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Research sheds new light on asymmetric school weeks

A report highlighting the benefits and challenges resulting from asymmetric school weeks has been published by Yr Athrofa: Centre for Education (University of Wales Trinity Saint David). The value of asymmetric school weeks: Lessons learned from schools in Wales builds on the nation’s ambitious education reform agenda, and offers unique reflections on two pioneering approaches…

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Yr Athrofa celebrates education rankings rise

Yr Athrofa, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Institute of Education and Humanities, has been ranked first in Wales for a number of key subject areas. The university was the top-ranked Welsh institution for education, history and forensic science and archaeology in the prestigious Guardian University Guide. Overall, UWTSD was ranked 15th in the…

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Study visit puts Welsh education on the world map

UWTSD academics have visited Australia to learn from colleagues and share developments relating to Wales’ education reform journey. Staff from Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education and Humanities had a paper accepted at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) annual conference – which brings together education experts from across the world. One of the…

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Inspiring children to love reading and writing

Pop Up Projects, in association with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), has presented a series of workshops for teachers and authors to explore, engage and experiment with ways to bring books to life.  Pop Up Lab took the form of a one-day practice-sharing conference, held in Swansea’s Village Hotel, enabling participants to…

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Going global: Comparing education in Wales and the Netherlands

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,…

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International study visit enriches Welsh reform agenda

Teachers from across South Wales were given a unique insight into Dutch education during an international study visit to the Netherlands. A five-day trip 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…

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Yr Athrofa celebrates education rankings rise

Yr Athrofa, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Institute of Education, has moved further up a respected league table. The Guardian University Guide ranked Yr Athrofa 43rd in the UK – a rise of seven places from rankings published in 2018. Yr Athrofa was ranked 76 in the UK shortly after its launch in 2016. Programmes…

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Aiming for Excellence – Graham Donaldson returns for seventh annual student-teacher conference

One of the leading figures in Welsh education was invited to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to inspire the next generation of teachers.  Education expert and author of the Welsh Government’s ‘Successful Futures’ report, Professor Graham Donaldson, addressed more than 600 future and practising teachers at Yr Athrofa, UWTSD’s Institute of Education. Professor Donaldson…

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Register now for free summer conference on equity in schools

A free half-day conference focussing on equity in schools is being held next month at Yr Athrofa’s new waterfront campus. Aimed at educational leaders, regional consortia and professionals with an interest in supporting equity within school contexts, the event will explore key themes related to promoting educational equity. A series of stand-out keynote speakers include…

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New research fuels Wales’ national professional learning offer

Research informing the development of a new national framework for professional learning of the education workforce has been published today by Yr Athrofa. A team of researchers based at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David was commissioned last summer to conduct a series of ‘rapid reviews’ to support the evidence-base for the emerging National…

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UWTSD welcomes students from the Sámi University of Applied Sciences

International education experts were given an insight into Wales’ education system during a recent visit to Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education. A delegation from Norway, including a member of the Sami Parliament’s Education Department and a group of students and lecturers from the Sámi University of Applied Sciences, were welcomed to UWTSD’s Carmarthen Campus by…

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New dawn as Yr Athrofa moves into SA1

Yr Athrofa: The Institute of Education is looking forward to an exciting new chapter in its long and illustrious history after moving into state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of Swansea’s waterfront. The eye-catching development includes purpose-built facilities for learning, teaching and research as well as social, leisure and recreation space. Yr Athrofa is relocating from…

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Yr Athrofa: Professional Learning Partnership receives ITE accreditation

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and its partner schools have been successful in their application to deliver innovative new programmes of initial teacher education (ITE) from September 2019. Programmes put forward by the Athrofa: Professional Learning Partnership (APLP), a collaboration involving UWTSD’s Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education and a network of more…

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Welsh twist to international thinking conference

A Welsh academic has presented two papers at a major international conference in the United States. Dr Helen Lewis, a senior lecturer at Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education, spoke at the 18th International Conference on Thinking (ICOT) in Miami, Florida. The conference brought together leading researchers and practitioners from across the world. The event sought…

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Rankings boost for Yr Athrofa

Yr Athrofa, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Institute of Education, has made major strides up two leading league tables. Both the Guardian University Guide and the Complete University Guide show significant improvements. In the Guardian 2019 table, UWTSD was ranked 50th for education – up 23 places from first entry last year. The…

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Learning Progression for Wales

The CAMAU Project has today published a major Research Report informing a crucial aspect of Wales’ curriculum reform. Developed in partnership by the University of Glasgow and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), the CAMAU project seeks to develop a shared understanding of ‘progression’ in the learning of children and young people between the…

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Countdown to national maths conference at UWTSD

A major national conference focusing on mathematics research will take place at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) this summer. It is the first time the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) has held its summer conference in Wales. UWTSD’s Swansea Business School will host the event on Saturday, June 9…

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Graham Donaldson live at Yr Athrofa

Curriculum doyen Professor Graham Donaldson is the keynote speaker at Thursday’s Aiming for Excellence Conference. Organised by Yr Athrofa to celebrate the excellent practice going on in Welsh schools, Aiming for Excellence features presentations from lecturers, school staff and a host of talented student-teachers. One of the leading figures in Welsh education, Professor Donaldson authored…

