A year in the life of an Education Secretary…

As Kirsty Williams nears an important milestone, Gareth Evans looks back on the Cabinet Secretary for Education’s first year in post…   They say a day is a long time in politics. If that’s the case, a year must feel like an eternity to Kirsty Williams. When Wales’ Cabinet Secretary for Education marks her first…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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