Wales Education Commission – Second report to the education community

The importance of leadership in driving forward educational change in Wales has been highlighted in a new report by a guiding coalition of international experts. In its second report to the education community, the Wales Education Commission considered the quest for effective system leadership at all levels within Wales’ education system to be “of paramount importance”.…

Research in education a valuable topic for discussion

Strengthening research in teacher education was the focus of a recent OECD workshop commissioned by the Welsh Government. Elaine Sharpling reflects on a productive meeting of minds…   I certainly found the recent OECD workshop in Cardiff to be an enlightening experience. Fellow teacher educators from the international community led a series of workshops which…

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…

Workforce survey sheds new light on life in schools

The results of Wales’ first National Education Workforce Survey have been published and, according to Gareth Evans, cannot be ignored…   Against a backdrop of shrinking budgets, concerns around accountability and a steady stream of negative press, it was perhaps no surprise that Wales’ first National Education Workforce Survey returned something of a mixed bag.…

Welsh in Education and Life

As the Athrofa finishes preparations for its first research in education conference on ‘Languages, Literacy and Communication’, Mererid Hopwood revisits a report published 90 years ago: ‘Welsh in Education and Life’…   1927 It’s a significant year. This is the year the British Broadcasting Corporation was established under the leadership of Sir John Reith as…

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,…