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Cabinet Secretary delivers Athrofa Seminar

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has presented her vision for Post-Compulsory Education and Training as part of the Athrofa Seminar Series. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education, in partnership with the Welsh Government, hosted a major keynote from Ms Williams on Monday at Tramshed Tech, Cardiff. Ms Williams told an audience…

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Yr Athrofa hosts Education Secretary keynote

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams will deliver a keynote address as part of the Athrofa Seminar Series. Yr Athrofa, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Institute of Education, in partnership with the Welsh Government, will host Ms Williams at Yr Athrofa in Cardiff’s Tramshed Tech, on Monday, April 23 at 6pm. Ms Williams will discuss her education agenda and plan…

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Changing feedback to benefit pupils and teachers

Verbal feedback using technology can decrease teacher workload and give pupils a more personalised feedback experience, according to a new report. Research undertaken by academics at Yr Athrofa found the versatility of verbal feedback using technology to be a particular strength, as it could be related to a pupils’ age and stage of development or…

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A step forward for new national curriculum

A major research project informing a crucial aspect of Wales’ curriculum reform has presented its first findings. Developed in partnership by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and the University of Glasgow, the CAMAU project seeks to develop a shared understanding of ‘progression’ in the context of Successful Futures. Professor Graham Donaldson’s wideranging…

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Lessons from Wales shared with South African delegation

A leading international Education Minister was given an insight into innovative new models of teacher education during a visit to Yr Athrofa. Debbie Schafer, Provincial Minister of Education for the Western Cape Government, South Africa, led a delegation to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD’s) Institute of Education to learn more about its…

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Education Secretary Kirsty Williams visits Yr Athrofa

University of Wales Trinity Saint David was delighted to welcome Education Secretary Kirsty Williams to the university’s Yr Athrofa to inspire the next generation of classroom teachers. The Cabinet Secretary met student-teachers at the university’s Townhill campus and took part in a live question and answer session with students, staff and school-based colleagues. She was…

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Cabinet Secretary for Education inspires student-teachers

Cabinet Secretary Kirsty Williams has visited the next generation of classroom teachers at Yr Athrofa. After an inspirational presentation, during which she described teaching as ‘the best job in the world’, Ms Williams spent an hour answering questions from the university’s student-teachers. The event was designed to introduce future teachers to the Welsh Government’s ambitious education strategy, ‘Our…

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New vision for initial teacher education in Wales

Yr Athrofa: Professional Learning Partnership has submitted three programmes of initial teacher education for accreditation with the Education Workforce Council (EWC). In doing so, the APLP has signaled its intention to be part of an exciting new ITE offer that takes into consideration a series of new education policies being rolled-out by the Welsh Government.…

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Teachers hail impact of professional development courses

Teachers interested in motivational professional development are being encouraged to sign up for two exciting professional learning opportunities. The Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP) and the Improving Teacher Programme (ITP) are practical and interactive courses committed to taking professional development in education to a higher level. Both programmes have a strong track record of success in…

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Symposium sheds new light on Canadian education

One of the world’s leading education systems will be the focus of a special symposium in Cardiff this autumn. Yr Athrofa will present a unique insight into education in Ontario, Canada, at its ‘Tales from Toronto’ event on Thursday, September 28. Taking place at Tramshed Tech, near Cardiff Central Railway Station, the symposium will feature…

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New alliance with Big Learning Company

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has signed a strategic partnership with one of the UK’s leading digital learning organisations. The Big Learning Company (BLC) will support the Institute of Education’s plans for teacher education and further enhance the opportunities available to partner schools and Yr Athrofa staff. It is anticipated that the university’s…

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Fact-finding mission to Canada informs Welsh thinking

Headteachers from across South Wales took part in a study visit to Canada for an insight into one of the world’s leading education systems. A delegation led by Yr Athrofa, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Institute of Education, spent four days in Toronto as part of its Global Leadership Programme funded by the…

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Enterprise event looks at the bigger picture

Teachers across Wales are being invited to take part in a special one-off event to share knowledge and understanding of enterprise education. Hosted by the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), the event – ‘Future-proofing education: The Entrepreneurial Imperative in Wales’ – will take place on Friday, July 14 from 9.30am-3pm at Townhill Campus,…

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Curriculum doyen inspires next generation of teachers

One of the leading figures in Welsh education was invited to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to inspire the next generation of teachers. Education expert and author of the Welsh Government’s ‘Successful Futures’ report, Professor Graham Donaldson, gave the keynote address at UWTSD’s annual ‘Aiming for Excellence’ conference about his proposals for a…

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International conference gives linguists chance to share expertise

A major conference focusing on a cornerstone of Wales’ new national curriculum attracted more than 100 delegates from across Europe. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Yr Athrofa – Institute of Education – hosted a special Languages, Literacy and Communication Conference at its Carmarthen Campus on April 6-7. Yr Athrofa’s inaugural Research in Education…

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Trilingual music project hits the right notes

A pilot project which uses music to encourage language learning is being rolled out across primary schools in South and West Wales. The trilingual music project, Listening to Language/ Cerdd Iaith, seeks to address the decline of language learning in Wales. Led by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, BBC National Orchestra of Wales,…

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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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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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