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

Rethinking Adventurous Activities in Physical Education: Models-Based Approaches. Submitted to Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning in November 2018. Under review.

Wainwright, N., Goodway, J., Whitehead, M., Williams, A. and Kirk, D. (2018) Playful pedagogy for deeper learning : exploring the implementation of the play based Foundation Phase in Wales. Early Childhood development and care (in press)

Edwards, L., Tyler, R., Blain, D., Bryant, A., Canham, N., Carter-Davies, L., Clark, C., Evans, T., Greenall, C., Hobday, J., Anwen, J., Mannello, M., Marchant, E., Miller, M., Moore, G., Morgan, K., Nicholls, S., Roberts, C., Sheldrick, M., Thompson, K., Wainwright, N., Williams, S. and Stratton, G. (2018) Results from Wales’ 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, Journal of Physical Activity and Health 15(suppl 2) (S2): S430-S432DOI:10.1123/jpah.2018-0544

Barnett, L., Dudley, D., Telford, R., Lubans, D., Bryant, A., Roberts, W., Morgan, P., Schranz, N., Wesseneteiner, J., Vella, S., Salmon, J., Ziviani, j., Okely, A., Wainwright, N., Roberts, J., and Keegan, R. (2018). How do we meansure physical literacy? Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 21 DOI:10.1016/j.jsams.2018.09.131

Wainwright, N. (2018) Physical Literacy in Wales (part three) – plugging the gap Physical Education Matters Vol 12 (4)

Wainwright, N., Goodway, J., Whitehead, M., Williams, A. and Kirk, D. (2018) Laying the foundations for physical literacy in the Foundation Phase in Wales: The contribution of the Foundation Phase to the development of Physical literacy. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy  Vol 24(4)

Wainwright, N. (2017) Physical Literacy in Wales (part two) – identifying the gap Physical Education Matters Autumn Vol 12 (3)

Wainwright, N. (2017) Physical Literacy in Wales (part one) Physical Education Matters Summer Vol 12 (2)

Dudley, D., Cairney, J., Wainwright, N., Kriellaars, D. and Mitchell, D. (2017) Critical Considerations for Physical Literacy Policy in Public Health, Recreation, Sport and Education Agencies. Quest 69(4)pp 463-452.

Wainwright, N., Goodway, J., Whitehead, M., Williams, A. and Kirk, D. (2016) The Foundation Phase in Wales – A play-based curriculum that supports the development of physical literacy. Education 3-13 Vol 44(5) pp 513-524

Williams, A. and Wainwright, N. (2016) A new pedagogical model for adventure in the curriculum: Part 1 – advocating for the model. Journal of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. DOI:10.1080/17408989.2015.104821.

Williams, A. and Wainwright, N. (2016) A new pedagogical model for adventure in the curriculum: Part 2 – outlining the model. Journal of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy . DOI:10.1080/17408989.2015.104822.

Evaluation of pilot outdoor education residential experience for the School of Education, University of Strathclyde. Williams, A. and Wainwright, N. (2015) Wales Institute for Physical Literacy.

Williams, A. and Wainwright, N. (2013) Professional development for adventurous activities in Wales. Welsh Jnl of Education (accepted for publication in October 2014)

 Wainwright, N. (2013) Physical Literacy in the Foundation Phase in Wales. Journal of Sport Science and Physical Education, 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.

Wainwright, N., 2018) Laying the foundations of physical literacy in the Foundation Phase in Wales- a sustainable cross sector approach. Rural health conference Builth Wells, 13th November 2018

Wainwright, N., Goodway J., John, A., and Edwards, K.(2018) Developing and supporting physical literacy in the Foundation Phase in Wales- a sustainable cross sector approach. 2018 AIESEP world congress. Edinburgh July 25th -28th

 Saunders, J., Cropley, B., Kennedy, L., Markwell, K., and Wainwright, N. (2018) Making the transition into adulthood- how are university students experiencing the physical literacy journey? 2018 AIESEP world congress. Edinburgh July 25th -28th

Goodway, J.,  Famelia, R., Tsuda, E., Wainwright, N., and John, A. (2017)  Summer Success: A pilot program to promote school readiness in Preschoolers from and urban disadvantaged environment.  3rd International Consortium of Motor Development, Nov 9-11, Melagaco, Portugal.

 Wainwright, N. (2017) Developing physical literacy through a multi-disciplinary approach. Change the Game, Umea Sweden. September 2017

 Wainwright, N. (2017) Laying the foundations for Physical Literacy in early childhood. Change the Game, Umea Sweden. September 2017

Wainwright, N. (2017) The Wales Institute for Physical Literacy. Change the Game, Umea Sweden. September 2017

Wainwright, N., Goodway, J. Whitehead, M., Williams, A., Kirk, D. (2014) A Study of the interpretation and implementation of the Foundation Phase in Wales and its contribution to physical literacy. International Physical Literacy conference Vancouver June 2015.

Wainwright, N. Goodway, J. Whitehead, M. Williams, A. Kirk, D. (2014) Examining the impact of the Foundation Phase on children’s motor development and physical activity. British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, September 23rd 2014.

Wainwright, N., Whitehead, M., Williams, A., Kirk, D. (2014) A Study of the interpretation and implementation of the Foundation Phase in Wales. PESS regional Share and Inspire conference June 19th 2014  

Wainwright, N., Whitehead, M., Williams, A., Kirk, D. (2014) A Study of the interpretation and implementation of the Foundation Phase in Wales. IPLA Charting Progress Workshops Bedford June 6th 2014

Wainwright, N., Whitehead, M., Williams, A., Kirk, D. (2013) A Study of the interpretation and implementation of the Foundation Phase in Wales. The 2nd International Physical Literacy Conference,