Steven Tones

Director of Partnership (School Direct)

Prior to joining the Faculty of Education and Children's Services at the University of Chester, Steven’s early career was spent teaching Physical Education, Geography and Geology in Cheshire Secondary Schools. Later he became Head of Physical Education at Priestley Sixth Form College in Warrington where he was instrumental in setting up the first ‘A’ Level Sports Studies programme. Alongside this he worked as a Phase Advisor in Cheshire (District 6) with a remit to support and develop the teaching of Primary School Physical Education.

Overview

Currently, Steven is the Head of School Direct Programmes in the Faculty of Education and Children's Services at the University of Chester.

Steven's external education roles include: External Examiner at the University of Worcester; Visiting Coach Educator at Wesley College, Dover Delaware, USA; Visiting Education Lecturer at Jyvaskyla University, Finland; Visiting Education Lecturer at Bethlehem University, Palestine; Visiting Education Lecturer at Al Quds University, East Jerusalem, Palestine.

He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In addition Steven is an Assistant Coach to the England Partially Sighted Squad and works with The Football Association in the area of reflective learning and mentoring.

 

Teaching

Steven teaches on the following programmes:

  • PGCE Primary and Secondary (ITE)
  • M.Ed (CPD)

 

Research

Research interests:

  • Reflective learning processes in teacher education
  • Mentoring and sports coach education
  • International PE pedagogy

Published work

Recent Academic Conference Presentations.

Tones, S., Bird, M., & Kelly, A. How do School Direct Associate Teachers Learn to Teach? 42nd British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, England, UK, 13th - 15th September 2016.

 

Tones, S. What underpins your learning to coach Football/Futsal… in Cheshire? Coaching Connections Conference, Carden Park, Cheshire, 4th June 2016.

Tones, S. Emerging thoughts about the pedagogy of the world class sports coach. University of Chester, June 2012.

Tones, S. & Mousa, S.A. The state and status of physical education in Bethlehem Schools (Palestine). An-Najah University Journal for Research, An-Najah University Nablus, Palestine, June 2012.

Tones, S., Jones, L. & Keskitalo, V. Reciprocal learning and teaching in the context of physical education teacher education (PETE). AIESEP International Conference, Limerick University, Ireland, 22-25th June 2011.

Tones, S. & Jones, M. What’s in your ‘think book’? An evaluative study of a strategy employed to facilitate trainee teachers’ learning through critical reflection. 32nd British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, University of Warwick, England, UK, 6th - 9th September 2006.

Recent Journal Publications (Physical Education).

Tones, S. & Jones, L. (2011). Anatomy of a lesson…building learning power with a focus on improving athletic performance. Physical Education Matters, 6(1) 17-20

Tones, S. & Jones, L. (2009). Revisiting Reciprocal Learning and Teaching. Physical Education Matters, 4(1) 14-16.

Recent Journal Publications (Coach Education).

Bateman, I. & Tones, S. (2015). Games, Goals, Goalkeepers. Boot Room: The FA Coaches Association Journal, Edition 12, p41-47, April 2015.

 

Bateman, I. & Tones, S. (2014). Where all four corners meet. Boot Room: The FA Coaches Association Journal, Edition 09, p82-89, April 2014.

 

Keeley, G., & Tones, S. (2012). The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Conundrum! Boot Room: The FA Coaches Association Journal, Edition 05, p38-43, December 2012.

Tones, S., Keeley, G., & Jones, L. (2011).  The use of process boards to support planning for grass roots coaching. Boot Room: The FA Coaches Association Journal, Edition 01, p60-85, April 2011.

Recent Invited Lectures / Workshops (UK)

Tones, S. Football player reflection – and playing snakes and ladders. England National Partially Sighted Squad, Manchester.

Tones, S. Reciprocity and reciprocal learning through mentoring. Leicestershire and Rutland FA.

Recent Invited Lectures / Workshops (International)

Teaching Physical Education - Bethlehem Schools November 2012.

Teaching Games for Understanding (with a focus on invasion games) - Al Quds University, East Jerusalem, Palestine. November 2011.

Teaching Games for Understanding (with a focus on net games) - Bethlehem University, Palestine, November 2010.

Coach learning - Wesley College, Dover, Delaware, USA, October 2010.

Recent Commissioned Work

Mentoring Adults. St George’s Park, The Football Association 2015.

Recent Books

Hardman, K., Murphy, C., Routen, A.C. & Tones, S. (2014). UNESCO-NWCPEA: world-wide survey of school physical education; final report. Paris, UNESCO.  ISBN 978-92-3-100048-5

Tones, S. (2009). Think Book’ for Reflective Practitioners. London: The Football Association

Recent International Coaching

England Partially Sighted Squad - European Championships (B2/B3) - Turkey, May 2012.

England Partially Sighted Squad – World Championships (B2/B3) – Sendai, Japan, December 2012.

England Partially Sighted Squad - European Championships (B2/B3) La Spezia, Italy, December 2014.

England Partially Sighted Squad - European 4 Nations Tournament, Vienna, Austria, November 2015.