Dr Frank Herold

Frank Herold

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Sports Science

Contact details

Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences (Room 129)
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Herold has a broad research and teaching interest in professional learning and pedagogy of teaching and learning in Physical Education. His main research interests are concerned with significant developments in national and international Initial Teacher Education in Physical Education. A particular research focus is the exploration of the development of subject knowledge and in particular Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Trainee Teachers of Physical Education. Other interests include wider aspects of research in Physical Education such as the use of new technologies, in particular ICT in PE, as well as Assessment for Learning and Inclusion in Physical Education.


  • PhD Loughborough University

  • MA Sports Studies (Wolverhampton UNI)

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Management Studies (Staffordshire UNI)

  • BEd (Goethe Unversitaet Frankfurt/Main)


Teaching responsibilities include a range of theory and practical modules relating to the School's Undergraduate and Post-Graduate programmes, docused mostly on the areas of teaching and coaching. Adminstrative roles currently include working as the Head of Quality and Senior Tutor Admissions for the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences.


  • Initial Teacher Training and Education in Physical Education
  • Professional Learning in Physical Education
  • Information and Learning Technologies in Physical Education
  • Inclusion in Physical Education
  • Assessment for Learning in Physical Education
  • Curriculum in Physical Education


Herold, F. (2020). ‘There is new wording, but there is no real change in what we deliver’: Implementing the new National Curriculum for Physical Education in England. European Physical Education Review, 22:3,231-245,DOI: 10.1080/17408989.2016.1192592

O’Brien, W., Adamakis, M., O’Brien, N., Onofre, M., Martins, J., Dania, A., ... & Costa, J. (2020). Implications for European Physical Education Teacher Education during the COVID-19 pandemic: a cross-institutional SWOT analysis. European Journal of Teacher Education, 1-20. DOI: 10.1080/02619768.2020.1823963

Waring, M., & Herold, F. (2019). Knowledge for physical education. Debates in Physical Education, 116-131.

Herold, F. (2019). Shulman, or Shulman and Shulman? How communities and contexts affect the development of pre-service teachers’ subject knowledge. Teacher Development, 23(4), 488-505. DOI: 10.1080/13664530.2019.1637773

Herold, F., & Waring, M. (2016). An investigation of pre-service teachers’ learning in physical education teacher education: schools and university in partnership. Sport, Education and Society, 1-13. To link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13573322.2015.1127802

Herold, F., & Waring, M. (2016). Is practical subject matter knowledge still important?: Examining the Siedentopian perspective on the role of content knowledge in physical education teacher education. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy: to link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17408989.2016.1192592.

Chambers, F. C., Herold, F. A., McFlynn, P., Brennan, D. A., & Armour, K. (2014). TRAINING MENTOR TEACHERS ACROSS THE CAREER-SPAN: 96-107, in: Chambers, F. Mentoring in Physical Education and Sports Coaching, Routledge, London.

Chambers, F. C., Luttrell, S., Armour, K., Bleakley, W. E., Brennan, D. A., & Herold, F. A. (2014). THE PEDAGOGY OF MENTORING. 28-34, in: Chambers, F. Mentoring in Physical Education and Sports Coaching, Routledge, London.

Chambers, F., Armour, K., Herold, F., & Bleakley, W. (2014). Designing Sustainable Models of Mentoring for Sports Clubs. Conference paper, AIESEP, Auckland, New Zeeland, 10th - 13th of February.

Chambers, F., Armour, K., Luttrell, S., Bleakley, W., Brennan, D., & Herold, F. (2014). Professional learning for PE teachers/Coaches: An ecological approach to mentoring. Conference paper, ECER, Porto, Portugal, 02nd-5th of September.

Herold F. (2013). The Development of Subject Knowledge in Secondary Physical Education Teachers, PhD Thesis. University of Loughborough, May, 2013.

Chambers, F., Armour, K., Herold, F., & Bleakley, W. (2013). Developing Effective Mentor Pedagogies to Support Pre-service Teacher Learning on Teaching Practice. Conference paper, AIESEP, Warsaw, Poland, 4th - 7th of July.

Chambers, F., Armour, K., Luttrell, S., Bleakley, W., Brennan, D., & Herold, F. (2012). Mentoring as a profession-building process in physical education teacher education. Irish educational Studies, 31(3), 345-362.

Herold F. (2011). Becoming a Physical Education Teacher. In: Armour, K. (Ed.)  Introduction to Sport Pedagogy. London: Routledge.

Herold, F. & Waring, M. (2011). So much to learn, so little time…: pre-service physical education teachers' interpretations and development of subject knowledge as they learn to teach. Evaluation & Research in Education, 24(1), 61-77.

Chambers, F., Barrett, K., Bleakley, W., Brennan, D., Herold, F., & Luttrell, S. (2011). The SCoTENS Trilateral Mentoring Project. In AIESEP Conference Proceedings. AIESEP.

Herold, F. and Waring, M. (2009). Pre-service physical education teachers' perceptions of subject knowledge: Augmenting learning to teach. European Physical Education Review, 15(3), 337-364.

Herold, F. and Dandolo, J. (2009). Including visually impaired students in physical education lessons: a case study of teacher and pupil experiences. The British Journal of Visual Impairment, 27(1), 31-40. 

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