futsal Squad – World Championships (B2/B3) – Cagliari, Italy, May 2017. (Silver Medal)

England PS Futsal Squad - European Championships (B2/B3) - Turkey, May 2016. (Bronze Medal)

England PS Futsal Squad - European 4 Nations Tournament, Vienna, Austria, November 2015. (3rd Place)

England PS Futsal Squad - European Championships (B2/B3) La Spezia, Italy, December 2014. (5th Place)

England PS Futsal Squad – World Championships (B2/B3) – Sendai, Japan, December 2012. (Bronze Medal)

England PS Futsal Squad - European Championships (B2/B3) - Turkey, May 2012. (7TH Place).