Dr Julia Lawrence

Education Lead/ Head of Teacher Education Subject Group

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


01482 466729

An expert in physical education, teacher education and mentoring, Julia currently leads the University's teacher education subject group.

She delivers modules across the teacher education undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio, as well as supporting our extensive school partnership work and continuing professional development offer.

Internationally, Julia has supported teacher education and development in Cyprus, Ireland and Singapore.

Her publications focus on physical education and teacher education, and she works with practitioners to drive forward the embedding of an evidence-based focus to teacher education.


Research Interests

  • Physical education

  • Mentoring within teacher education.

  • Teacher education

  • Transitions in education


Lawrence J (2017), Teaching Physical Education in the Primary School, Sage.

Lawrence J and Capel S (in press), 'Getting your first post', in Capel S, Leask M and Turner T (eds), Learning to Teach in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience, RoutledgeFalmer

Lawrence J and Whitehead M (2015), 'Lesson organisation and management', in Capel S and Whitehead M (eds), Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience, (pp. 87-106), Routledge

Capel S and Lawrence J (2013), 'Creating an effective learning environment which promotes “behaviour for learning”, in Capel S, Breckon P and ’Neill J (eds.), A practical guide to teaching physical education in the secondary school, Routledge

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Foundation Subjects (Physical Education) - Primary Teaching

  • Educational Pedagogies - Computer Science (with Teacher Training)

  • Introduction to Teaching - Computer Science (with Teacher Training)

  • Developing as a Teacher - Computer Science (with Teacher Training)

  • Learning and Teaching - PGCE Secondary

  • Methods - PGCE Secondary

Research PhDs

  • Physical education

  • Teacher education

  • Mentoring

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Student and teacher perceptions of the purposes and practices of assessment in Libyan secondary school


Teaching awards and accolades

  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BEd (Hons)

  • PhD

External roles

  • External Examiner - University of Birmingham

  • External Examiner - Northumbria University

  • Physical Education and Sports Teacher Academy - Singapore