The Primary Physical Education Assembly (PPEA) aims to:

  • improve the confidence and competence of all children who participate in Primary Physical Education
  • further the improvement of Primary Physical Education practice
  • bring together stakeholders who have a shared interest in Primary Physical Education
  • advocate Primary Physical Education as a school subject


Dr Gerald Griggs

Dr Gerald Griggs is Head of Academics at UCFB Etihad Campus, UK. Gerald has been passionate about primary Physical Education for over two decades, originally training as a primary teacher with a specialism in Physical Education, before teaching in primary schools across the UK. Since moving into Higher Education, he has published and presented widely on primary Physical Education and the sociology of sport. Most notably, Gerald has been responsible for three of the world’s leading textbooks concerning primary Physical Education including, ‘An Introduction to Primary Physical Education’, ‘Understanding Primary Physical Education’ and ‘The Routledge Handbook of Primary Physical Education.’ Gerald is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce (FRSA), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood.

Email: ggriggs@ppea.org.uk

Dr Vicky Randall

Dr Vicky Randall is a Senior Fellow at the University of Winchester where she is subject coordinator for physical education, co-lead of Education for the Research Excellence Framework and Knowledge Exchange Lead for the Faculty of Education. Prior to working in higher education, Vicky was a physical education teacher, subject leader and regional subject adviser for physical education in south London. Her research interests include: child health, curriculum development, initial teacher development, policy and professional learning. Vicky has worked across a number of national and European professional networks to promote and develop primary physical education initial teacher education, including the Department for Education formed Physical Education Expert Subject Advisory Group (ESAG), the European Primary Physical Education Network (EPPEN), the Primary Physical Education Teacher Education Network in England (PETEN) and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood.

Email: vrandall@ppea.org.uk

Executive Member

Dr Kristy Howells

Dr Kristy Howells is a Reader at Canterbury Christ Church University within the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Social Sciences. Her research and lecturing spans both her home Faculty and across to the Faculty of Education. She is a passionate advocate for Physical Education, Physical Development and Physical Activity as well as Health Education – and believes that movement can change a child’s life. Her research looks at children’s physical activity, children and teachers’ understanding of fluid intake, as well as movement and mental health. She has also been the first author on two leading textbooks entitled ‘Mastering Primary Physical Education’ and ‘Mentoring Teachers in the Primary School.’ Kristy is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and has been awarded the University Teaching Excellence award. She has been a Talented Athlete within cycling and paracycling since 2016 and competes at national and international level in track cycling.  She is also a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood. Kristy also co-leads the Early Years Special Interest Group for AIESEP (International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education).