Sally Bethell

​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Position:​Senior Lecturer
​School:​ Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy
​ Telephone:​029 2041 6071
​Room No:​C016



• Association for Physical Education - AfPE
• Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy - SFHEA

Research Interests:
• Reflective practice
• Problem-based learning
• Trainee Teachers learning


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.

Professional / Non-refereed Publications:
Lofthouse, R., Greenway, C., Bethell, S., Davies, P., Davies, D., Morgan, G., Watkins, S., Davies Barnes, S., Challenger, S. and Herrington, P. (2016) ‘Trainee teachers’ conceptions of their own learning: does context make a difference?’, Leeds University: BERA.


Routes into Teaching - Collaboration Between Cardiff Metropolitan, Birmingham and Newcastle Universities.

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.


Sally is a senior lecturer in the School of Education and Social Policy. Formerly the Programme Director for PGCE Secondary, she now teaches on the PGCE PE course and the Issues in PE and pedagogy undergraduate course. She also contribute to the PE provision for Primary PGCE and the MA in Physical Education and Sport. As an undergraduate Sally studied at The University of North Wales, Bangor, Joint BA (Hons) in Physical Education and Sociology. She completed a PGCE in Physical Education at Exeter University. Her 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, Sally relocated to south Wales teaching PE in a Gloucester school. At the same time, she started working for Sport Wales as a National Trainer involved in the Dragon Sport project. From her consultancy work with Sport Wales, she became a National Trainer, involved in tutor training and quality improvement. With the advent of the Physical Education and School Sport (PESS) Government initiative, she became a National trainer for the Health, Fitness and Well-being project working on developing resources and delivering training courses. Her involvement in these projects has supported the teaching of the health and well-being aspect of the current PGCE programme and reflects the emphasis on this aspect in the new curriculum for Wales.

From 2011-14 PGCE PE successfully attracted substantial funding to develop high quality PE CPD opportunities for trainee teachers in primary and secondary. Sally is involved as an External Examiner for the BA (Hons) with QTS at Brighton University. She has 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

Further Information

Sally is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate in Education.