Margaret Whitehead


Margaret's first job after leaving Bedford was at Oxford High School. She then moved to Homerton College Cambridge where she lectured in Dance and in 1980 she joined the staff at Bedford, initially as Head of Professional Studies. Subsequently she led both the PGCE and the Secondary B.Ed before becoming Associate Head of School. While at Bedford she was very much involved in CNAA work, external examining and the Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom. Margaret was President of PEAUK from 1999-2001. Margaret continued to study and gained a PhD in 1987. From this work she developed the concept of physical literacy and has written a book and numerous papers on the subject. She was honoured to be awarded a Visiting Professorship and an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bedfordshire in 2011 in recognition of her innovative research. Margaret retired from Bedford in 2000 and has two children and four grandsons. She has been a member of the BPEOSA Committee since 1985, first as Group 4 Rep, then as a co-opted member to oversee the educational input on Old Students' Day and then in 1998 as a Vice President. She was honoured to be elected as President of the Association in 2005.


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