Living La Dolce Vita

Sarah Stewart is taking part in a new collaborative project focussing on equity in education. Drawing on expertise from across Europe, it seeks to tackle some of the biggest obstacles to pupil success. Here, she explains her involvement in the project…   As Wales embarks on curriculum reform, the focus on the quality of children’s…

The Great Divide

When does responsibility for education begin and end? And whose job is it to educate our youngest children? Here, Natalie MacDonald looks to answer the questions that are often swept under the carpet…   One of the questions that has been forefront in my mind recently is where education should begin. Current and proposed policy…

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…

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…

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…

Much more than man’s best friend…

Helen Lewis explores how the bond between a child and a dog may have benefits that impact on learning…   Dispositions are ‘relatively enduring habits of mind and action’, linked to our attitudes and feelings. Dispositions affect how we view ourselves as learners and how confidently we tackle new learning situations. Whether we refer to these…

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.…

Developing a new professionalism in education

Successful Futures has garnered plenty of attention since its inception in 2015. But its focus on entrepreneurial skills has been less well-documented. Alison Evans explains…   One of the key purposes of the curriculum outlined in ‘Successful Futures’ is to ensure all learners will be ‘enterprising, creative contributors’ who are skilled in creative thinking, able…