Natalie Thurston

Natalie Thurston


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Personal profile


Natalie Thurston is a lecturer in Physical Education and Employability Director within the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. Natalie teaches on the BA Physical Education degree programme and the Secondary PGCE programme. She joined the School of Education and Lifelong Learning in September 2012.  Prior to working at UEA, Natalie was employed as a Secondary teacher of PE.
Natalie also co-ordinates the study-abroad programme within the School of Education.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Natalie’s research interests lie in the area of physical education pedagogy, with a particular interest in curriculum policy, structure and interpretation. She is currently completing her Doctorate in Education, which focuses on the curriculum policy-making process and interpretation of the Physical Education curriculum in secondary schools.

Membership of professional Bodies

Association for Physical Education (aFPE)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Teaching Interests

BA Physical Education 2016-2017

Natalie is the module leader for the follwing modules:

Acquiring and Developing Skill (Year 1)

Games Activities (Year 1)

Academic Skills in Physical Education (Year 1)

Professional Skills in Physical Education (Year 2)

Athletic and Aquatic Activities (Year 2)

Aesthetic Activities (Year 3)

Natalie is involved in supervising undergraduate BA Physical Education dissertation students.

PGCE Secondary Physical Education 2016-2017

Natalie contributes to the delivery of the PGCE Secondary Physical Education course. This includes professional development sessions on netball, badminton, athletics, table-tennis, teaching 14-19 examinable/vocational PE, leadership on the PE curriculum, teaching games activities and health related exercise in PE.