Nalda Wainwright

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Dr Nalda Wainwright BAEd, MA, PhD

Director: Wales Academy for Health and Physical Literacy

Programme Director: Physical Education, Sport and Physical Literacy (MA)

Principal Lecturer: Institute of Management and Health

Tel: +44 (0) 1267 676730
E-mail: n.wainwright@uwtsd.ac.uk



  • Director of Wales Academy for Health and Physical Literacy
  • Deliver on the Physical Education (BA) and Outdoor Education (BA) Programmes
  • Programme manager for the Physical Education (MA)
  • Course co-director Masters in Physical Education International Summer Institute
  • Co-Director: International Physical Education research methods summer institute

Dr Wainwright spent fourteen years teaching in Primary Education, working with complex and challenging pupils. She was head of a unit for pupils with moderate and complex learning needs and was the local authority associate advisor for Physical Education.

The completion of a Masters Degree in Education led into teacher education at UWSTD. During this time Dr Wainwright was also lead consultant for the Physical Education and School Sport Programme (PESS) in Wales and in this role authored the national professional development module for Inclusion in Physical Education.

The introduction of the Foundation Phase in Wales in 2008 raised many questions around the development of pupils’ physical literacy and Dr Wainwrights' research into the implementation of the Foundation Phase in relation to physical literacy led to the establishment of the Wales Institute for Physical Literacy and her current role of Director of the now Wales Academy for Health and Physical Literacy.

  • 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

Module co-ordinator for:

  • 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
  • Early childhood motor development
  • Professional development programmes to support childhood motor development
  • Parental engagement programmes to support childhood motor development

Dr Wainwright’s research has focussed on curriculum implementation in Wales, in particular how the Foundation Phase achieves outcomes in relation to Physical Literacy.

An internationally recognised expert in the field of Physical literacy and as past vice-chair of the International Physical Literacy Association and member of the Sport Wales Physical Literacy Expert group, she has led developments in this work Nationally and Internationally and presented evidence to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee Inquiry into Physical Activity of Children and Young People.

Dr Wainwright was chair of the Physical Literacy Action Research Group in Wales and Strategic Lead for the Physical Literacy project in the region, managing the government regional grant for physical literacy in schools.
    
Dr Wainwright was an International Expert Advisor for the Australian Sports Commission, Physical Literacy Standards and Framework, is an invited member of the Canadian Sport For Life Physical Literacy Research group and member of the International Motor Development Consortium.

Dr Wainwright is:

  • Chair of the Physical Literacy Action Research Group in Wales and Strategic Lead for the Physical Literacy project in the region, managing the government regional grant for physical literacy in schools
  • An International Expert Advisor for the Australian Sports Commission, Physical Literacy Standards and Framework
  • An invited member of the Canadian Sport For Life Physical Literacy Research group
  • An invited member of the International Motor Development Consortium

Piper, K., Wainwright, N., Emanuel, L. and Williams, A. (2020) A Socio-ecological perspective of mass participation sports events culture in Pembrokeshire. Event Management (in press).

Wainwright, N., Goodway, J., Whitehead, M., Williams, A. and Kirk, D. (2020) Playful pedagogy for deeper learning: exploring the implementation of the play-based Foundation Phase in Wales. Early Childhood development and care. Vol 190(1) pp43-53.

Williams, A. and Wainwright, N. (2020) Rethinking Adventurous Activities in Physical Education: Models-Based Approaches. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning Vol 20 (3) pp-217-229.

Wainwright, N.,  Goodway, J., John,  A.,  Thomas, K.,  Piper, K., Williams, K.  and Gardener,  D (2019) Developing a children's motor skills in the Foundation Phase in Wales to support physical literacy, Education 3-13 Vol 48(5)pp 565-579.

Godley, J.,  Williams, A. and Wainwright, N. Social media and the outdoors: Old solutions to new problems- A new role for the outdoor education residential? Horizons 84 Winter 2018/19, pp24-26.

Keegan, R., Barnett, L., Dudley, D., Telford, R., Lubans, D., Bryant, A., Roberts, W., Morgan, P., Schranz, N., Weissensteiner, J., Vella, S., Salmon, J., Ziviani, J., Okely, A., Wainwright, N. and Evans, J (2019). Defining Physical Education for Application in Australia: A modified Delphi Method. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education Vol. 38 pp 105-118.

