Dr Richard Blair is currently the Programme Leader for Physical Education and Youth Sport (PE and YS) in the Division of Sport, Health and Exercise Science at Brunel University London. He has overall responsibility for the design and delivery of the PE and YS programme and works with a team of five programme leaders and two co-directors of undergraduate studies to develop and evaluate the divisions undergraduate taught programmes.
Richard is a qualified teacher and previously taught Physical Education in West London schools, where he held roles of School Sports Coordinator and Manager of Learning for Physical Education and Leisure studies. Richard has also worked in youth sport, coaching youth football, most notably at Arsenal Ladies Football Club. Richard has held two advanced coaching qualifuications a United States Soccer Federation A License and National Soccer Coaches Association of America Advanced National Diploma.
Alongside his academic work Richard is also involved in applied practice designing and delivering professional development programmes for the Football Assiociation (FA). He supported the FA Skills coaches and FA regional coaches in developing their knowledge, skill and understanding of sport pedagogy, Physical Education and the National Curriculum. The outcomes of the project are still used by the FA today, most significantly the implementation of medium term planning and the explicit use of coaching methods to support intentional learning.
Richard is a fellow of the Higher Eduication Academy and is committed to pedagogical innovation and believes that one of the primary roles of educators in higher education is to support studenst to develop their independence, self-reflection and critical thinking.
Newest selected publications
Blair, R. (2013) 'Working with others', in Capel, S. and Breckon, P. (eds.) A practical guide to teaching physical education in secondary school. London : Routledge.
Capel, S. and Blair, R. (2013) 'Understanding your views about physical education and how this impacts on your teaching and pupils learning', in Capel, S. and Breckon, P. (eds.) A practical guide to teaching physical education in secondary school. London : Routledge.
Capel, S., Blair, R. and Longville, J. (2013) 'Teaching to enable intended learning outcomes to be achieved', in Capel, S. and Breckon, P. (eds.) A practical guide to teaching physical education in secondary school. London : Routledge.
Capel, S. and Blair, R. (2012) 'Why use a particular teaching strategy in physical education?', in Capel, S. and Whitehead, M. (eds.) Debates in physical education. London : Routledge.
Blair, R. and Capel, S. (2012) 'Who should teach physical education in curriculum and extra-curricular time?', in Capel, S. and Whitehead, M. (eds.) Debates in physical education. London : Routledge.