Yr Athrofa | The Institute of Education

About Us

A coalition of International leaders of education working to transform education and transform lives in Wales.

Professional Learning Partnership

A Professional Learning Partnership involving over 100 schools from across Wales.

Centres of Research and Innovation

Established in key areas: Equity in Education; Language, Literacy and Bilingualism; Early Years Education; and Mathematics Education Research.

Wales Education Commission

The Wales Education Commission brings together distinguished individuals who are considered leading thinkers with a record of outstanding success.

Welcome from the Director

Dylan Jones
Dylan Jones

Hello and welcome to Yr Athrofa: the Institute of Education. My name is Dylan Jones and prior to joining Yr Athrofa in January 2016, I worked in schools for almost 30 years including almost 20 years as a headteacher in three different types of school.

I know what it’s like to be a teacher on education’s frontlines and have seen first-hand the many challenges schools face. But so too have I seen the unwavering passion and dedication of school staff, who make such a lasting contribution to children’s lives every single day.

They are the agents of change and, together with our professional partners, it is my ambition to assist in a purposeful and practical way as we unlock the huge potential that exists within our education system.

Yr Athrofa’s experienced and committed team is ready to play its part in progressing Welsh education and we look forward to working with you in achieving our shared goals. The young people of Wales deserve the best education and the teachers of Wales deserve the best support possible.

By transforming education, we can transform lives.

Diolch, Dylan.

Latest News

Lessons learned from four nations education event

Educators from each of the home nations have been brought together to share expertise and compare the challenges they face. Teachers, lecturers and academics from Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland spent a working weekend in Edinburgh to examine two key issues. The first looked at whether there should be some agreement across the UK…

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Leadership the topic of debate for Wales Education Commission

A guiding coalition of experts have put forward their views on how best to improve educational leadership in Wales. The second meeting of the Wales Education Commission considered the major impact leadership has on school standards and reflected on what some of the world’s highest performing education systems have done to support school leaders. It follows…

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UWTSD Institutional Overview visit by Kirsty Williams cabinet secretary for education at Technium 2, King's Road, SA1, Swansea, Abertawe, Wales on 23 January 2017. Photo: Adam Davies

Education Secretary presented with radical new approach to teacher education

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams was presented with a radical new approach to teacher education during a recent visit to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Vice-chancellor Professor Medwin Hughes and Professor Dylan Jones, director of Yr Athrofa (Institute of Education), put forward their ambitious vision to empower teachers and support schools to develop the…

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Cabinet Secretary welcomes new Wales Education Commission report

A leading coalition of experts have put forward their proposals for how best to improve Wales’ education system. In its inaugural report to the sector, the Wales Education Commission urged ministers to consider the “practical structures” required to support school improvement and recommended the development of a “guiding framework” to underpin national objectives. The Commission,…

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Minister Visit

Minister champions collaboration as key to success

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David welcomed Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language Alun Davies to its Carmarthen Campus to discuss the opportunities afforded by collaboration between the Welsh Government and the higher education sector. It was agreed that by working together, the Welsh Government and the university could ensure the best possible…

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Commission Group

New commission meets to drive educational change in Wales

Some of the world’s leading educational thinkers have been brought together to support school improvement in Wales. The Wales Education Commission has been established by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) to help facilitate improvements in teaching and learning. Members, each with their own record of outstanding success in their fields, will be…

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Our Blog

Less is more for curriculum reform

As Wales develops its new national curriculum, Gareth Evans warns that teachers will need room to innovate and we should not seek to overload those responsible for educating future generations…   It is often said that the quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers. And it is little wonder, given…

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Seek and you shall find – why school leadership makes all the difference

With a new National Academy for Educational Leadership currently under development, Professor David Woods considers the wider benefits of system leadership for all schools in Wales…   Put at its simplest system leadership refers to the form of leadership that goes beyond the individual school to influence the education, achievement and wellbeing of children and…

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Teachers hold key to unlocking potential in Welsh education

Gareth Evans responds to the Chief Inspector’s criticism of Wales’ schools system… It is often said that the quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers. And it is little wonder, given the significant and lasting impact teachers have on the pupils in their care. Teachers are the agents of change…

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Don’t panic! International tests give cause for reflection

Gareth Evans calls for calm ahead of the publication of influential ‘PISA’ results…   Education in Wales will undergo its biggest test in a week’s time. The influential Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results are published again on December 6 and the Welsh Government is said to be bracing itself for bad news. Conducted…

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New approach to maths a key part of the equation

Dr Sofya Lyakhova and Dr Howard Tanner consider the development of a National Network of Excellence for Mathematics…   The recent announcement (3.11.16.) by Education Secretary Kirsty Williams that a National Network of Excellence for Mathematics (NNEM) is to be created should be welcomed by parents, teachers and students in Wales. In these troubled economic…

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