Dr Jonathan Foulkes

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Dr Jonathan Foulkes (Lecturer in Physical Education) is an academic member of staff with teaching responsibilities within the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences. Jonathan was previously an undergraduate and postgraduate student at Liverpool John Moores University before returning to take up a Lecturing position on the BA (Hons) Physical Education programme in September 2018.

Jonathan primarily teaches on the following modules; Introduction to Skill Acquisition, Skill Acquisition 2, Research Design, Make it Happen: Project Plan and Make it Happen: Project Implementation. Jonathan's research interests are focused on fundamental movement skill development, physical literacy, physical activity and the role of pedagogy in developing children's physical literacy.


2017, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD - Fundamental Movement Skills, Physical Activity and Obesity from Early to Late Childhood.
2013, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MSc Sports Physiology
2011, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BSc (Hons) Sports Science (Physiology)

Academic appointments

Lecturer in Physical Education, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present
Lecturer in Physical Education, Edge Hill University, 2017 - 2018

Postgraduate training

PGCERT in Teaching and Learning, United Kingdom, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present

Journal article

Foulkes JD, Foweather L, Fairclough SJ, Knowles Z. 2020. “I Wasn’t Sure What It Meant to be Honest”—Formative Research towards a Physical Literacy Intervention for Preschoolers Children, 7 DOI Author Url Public Url

Rudd J, Crotti M, Fitton Davies K, O'Callaghan L, Bardid F, Utesh T, Roberts S, Boddy L, Knowles Z, Foulkes J, Watson P, Pesce C, Button C, Lubans D, Buszard T, Walsh B, Foweather L. 2020. Skill Acquisition Methods Fostering Physical Literacy in Early-Physical Education (SAMPLE-PE): Rationale and Study Protocol for a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial in 5–6-Year-Old Children From Deprived Areas of North West England Frontiers in Psychology, DOI Author Url Public Url

Foulkes JD, Knowles Z, Fairclough SJ, Stratton G, O'Dwyer M, Ridgers N, Foweather L. 2017. Effect of a 6-Week Active Play Intervention on Fundamental Movement Skill Competence of Preschool Children: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial Perceptual and Motor Skills, 124 :393-412 DOI Author Url Public Url

Foulkes J, Stratton G, O Dwyer MV, Knowles ZR, Ridgers ND, Foweather LF. 2015. Fundamental Movement Skills of Preschool Children in Northwest England Perceptual and Motor Skills, 121 :260-283 DOI Author Url Public Url

Foweather L, Knowles Z, Ridgers N, O Dwyer MV, Foulkes J, Stratton G. 2014. Fundamental Movement Skills in relation to weekday and weekend physical activity in preschool children Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 18 :691-696 DOI Author Url Public Url

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, International Motor Development Research Consortium, https://www.i-mdrc.com/. 2020

Conference presentation:

Is Fundamental Movement Skill Competency Important for Keeping Children Physically Active and a Healthy Weight?, The Healthy and Active Children Symposium - Presented by I-MDRC and CIAPSE, Verona, Italy, Oral presentation. 2019