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About Dr Andrew Scattergood

Andrew completed his under graduate degree here at the University of Chester before studying for his PGCE at Leeds Metropolitan University. He took up his first teaching post in South Yorkshire in 2001 and was appointed Head of PE and Sport at the same school four years later.

Andrew arrived at the University of Chester in 2008 taking up the post of Area Leader for Sport Pedagogy and PE. As well as his teaching commitments he completed his MSc in the Sociology of Sport and Exercise which included a final thesis on the use of learning support assistants in practical PE lessons. In 2012 Andrew began his PhD focusing on the impact of social class on education, leisure, and PE and successfully defended his thesis entitled ‘Learning to Play: How working-class lads negotiate working-class PE’ in 2017. Andrew is currently working alongside his PhD supervisor Prof Ken Green to publish papers from his thesis as well as explore additional research areas linked to PE and education more broadly.

Part of the staff group that developed and initiated our BSc Physical Education degree, Andrew became Programme Leader when the course received its first cohort of students in 2015. The course has now run very successfully for several years and has seen many students make the step towards a career in teaching. In 2019 the course received a 100% student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey (NSS). 


Andrew's specialist areas include the applied theory of Pedagogy and PE. He teaches on the following undergraduate modules.

  • Introduction to Sports Coaching and Pedagogy (Year 1)
  • Sports Coaching and Pedagogy (Year 2)
  • Research Methods in Sports Coaching and Pedagogy (Year 2)
  • Applied Sports Coaching and Pedagogy (Year 3)
  • Issues in Sport Development and Policy (Year 3)
  • Issues in Physical Education (Year 3)
  • MSc Sociology of Sport and Exercise

Andrew also supervises dissertation students specializing in Physical Education and Pedagogy.


Research interests

  • The inclusion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs in PE and sport
  • Social Class, PE and Leisure
  • Figurational Sociology and its application to PE and school sport
  • Issues within physical education and PE policy

Published Work

Recent Conference Papers

Scattergood, A. (2009). ‘You don't need me you?': An assessment of the roles and attitudes of Learning Support Assistants working within mainstream PE lessons. Paper presented at the 14th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Oslo, Norway.


BSc (Hons), PGCE, MSc, PhD