Dr Alison Murray appointed to national task force addressing the future of PE in schools
- Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Roehampton senior lecturer joins leading figures in sport and government with the ambition of putting PE at the heart of school life.
The Association for Physical Education (afPE) is a respected and influential voice within government and the PE, sport and recreation communities. The organisation recently asked Roehampton's Dr Alison Murray who teaches PE across a range of programmes in the School of Education, to join a high-profile task force to address the future of PE in schools. Other task force members will include MP Edward Timpson, former England rugby star Jason Robinson and academics from the universities of Bradford and Loughborough.
The group will examine issues such as how to positively influence public policy around PE, provide government with actionable recommendations for change, and achieve the afPE's ambition of putting PE at the heart of school life. Importantly for Dr Murray, another aim of the task force is to celebrate excellence in PE teaching and facilitate the spread of good practice.
On learning of the appointment Dr Murray said "I am delighted to know that as a collective PE taskforce, we shall be able to fuse insights and ideas drawn from our bright and diverse society." She believes her experience of working as part of the national PE teaching community will help her rise to the challenges of the task force, commenting "We are sort of the HE PE musketeers - one for all and all that, which has been invaluable throughout this monumentally difficult period. We are also highly invested in our students and have shared all of our practices to help get each and every one of us through this. I am so proud to be part of our higher education physical education teacher education family. So, for them and for our students, I shall facilitate and share our voice."