Dr Kyriaki Makopoulou

Dr Kyriaki Makopoulou

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Head of Quality Assurance
Lecturer in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
SPECS Programme Lead

Contact details

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr. Kyriaki Makopoulou is an expert in examining the complex process of professional learning and in evaluating the impact of large-scale national Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes on both teacher and pupil learning outcomes. She is currently supervising postgraduate research in the fields of physical education (with a focus on the cross-curriculum potential of PE and dance) and professional development for primary and secondary teachers.

Kyriaki is the programme lead for BSc in Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science. Kyriaki was an undergraduate student in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences in Athens, Greece (1996-2000) completed an MSc in Physical Education (awarded with distinction) at Loughborough University in 2003 and a PhD on teachers professional learning (Loughborough University) in 2009.

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Thursdays 13.00-14.00


  • PhD
  • MSc
  • BSc


Kyriaki is the programme lead for BSc in Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science. Kyriaki leads two modules:

  • Teaching and Coaching: games and athletics (Year 1) 
  • Developing Teaching and Coaching: gymnastics and dance (Year 2) 

Kyriaki supervises third year dissertation students. Aligned with the School’s aims, her aim is to build students’ teaching and learning capacities in order to be successful professionals in their field.

Postgraduate supervision

Kyriaki supervises a number of PhD and MSc students in the areas of Continuing Professional Development (both formal and informal learning) for Physical Education (PE) teachers and the cross curriculum potential of dance (with a focus on dance and reading comprehension).

If you are interesting in studying any of these subject areas please contact Kyriaki on the contact details above.


Kyriaki has recently completed a four-year evaluation project (funded by the Youth Sport Trust) of the Sainsbury's Inclusive PE teacher training programme (May 2013- July 2017). With Dr. Mark Griffiths, Kyriaki has also secured funding (Society for Educational Studies) to develop an evaluation framework to support schools to measure the impact of school-based professional development initiatives (December 2013-December 2014). 

Other activities

Kyriaki is a member of the following national and international associations: British Educational Research Association (BERA) and European Educational Research Association (EERA).

She was also recently appointed as one of the conveners for the Annual Conference of the European Educational Research Association (Network 18: Research into Sport Pedagogy). She recently presented at the 2018 conference in Bolzano.

Detailed abstracts: 

How is inclusive Physical Education conceptualised, interpreted and practiced in the context of a national professional development programme in England?

The Effect of a 8 Week Dance-based Physical Education Intervention On Pupils’ Reading Comprehension


Selected publications

Makopoulou, K. (2018). An investigation into the complex process of facilitating effective professional learning: CPD tutors’ practices under the microscope. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 23 (3), 250-266.

Armour, K.M., Quennerstedt, M., Chambers, F.C., & Makopoulou, K. (2017).  What is effective CPD for contemporary physical education teachers: A Deweyan Framework. Sport, Education and Society, 22 (7), 799-811.

Makopoulou, K. & Thomas, G. (2017) Educating Teachers for Effective Inclusive Pedagogies. In: C.D. Ennis (Eds) Routledge Handbook of Physical Education Pedagogies (London: Routledge)

Armour, K., Quennerstedt, M., Chambers, F. and Makopoulou, K. (2015) What is ‘Effective’ CPD for Contemporary Physical Education Teachers? A Deweyan Framework. Sport, Education and Society.

Makopoulou, K. & Armour, K. (2014) Possibilities and Challenges in Teachers’ Collegial Learning. Educational Review, 66 (1), 75-95.

Armour, K.M. & Makopoulou, K. (2012) Great Expectations: Teacher Learning in a National Professional Development Programme, Teaching and Teacher Education. 28, 336-346.

Armour, K.M., Makopoulou, K. & Chambers, F.C. (2012). Progression in PE Teachers’ Career-Long Professional Learning: Conceptual and Practical Concerns European Physical Education Review. 18, 62-77.

Gorard S & Makopoulou, K. (2012) Is mixed methods the natural approach to research? In Armour K. & Macdonald, D. (Editors) Research Methods in Physical Education and Youth Sport (106-119) (London: Routledge).

Makopoulou, K. & Armour, K.M. (2011) Teachers’ Professional Learning in a European Learning Society: The Case of Physical Education, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. 16 (4), 417-433.

Makopoulou, K. (2011) ‘Personalising Learning: A Perfect Pedagogy for Teachers and Coaches?’ In: K. M. Armour (Eds) Introduction to Sport Pedagogy for Teachers and Coaches: Effective Learners in Physical Education and Youth Sport. ISBN13: 9780273732587 ISBN10: 0273732587

Makopoulou, K. & Armour, K.M. (2011) Physical Education Teachers’ Career-Long Professional Learning: Getting Personal, Sport, Education and Society. 16(5), pp571-591 

Armour, K.M., Makopoulou, K., Chambers, F. & Duncombe, R. (2010) Career-Long Professional Learning for the Professional Physical Education Teacher, in: R. Bailey & D. Kirk (Eds) Physical Education for Learning: A Guide for Secondary Schools (London, Continuum).