Mrs Karen Rhys Jones

Job Role
Principal Lecturer in Education


Karen Rhys Jones is Programme Leader for the PGCE Primary and Subject Leader for Physical Education.

Since her appointment as Senior Lecturer at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, she has been instrumental in raising the profile of physical education within the School of Education, as well as innovative, pedagogical practice. Karen has taught on many education and sport and exercise science modules, contributing to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Karen’s contribution to Sports Wales’ Physical Education and School Sports (PESS) project, primarily in North East Wales, enabled her to work with, and develop successful partnerships with LA personnel, head teachers and teaching colleagues, where she prided herself in the atmosphere created during courses to ensure delegates had a positive and productive experience. Karen worked as a National Trainer within Gymnastics, Dance, Mentoring and Generic Tutor Training. She was also a tutor for Health, Fitness and Wellbeing, Play to Learn and Creative Movement. She has acted as a consultant and delivered CPD training to both students and teachers, and was involved as an assessor for the physical education quality mark ‘Activemarc Cymru’.

Karen was recently seconded to GwE as a Physical Literacy Programme for Schools Manager (PLPS) in North Wales. As GwE’s PLPS Manager, she worked across Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey. This seconded position was funded by Welsh Government and managed through Sport Wales. Her role was to support teachers and practitioners (within education and beyond) to equip children and young people with confidence, skills and knowledge to enjoy physical education (PE) and therefore create a physically literate population in Wales.

Karen engages with head teachers, teachers, school challenge advisors, school improvement teams and local authority personnel to highlight the importance of physical literacy, and has been involved in the design and delivery of bespoke workshops.

She continues to work as a Physical Literacy Consultant for Sport Wales and has developed a new training package and programme for community physical literacy.


BA (Hons) Applied Social Sciences and Physical Education (Edge Hill), PGCE Secondary Physical Education (Cardiff), Masters in Education (Bangor University).

Professional memberships:

AfPE (Association for Physical Education)

IPLA (International Physical Literacy Association)

Wrexham LA’s Health, Social Care & Well-Being Strategy

University of Wales HEIs

IPDA (International Professional Development Association)


Karen is currently studying for her Professional Doctorate. Her research allows her to keep abreast of contemporary and current issues, deepen her understanding of the concept of physical literacy, and support teaching and student learning.


BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences

BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching