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Building Stronger PE and School Sport Networks for 'Successful Futures'

Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy, Cyncoed Campus, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK

Friday 30th June 2017

Event Overview

Building a stronger PE and School Sport community for ‘successful futures’

With the changes that are taking place in Wales in line with the Donaldson Review (2016) that we move to six areas of learning (AoL), the PE profession finds itself in an interesting position when considering these implications on the curriculum design and for s the subject.   

With the current understanding that PE will possibly sit in the Health and Well-being AoL, the role of the PE department will be, to continue to provide High Quality PE experiences for all pupils, but also, to position itself at the centre of a whole school strategy for Health and Well-being.

Firstly, where many schools have provided a very traditional programme of summer and winter games, there is a challenge to expand the opportunities provided both in curriculum and extra-curricular time.  Secondly, there is the challenge of supporting whole school development of the Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF) and the Digital Competence Framework (DCF) within curriculum PE time.   Moreover, under pinning the concept of the 'holistic child is a child-cantered approach to teaching and learning.  The focus of this within 'Successful Futures' (2016) complements the existing concept of physical literacy (Whitehead 2013).  As physical educators, we must not only teach the physical skills to support a child's physical development, but we must look to develop pupils emotionally (through development of their confidence and motivation) and cognitively (through their knowledge and understanding) to value and take responsibly for being active for life.   Only then can we support a child on their physical literacy journey.

This conference will look to:

• Provide practical CPD opportunities in a wide range of alternative and traditional activities that can be incorporated into the PE curriculum
• Demonstrate how PE can support elements of the Digital Competence Framework (DCF)
• Make connections with the physical literacy programme for schools (PLPS) project
• Share good practice across the Welsh PE community
• Develop links through Sport Wales, NGB's and local sports development teams.

Key note speakers include:

• Sarah Powell- CEO of Sport Wales
• Professor Tom Crick – one of the authors of the DCF

Keynote Speakers

Sarah Powell

Sarah Powell is the Chief Executive Officer of Sport Wales; the first female to hold the position within the organisation.

Sarah captained the national hockey team at all age levels, winning over 70 senior caps and playing at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games before retiring from international competition to take on coaching the Welsh U18 hockey team.

Educated at Porthcawl Comprehensive, Sarah went on to study Psychology at Swansea University before gaining her PGCE teaching qualification from UWIC.  She started her work career as a secondary school teacher in Lewis Girls Comprehensive, Ystrad Mynach before joining the Sports Council for Wales to work with Welsh National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of sport. 

She was subsequently seconded to the Welsh Sports Association to develop and lead a modernisation programme for NGBs, before returning to Sport Wales to head the Performance and Excellence department.  She authored and implemented Wales' Elite Sports Strategy which provided the framework within which Welsh athletes broke all records in terms of medals won at the 2012 London Olympic Game, and again at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014.

Sarah was a Board Director of Ryder Cup Wales Limited, and is a non-Executive Board member of the Commonwealth Games Council of Wales.  She also sits on a number of UK Groups such as UK Sport High Performance Advisory Group and Sports Coach UK (scUK) Steering Group and recently chaired a review into coaching excellence on behalf of scUK.


As part of our Sustainable Travel Plan, we encourage all visitors, students, and staff to travel to the University by walking, cycling, public transport, or by car sharing.

Cyncoed Campus
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cyncoed Road
CF23 6XD

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The 52/52A bus travels from the city centre to the Cyncoed campus every 15 minutes during the day, via Albany Road and Penylan Road.


Heath High Level and Heath Low Level railway stations are approx. 25 minutes walk from the Cyncoed campus, serving the area from the Rhymney and Coryton lines. See National Rail Enquiries for train times.


If travelling by car please use postcode CF23 6XD.

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How to Register

The conference fee is £75 per person.

Registration for this conference is now closed.

The fee is inclusive of conference registration, lunch and refreshments.

(Cancellations must be in writing and made more than 10 working days prior to the conference or you will be charged the full rate).

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Contact Us

Queries and correspondence regarding the content of the event should be sent to Fiona Diffey or Mark Samuels at: fdiffey@cardiffmet.ac.uk / msamuels@cardiffmet.ac.uk

For enquiries regarding booking, or any other administrative detail please contact a member of the Research and Enterprise team at: successfulfutures@cardiffmet.ac.uk