Rhys Coetmor Jones

Rhys Coetmor Jones
Lecturer in Education (Physical Education)
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Profile Rhys Coetmor Jones completed a BA (Hons) in Sport and Human Movement Studies at Cardiff Institute of Higher Education (now Cardiff Metropolitan University) before completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Physical Education at Bangor University. On graduating he taught mainly Physical Education but also Science and Geography in Welsh and English medium secondary schools, as well as Physical Education at a primary and secondary school in Perth, Western Australia and at a school in Hyattsville, Washington DC, USA where he was also one of the soccer coaches. He has been a Head of Physical Education and been a part of the senior leadership team.

Rhys also worked for a sport education company in the USA as a Regional Director where he was responsible for designing, delivering and teaching/coaching physical education and sport programs for children ages between 3-18 at elementary, middle and high schools, community physical activity and sport providers and youth soccer clubs across Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky and parts of Georgia. As part of his work Rhys delivered coach education programs for soccer and multi-sports coaches, as well as Physical Education teachers. He also was responsible for recruiting, training and managing soccer and multi-sports coaches throughout the year across the south-east region.

Rhys took up his lecturing post at Bangor University where he then completed his MA in Education Leadership, and is completing a Master’s level (Level 7) qualification in ‘Executive Coaching and Mentoring’ with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). His research interests and activities are in Physical Education pedagogy (models based practice), curriculum/teacher/leadership development and learner/teacher well-being through coaching methodologies and interventions. He is researching towards his PhD (through publication) within the field of coaching for well-being, leadership and professional development and learning. Whilst at Bangor Rhys has taught Physical Education, Well-being and tutored on all initial teacher education programs (Primary and Secondary sectors), BA in Childhood Studies, FdA in Early Childhood, BSc in Sport Science and Physical Education and BSc in Sport, Health, Physical Activity and Physical Education. Rhys is the lead tutor and co-ordinator for the PGCE in Physical Education. He currently is Deputy Director of the PGCE Secondary course, Director of the Graduate Teacher Program (GTP) and a member of the senior management group at the School of Education and Human Development. He also is a member of Bangor University’s coaching leadership and development team, coaching academic, support services and management staff at all levels within the University and Gwynedd County Council. He also worked as an external member of a validation panel at Cardiff Metropolitan University, to provide specialist input into the validation process of a new bi-lingual Physical Education undergraduate degree program at the university.


  • Director of Graduate Teacher Program (GTP)
  • Deputy Director of PGCE Secondary
  • Lead tutor for Physical Education
  • Created, implemented and co-ordinates professional studies cluster meetings to enhance professional learning, well-being and engagement for secondary PGCE trainees whilst on school experience. Three Welsh and English medium clusters have successfully been established and in operation across the North Wales region during the last three academic years.


BA Addysg Gynradd (SAC) / Primary Education (QTS)

XCC 1011 Byd y Plentyn / XCE 1011 Child’s World XCC 2009 Non-core subject studies .

XCE 2009 Non-Core subject studies
XCC 3009 Pynciau allgraidd / XCE 3009 Non-core subject studies

XCC 3011 Byd y Plentyn / XCE 3011 Child’s World

TAR Cynradd / PGCE Primary

XTC 3014/16 Datblygu sgiliau addysgu 3-7 & 7-11

XTE 3014/16 Developing teaching skills 3-7 & 7-11

TAR Uwchradd / PGCE Secondary

XPC/XPE 4001 Addysg Gorfforol/Physical Education

XPC/XPE 4005 Astudiaethau Proffesiynol/Professional Studies

FdA Early Childhood

XAC/XAE 2026 Y Plentyn Iach / The Healthy Child

Research Supervision

PGCE Primary Research Project / TAR Cynradd Prosiect Ymchwil

PGCE Secondary Action Research / TAR Uwchradd Ymchwil Gweithredol

MA Education (f/t): Myfanwy Wilson ‘Intrinsic motivation within Physical Education Teacher Education’

Professional Memberships

Association for Physical Education (AfPE)

Expertise and Research Interests

Rhys’s research interests and expertise are in models-based practice, teacher and leadership professional development and learning through coaching interventions and the use of technology and social media in teacher development and student learning. He also is interested in coaching as a methodology to develop children and young people’s well-being, resilience and mental toughness. He currently is researching the use of ‘lesson study’ to develop pre-service and in-service teachers practice, and the effect of peer-mentoring groups on PGCE students professional learning, well-being and engagement. Rhys is also involved in the formulation and development of a coaching leadership development program for Education leaders within North West Wales. This is a collaboration between Gwynedd County Council’s department of Human Resources, Education and Bangor University’s School of Education and Human Development. Rhys has one article which has been submitted, and has two other articles that will be completed and submitted this year.


£55,000 Sport Wales Physical literacy project

Research & Publications

Unpublished MA Dissertation, University of Chester. Effective mentoring within initial teacher education

Jones, R. To be submitted. Characteristics of an effective mentoring program. North and Mid Wales Centre of Teacher Education, Wales Journal of Education.

Jones, R. In progress. Peer mentoring groups. Student teacher, professional mentor and tutor’s perspectives, Journal of Teacher Action Research.

Jones, R, Jones, S. In progress. Professional learning through Lesson Study within Initial Teacher Education, International journal for lesson and learning studies