02 Dec, 2023

Gregory Ryder

  • Head of PE / Director Of Sport / PE Teacher
  • United Kingdom
Physical Education PE Teachers

Personal Summary

I am a devoted Wellness and Physical Education teacher with extensive experience across diverse educational settings, including schools, sports teams, individual coaching, and development environments. Over the years, my expertise has grown in fitness, well-being, lifestyle improvement, and physical education. My teaching philosophy centres on fostering an inclusive and learner-centric environment, accommodating various learning styles and abilities.

My primary aim is to deliver interactive, clear, and participatory learning opportunities. I encourage all students, regardless of their confidence level or academic background, to actively engage in the classroom and ask questions. I believe effective learning happens when there is room for experimentation and growth. In addition to creating a secure environment, I consistently uphold high academic standards, reinforcing school policies and laying a foundation for lifelong and comprehensive learning.

I seek to nurture students' confidence and cultivate essential skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. My goal is to instil physical skills and confidence in students, empowering them to embrace physical activity and well-being throughout their lives.

Education, for me, is about making a positive impact on students and reaching as many people as possible. Demonstrating to students that they matter and that I genuinely care about their well-being is key to influencing them positively. I aim to share my passion for sports and healthy living, hoping that students will pass on this enthusiasm. I want them to understand that dreams and goals are achievable at any stage in life and to recognize the importance of setting, pursuing, and achieving them.

I am committed to providing a safe, consistent, and nurturing learning environment that caters to diverse students' needs, promoting their academic, social, and emotional development. Through cross-curricular experiences encompassing literacy, numeracy, and digital competency, as well as engaging in high-quality oracy practices during lessons, students will learn through dialogue and deepen their understanding through meaningful interactions with teachers and peers. Using stimulating, interconnected topics, cross-curricular learning motivates children while enhancing their skills, knowledge, and understanding.

As a Physical Education Teacher, I am dedicated to removing barriers and addressing the diverse needs of my students. To facilitate holistic and meaningful learning, I remain open-minded, adaptable, and willing to modify teaching and assessment strategies to suit the diverse student body. It is essential to consider the whole student, acknowledging their various backgrounds, physical differences, and personalities.

My teaching approach is characterized by conscientiousness, thoroughness, and well-organized planning, teaching, marking, assessment, and discipline capabilities. Regular collaboration with colleagues, teaching assistants, specialist coaches, and expert staff members enhances my practice to ensure that all students receive an education tailored to their needs. I strongly believe in evidence-based teaching, commencing each lesson with a recap of prior learning, clearly outlining learning objectives, and referring to them frequently throughout the lesson. When introducing new material, I do so in small, manageable steps, providing model examples when needed and allowing students ample practice time.

Over the past decade, I have served as Head of PE and Curriculum and Athletics Director. These roles have equipped me with a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies and challenges involved in overseeing sports programs. Successfully leading sports teams, managing sports facilities, and coordinating sports events, I consistently demonstrate the ability to inspire athletes, build strong teams, and cultivate a culture of sportsmanship and camaraderie.

Work Experience

Head of Physical Education
Byron College, Athens, Greece

Byron College, Athens, Greece

3–18 British International School, UK curriculum

Head of Physical Education, managing, developing, and

overseeing PE school-wide for students from ages 3 to 18,

integrating the existing GCSE Physical Education curriculum

and raising the academic profile of the school.

Wellness & Physical Education Teacher
Whittle School and Studios Shenzhen, Shenzhen

Whittle School and Studios Shenzhen, Shenzhen

US and Chinese national curriculum

K-12 (whole school PE teacher)

Developed the lower school curriculum and led the PE team

Physical Education Coordinator
- Jun 2019 BASIS International School Shenzhen, Shenzhen

US/AP and Chinese national curriculum

K-12 (whole school PE teacher)

Coordinator for the primary PE team, supported and helped

develop curriculum for the PE program

Physical Educator / Sports Specialist
Jan 2017 - Jul 2017 Multi-Sport Ltd Shanghai, Shanghai

Multi-Sport Ltd Shanghai, Shanghai

UK and IB/PYP Curriculum, US/AP

Coaching and teaching 3 -18 year-olds

Worked with some of the top international schools in Shanghai,

leading and developing their extra-curricular and core PE classes

Wellness Manager / Football Coach
Aug 2014 - Dec 2016 American University of Sharjah, Sharjah (UAE)

Coaching and teaching 5 years old - Adults

US curriculum

Leading the wellness program and youth centre at Helping

members of the AUS community and reach and maintain their

optimal level of wellness by providing primary care, preventive

services, and wellness programming


BA Hons Sports Coaching Practice
- May 2014 University of Central Lancashire, Preston (Lancashire)
PGCE Physical Education
Sep 2021 - Jun 2021 Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)