Barnett, L., Keegan, R., Dudley, D., Telford, R., Lubans, D., Bryant, A., Roberts, W., Morgan, P., Schranz, N., Weissensteiner, J., Vella, S., Salmon, J., Ziviani, J., Okely, A., Wainwright, N. and Evans, J (2019) Guidelines for the Selection of Physical Literacy Measures in Physical Education in Australia Journal of Teaching in Physical Education Vol. 38 pp 119-125.

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-S432 DOI: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 can we assess 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) pp 431-444.

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. (2014) A new pedagogical model for adventure in the curriculum: Part 1 – advocating for the model. Journal of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. Vol 21(5) pp 481-500.

Williams, A. and Wainwright, N. (2014) A new pedagogical model for adventure in the curriculum: Part 2 – outlining the model. Journal of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. Vol 21(6) pp 589-602.

Williams, A. and Wainwright, N. (2014) Professional development for adventurous activities in Wales. Welsh Jnl of Education. Vol 17, 6-29.

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.

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.

Williams, A. and Wainwright, N., (2011) Changing times in Outdoor Education in Wales. Horizons.

Book Chapters

Wainwright, N. & Davies H. (2017) Physical Education in Wales. In Griggs, G., and Petri K., (eds) The Primary Physical Education Handbook London: Routledge.

Goodyear, Blain, Quarmby and Wainwright (2016) APPlying Teaching and Learning with iPads in Armour and Casey (eds) Pedagogical cases London: Routledge.

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

 

Conference workshops / Presentations

Wainwright, N.   Physical Literacy - The Role of Motor Competence in Supporting a Positive Health Trajectory Child and adolescent obesity in Wales, Welsh Obesity Society & ASO Wales Conference, Cardiff June 26th 2019.

Wainwright, N., Moving Muscles Moving Minds. Keynote Presentation Aiming for excellence conference, Llanelli, 10th May.

Le Rossignol, P., Saunders, J., Kennedy, L., Markwell, K., Wainwright, N. and Copley, B. (2019) The Physical Literacy Journey of University Students (PLJUS) – an international collaboration. ACHPER International Conference, Canberra, 14th -16th January 2019.

 John, A., Goodway, J., Wainwright, N. and Williams, A. (2019) The impact of SKIP-Cymru on pupils’ motor competence, perceived motor competence, and physical activity levels. UK and Ireland network meeting Two- children’s motor competence, University of Cork. January 9th 2019.

 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.

 Williams, A. and Wainwright, N. (2017) Advocating a new model for Adventurous activities in Physical Education: to make learning more meaningful, relevant and successful. Paper presented at the European Outdoor Education Seminar, 28 June – 2 July, Marjon University, Plymouth, England.

Wainwright, N., John, A., Edwards, K., Piper, K. and Goodway J., (2017) Examining the Impact of incorporating Successful Kinesthetic Instruction for Pre-schoolers (SKIP) in the Foundation Phase on Young Children’s Motor Development. Poster Presentation, Inspiring Innovation in Practice Conference Hywel Dda Health Board July 13th 2017.

Wainwright, N., John, A., Edwards, K., Piper, K. and Goodway J., (2017) Examining the Impact of incorporating Successful Kinesthetic Instruction for Pre-schoolers (SKIP) in the Foundation Phase on Young Children’s Motor Development. NAPSPA, San Diego June 2017.

Wainwright, N., (2017) Successful Kinaesthetic Instruction for Pre-schoolers in Wales (SKIP-Cymru). International Physical Literacy Conference, Toronto 12th April 2017.

Wainwright, N., (2017) Using the four pillars to develop a strategic approach to physical literacy. International Physical Literacy Conference, Toronto 12th April 2017.

Wainwright, N., (2017) Improving physical literacy to survive a perfect storm. Keynote presentation International Physical Literacy Conference, Toronto 12th April 2017.

Wainwright, N., Goodway, J. Whitehead, M., Williams, A., Kirk, D. (2016) SKIP in the Foundation Phase in Wales – Laying the foundations for physical literacy. International Motor Development Research Consortium, University of South Carolina. Nov 2016.

Wainwright, N., Goodway, J. Whitehead, M., Williams, A., Kirk, D. (2016) Examining the impact of the Foundation Phase in Wales on children’s motor development. NASPSA Montreal June 2016.

Wainwright, N., Goodway, J. Whitehead, M., Williams, A., Kirk, D. (2015) 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.


Consultancy

Consultant and Author for ‘Footie Families’ Football Association of Wales -Trust project 2018 - Present.