Dr Nalda Wainwright

Nalda is director of the Wales Institute for Physical Literacy (WIPL) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She is programme director for the Masters in Physical Education and co-director of the International Physical Education Research Methods Summer Institute.

Nalda’s doctoral research investigated the implementation of the play-based Foundation Phase curriculum in Wales, focussing in particular on the contribution of playful pedagogy to young children’s physical literacy. As director of WIPL Nalda manages the Welsh Government’s Physical Literacy Project for Schools in the region. Prior to working in Higher Education Nalda was a primary school teacher and head of a unit for pupils with complex needs. She is highly committed to the development of inclusive pedagogical approaches that support the development of physical literacy and ways of charting progress in physical literacy.

Nalda’s commitment to physical literacy is evident in her own leisure time as she highly values physical activity. Her hobbies include surfing, mountain biking, snow boarding. She has completed Ironman Wales and regularly sea swims and takes part in triathlons and cyclosportif events having also completed Marmotte Grandfondo in 2014.

Postal Address:

Nalda Wainwright, WIPL, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen, SA31 3EP

Additional Information

  • Chairperson of BAALPE (Wales  2005-2006).
  • Chairperson afPE Wales (2006-2008)
  • Member of Skills mapping working party for PESS Foundation Phase project.
  • Member of HEI working group for PESS project.
  • Invited member for the inaugural meeting and first workshop of the International Physical Literacy Association
  • Member of the Sport Wales Physical Literacy Expert group
  • Member of BERA
  • Fellow of the HEA
  • Voting Member of the IPLA
  • Inclusion in Physical Education and Sport
  • Health in Education
  • Desks to Dens
  • Curriculum Adventure
  • Leading and Managing Curriculum change in Physical Education.
  • International Exchange in Sport Health and Outdoor Education
  • Research Methods in Masters Physical Education and Outdoor Education
  • Physical Education Masters Internship
  • Physical Education Masters Dissertation
  • The implementation of the Foundation Phase Curriculum in Wales and its impact on children’s Physical Literacy.
  • The impact of curriculum change in Wales on physical literacy.
  • Impacts of Physicality on children’s development and learning.
  • Impact of the outdoors as a learning environment.
  • Teachers’ perceptions of professional development in physical and outdoor  and its impact on their practice.
  • Secondary pupils’ disaffection in Physical Education.
  • Lead Consultant for Physical Education and School Sport (PESS) Inclusion Project
  • Author of the PESS Inclusion CPD module
  • National Trainer for PESS HRE project
  • National Trainer for PESS Competitive activities.
  • National Tutor for PESS gymnastics project.
  • National Tutor for PESS Primary Dance Project
  • National Tutor for the PESS Foundation Phase Physical Development Project.
  •  ‘Class Moves’ Trainer

Wainwright,  N.  (2013) Physical Literacy in the Foundation Phase in Wales. Journal of Sport Science and PhysicalEducation, ICSSPE Bulletin 65 Special Feature Physical Literacy.

Williams, A. and Wainwright, N. (2012), Changing times for outdoor learning in Wales –

Outdoor Learning Cards, Adventurous Activities and Physical Education Horizons July 2012

Wainwright, N. and Williams, A. (2012) “Miss that’s the best PE lesson we’ve ever had and we couldn’t see for most of it.” Adventurous Activities and Physical Education in Wales. Physical Education Matters, summer, Vol 7 (2), 51 – 54, 2012.

Lavin, J.  Wainwright, N. et al. (2011). ‘Children’s Primary Physical Education in the United Kingdom- A post code lottery?  In Primary Physical Education Matters vol. 6 no. 1

Wainwright, N. (2006) ‘Accessing Learning through Effective Physical Education’ In Primary Physical Education Matters vol. 1 no. 3.

Professional teaching resources.

PESS Inclusion Resource and support module for supporting children with Visual Impairment in Physical Education (2010).

PESS Inclusion Resource and support module for Teaching Assistants (2010).

PESS Inclusion Resource Pack and CPD core module (2009).

Book Chapters

Wainwright, N. (2012) From Desks to Dens, In Griggs G (ed) An Introduction to Primary Physical EducationLondon: Routledge.