Fiona Heath-Diffey

​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Position:​Programme Leader for PGCE Secondary Physical Education and Sport
​School:​ Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy
​ Telephone:​029 2020 5894
​Room No:​C013



Research Groups:
• Welsh Physical Literacy Research group

• Association for Physical Education (AfPE) Wales
• International Physical Literacy Associations (IPLA) - Member and Trustee for the IPLA 
• Welsh Basketball Associations

Research Interests:
• Physical Literacy
• Development of PE during ITTE
• Development of Primary PE
• Development of Secondary PE


Peer refereed journals
Currently under review with Education 3-13: Motivational climate and physical literacy in primary physical education. Dr K Morgan, Dr A Bryant, F Diffey

Professional / non-refereed publications
Published in the ICSSPE Bulletin, Nov 2013. Motivational climate and physical literacy in primary physical education Dr K Morgan, Dr A Bryant, F Diffey


Principle Investigator- Primary ITTE PE collaborative project between Sport Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan University; Title: Primary PGCE students’ confidence and motivation to teach PE: Implications for pupils’ physical literacy

Principle Investigator- Internal Research project between CSE and CSS. Project title: Motivational climate and physical literacy in primary physical education

Leading a group of international colleagues who are writing professional development courses for the International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA).

Working as one of the members on the Physical Literacy Project for Schools (PLPS).  This is looking is a Welsh Government funded project through Sport Wales that is looking at how the concept of Physical Literacy can be embedded into a school and its surrounding community. Fiona is heading up the education and training section of this project and is currently working with three pioneer schools as part of a pilot.  


Fiona Diffey trained as a secondary PE teacher at Cardiff Metropolitan in 2003-4. Over the last 7 years Fiona has spent her time working in both the secondary sector as a PE teacher as well as the primary sector as a PE specialist. In 2011 Fiona joined the staff of the PGCE Secondary program at Cardiff Metropolitan University, where she currently works as a the Program Leader for the PGC PE course. As well as working full time on the secondary PGCE PE, Fiona also delivers on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that focus on teacher training and the pedagogy of teaching. Having become very interesting in the field of Physical Literacy as a teacher, Fiona's research has focused into the area of Motivational Climate and the role Initial Teacher Training and Education (ITTE) can play in the preparation of primary and secondary ITTE students to deliver high quality PE that fosters the concepts of Physical Literacy.