One of Europe’s leading education systems will be the focus of a special symposium in Cardiff this autumn.

Yr Athrofa’s Centre for Education Policy Review and Analysis (CEPRA) will present a unique insight into education in the Netherlands at its ‘Going global: Teaching outside the box’ event on Tuesday, November 12.

Taking place at Tramshed Tech, near Cardiff Central Railway Station, the symposium will feature contributions from the Athrofa delegation that visited the Netherlands in June.

A study visit funded by the British Council included a tour around three schools, a meeting with the VO-raad coalition of school governors, and a policy briefing from advisors to the Minister of Education in The Hague.

The delegation was also treated to a presentation from experts leading curriculum reform in the Netherlands, where policymakers are following a very similar course to that being pursued in Wales.

Teachers from the EAS, ERW and CSC regions took part in the visit, which focussed on curriculum reform, professional learning and teacher education.

Gareth Evans, Director of CEPRA and leader of the delegation, said: “Members of the study visit were given a fascinating insight into one of Europe’s leading education systems by key stakeholders from across the Netherlands.

“November’s event will give those present on the trip the chance to share what they learned with colleagues, and we are looking forward to widening the conversation on some of the key issues facing educators in Wales today.”

Part of the Athrofa Seminar Series, Going global: Teaching outside the box is a free event open to partner schools and friends of Yr Athrofa.

Guests are asked to arrive from 5.30pm for a 6pm start.

Bilingual copies of Yr Athrofa’s report into education in the Netherlands will be made available on the night.

For further details and to confirm your attendance, contact Lesley Morgan at

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