20 January, 2022 | Posted by Colm McDonnell

Portobello Presents: Pathways to PE Teaching with Leaders from UL and LJMU

Becoming a PE teacher is a much-desired role for many people passionate about education, an active lifestyle and leading the future of physical activity for the next generation.

Navigating the world of qualifications needed to meet specific requirements for the role can be tedious.

Portobello Institute’s sports department offers a BA (Hons) in Physical Education awarded by LJMU and Certificate in Higher Education – PE for those who are sports graduates or non-sports graduates.

Many of our students go on to complete their PME in UL to become PE teachers or take the UK route.

Portobello Institute is bringing the leading minds in the world of PE teaching together for an informative webinar which will explain the routes to PE teaching, no matter what your background is.

This event is perfect for you if you’re:

  • Teachers who want to add PE to their professional remit  
  • Anyone with a sports degree background interested in PE teaching 
  • Anyone with a non-sports degree background interested in PE teaching  
  • Anyone with no formal background in education looking to start a new career path

The information evening will take place on Wednesday, January 26 from 7 – 8 pm and you can register for free here.

Portobello Institute is thrilled to announce the stellar line-up of speakers including some of the most-experienced people working in the area of PE today from Portobello Institute, UL and LJMU.

Susan Walker – Programme Lead of the PE PGCE / PGDE at Liverpool John Moores University

Susan Walker’s experience is as robust as possibly anyone in the PE sector spanning not just the United Kingdom, but multiple continents.

Her academic achievements alone make for impressive reading including:

  • PGCE in Physical Education and Geography from the University of Gloucestershire
  • PG Cert in Research Methods from the University of Gloucestershire
  • BSc in Sports Science from the University of Gloucestershire
  • MSc in Sports Science from Liverpool John Moores University

Susan has held some considerable jobs before her return to LJMU.

For three years she served as an Intelligence and Security Operator for the British Army.

She then spent five years in Hong Kong as a Sports Coach and Netball Officer.

Before joining LJMU she held the role of Head of PE in the University of Gloucestershire and an SSCO for the Gloucestershire School Sports Partnership.

She has also previously been an External Examiner for Dublin City University on their BSc in Education as well as for Cumbria University on their PGCE Secondary with QTS.

Susan has been with LJMU since 2007 and is the current Programme Lead for the PE PGCE / PGDE.

On the evening, she will provide you with an overview of the PGCE/PGDE route available in the UK through Liverpool John Moores University.

Ceriann Magill – Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University

Joining Susan is one of her colleagues from LJMU, Ceriann Magill.

Much like Susan, Ceriann has a wealth of both academic and professional experience in her native UK.

She has earned multiple academic awards in the area of PE and general exercise and nutrition including:

  • BA (Hons) in Physical Education and Life Science (QTS) from Manchester Metropolitan University
  • MSc in Exercise and Nutrition Science from the University of Chester
  • PG Cert in Teaching and Learning from Liverpool John Moores University

She has been a lecturer in LJMU for over ten years and is one of the most qualified in her department.

She teaches on LJMU’s BA (Hons) in Physical Education, in which she is responsible for the delivery of physiology, scientific principles and personal and professional development.

Ceriann is also a member of the psychology and development research group in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

As well as her work in academia she is herself an experienced PE teacher having worked with schools across North Shropshire.

She has also worked as head of department, school sport co-ordinator and has also integrated multiple initiatives including Living for Sport, Step into Sport and Sports Leaders within her teaching.

Ceriann is a member of the Association for Physical Education too.

She will speak about the links between Portobello Institute and LJMU for BA (Hons) Physical Education.

Dr Antonio Calderon – Director of the Physical Education PME at the University of Limerick

Focusing on the pathways to becoming a PE teacher in Ireland will be Dr Antonio Calderon.

Much like Susan Walker, Dr Calderon’s experience transcends continents, including a robust list of academic achievements:

  • Degree in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences from the University of Granada
  • PhD in Task Organisation and Learning in Athletic Skills from the Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM)
  • Post Doc Research in Teaching Models from the University of Porto
  • Post Doc Research in Pedagogical Models in PE from Auburn University
  • Post Doc Research in Professional Development and Learning in PE from the University of Auckland
  • Post Doc Research in Professional Development and Learning in Dual Career of Student Athletes from the University of Rome

Before coming to Ireland and taking his post with UL, Antonio has spent 12 years with UCAM, serving across multiple programs in various capacities, in which he still is an active contributor.

He joined UL in 2016 and is currently in the role of Director for the PE PME. He is also a lecturer for the university.

On the night, he will provide an overview of the professional Master of Education available at the University of Limerick as the Irish postgraduate route to qualified teacher status, a route which many Portobello Institute graduates choose.

Student Perspective

You will also hear from two graduates from both Portobello and LJMU on the night who are now working as PE teachers to get first hand insight into their experiences.

Colm Dunne – BA (Hons) in Physical Education, Portobello Institute

For Dublin native Colm Dunne, PE teaching and coaching had always been an interest. Seeing the joy that sport could bring to someone inspired him to look at it as a possible career.

Colm graduated from Portobello Institute’s BA (Hons) in Physical Education.

His degree then allowed him to go on to do a PME in the University of Limerick as he continued on his path to becoming a fully qualified PE teacher.

“I really am working my dream job”, Colm said.

“Any student who is even thinking of pursuing a degree in PE, sports coaching or sports science, should really consider it,” he said.


Anthony Sheriff – BA (Hons) in Physical Education, Liverpool John Moores University

Anthony Sheriff took a scenic route to his current situation.

After school he left for Australia where he stayed for a year. On return to his native Ireland, he was at a crossroads.

Through some soul-searching he decided that PE was a career that interested him, enough to take him across the water.

Anthony enrolled in the BA (Hons) in Physical Education in LJMU.

Upon completion he became a full qualified PE teacher before doing an MSc in Sports and Exercise Psychology. He is now a lecturer here at Portobello.

He will be able to give the student perspective into the UK route to becoming a PE teacher.

Host – Dr Liam Clohesssy – Read his profile here.

Sign up now

If you’re as excited about this event as we are, why wait?

You can register for free here.

If you are interested in any of our sports courses or have any questions you can book a consultation call with our expert sports advisor Jo Shaw. Email jo.shaw@portobelloinstitute.com or call 01 892 0024.

Portobello Insider

Join our mailing list to receive the latest insights and exclusive content from your chosen department of interest