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,…

Digital natives or social outcasts?

Advancements in technology are changing the world as we know it. But at what cost? Carys Jennings investigates…   Children are now bombarded from infancy with a diet of fast moving sounds and images produced by gadgets. In restaurants, shopping centres, cafes and homes our youngest are being pacified with digital dummies – (a term…

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…

Life outside the classroom

A recent survey of school staff shone a light on the many challenges facing the Welsh education workforce. In a fascinating blog post, Nerys Defis explains the everyday reality for teachers in Wales and opens up on why she swapped the classroom for university…   For almost 20 years I spent my professional life as a…