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…

The art of Welsh and education

Inspired by a recent conference, Mererid Hopwood considers the lessons we can learn from our forefathers when teaching language…   By now, delegates have returned home from the Athrofa’s first ‘Research in Education’ conference, having given the great cauldron of Languages, Literacy and Communication a good stir. It was almost inevitable that one of the key…

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”.…