Kirsty Williams Speaking

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…

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,…

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…

Wales Education Commission – First report to the education community

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,…

Animal magic? Pupils benefit from reading with dogs

They have been man’s best friend for thousands of years. But only now are the benefits of learning with dogs being realised in Welsh classrooms. Schools in South-West Wales have opened their doors to humble hounds in a bid to raise pupils’ confidence and self-esteem. The innovative ‘Burns By Your Side’ scheme helps children in…

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…

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,…