Sally Bethell

​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Position:​Lecturer PGCE Secondary
​School:​Cardiff School of Education
​ Telephone:​029 2041 6071
​Room No:​C016



• Association for Physical Education - AfPE
• Fellow of Higher Education Academy - FHEA

Research Interests:
• Problem-based learning
• Becoming a reflective practitioner


Peer-refereed Journals:
Bethell. S, and Morgan. K, (2011) Problem–based and experiential learning: Engaging students in an undergraduate Physical Education module. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education, Practical paper 10(1), 128-134.


​PESS CPD courses - Sport Wales funded the university to provide high quality PE courses as an additional training opportunity to their PGCE provision. I was the project manager working with the Enterprise team to plan, organise and deliver the courses. Over the course of the 3 years 280+ CPD opportunities were provided for PGCE secondary and primary trainee teachers.


My undergraduate time was spent at The University of North Wales, Bangor, studying for a Joint BA (Hons) in Physical Education and Sociology. I completed my PGCE in Physical Education at Exeter. My teaching career started in Oxfordshire as a main scale PE teacher, before moving to North Yorkshire for 12 years continuing as PE teacher as well as a head of department, head of careers and became an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST).

In 2000, I relocated to south Wales teaching PE in a Gloucester school. At the same time, I started working for Sport Wales as a National Trainer involved in the Dragon Sport project. From my consultancy work with Sport Wales, I became a National Trainer, involved in tutor training and quality improvement. With the advent of the Physical Education and School Sport (PESS) Government initiative, I became a National trainer for the Health, Fitness and Well-being project, working on developing resources and delivering training courses. My involvement in these projects has supported my teaching of the health, fitness and well-being aspect of the current PGCE programme.

For the past 3 years PGCE PE has successfully attracted substantial funding to develop high quality PE CPD opportunities for our trainee teachers in primary and secondary. I am involved as an External Examiner with Gloucester University and Brighton University. I have also undertaken Estyn peer-inspector training.​

External Links

​External Examiner for Gloucester University PGCE

External Examiner for Brighton University BA(Hons) QTS Physical Education

Trained Estyn Peer Inspector