A new and prosperous era for Welsh education?

The Welsh Government’s new education strategy has been launched by Education Secretary Kirsty Williams. Gareth Evans reflects on its content and Wales’ new long-term vision for education…   Teachers, policymakers, union leaders and other key players on the Welsh education scene will have been forgiven for breaking into a cold sweat as they walked into…

Education in Wales: Our National Mission

The Welsh Government has published its new national education plan. Here, writing exclusively for Yr Athrofa, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams presents her ambitious vision for education in Wales…   In Welsh education, we are building on strong foundations. The global experts on education performance, the OECD, recently recognised government and the sector are working closely…

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…

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…

Breaking new ground in education reform

Professor Graham Donaldson reflects on curriculum development to date and explains why teachers in Wales are at the heart of education reform…   One of the most satisfying aspects of my work in Wales is the opportunity it gives me to meet young people, students and teachers and to see excellent practice at first hand.…

Reflections on ResearchED

ResearchED is a teacher-led organisation aimed at improving research literacy in the education community. Elaine Sharpling and Siân Brooks discuss their recent visit to one of its conferences…   After an inspirational opening speech from Tom Bennett, director and founder of ResearchED (which describes itself as “a grass-roots teacher led organisation”), the conference began. Tom…

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…

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,…

Spreading the word – why communication is key to education delivery

Gareth Evans considers the importance of positive communication in delivering Wales’ ‘national mission’ for education…   Wales’ education system has, it is fair to say, withstood a fair amount of flux in recent years. It was former Education Minister Leighton Andrews who really triggered the reform agenda, ripping up and overhauling much of what had…