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The Great Divide

When does responsibility for education begin and end? And whose job is it to educate our youngest children? Here, Natalie MacDonald looks to answer the questions that are often swept under the carpet…   One of the questions that has been forefront in my mind recently is where education should begin. Current and proposed policy…

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Trilingual Tango – exploring the rhythm of language

Mererid Hopwood and Siân Brooks put their best foot forward during a new project linking language, music and dance…   It all started with a ‘balanceo’, the rhythmic swaying to check your partner’s position, and then we were off for an Argentine Tango lesson – this was a training event like none we had ever experienced. The…

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Too little, too late for small schools in Wales?

Pupils across Wales are set to benefit from a new £2.5m grant to support small and rural schools. But will it make a difference? Nanna Ryder investigates…   Once more this week, one of the main headlines in the weekly local newspaper, the ‘Cambrian News’, refers to the closure of small schools in Ceredigion. During the…

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Much more than man’s best friend…

Helen Lewis explores how the bond between a child and a dog may have benefits that impact on learning…   Dispositions are ‘relatively enduring habits of mind and action’, linked to our attitudes and feelings. Dispositions affect how we view ourselves as learners and how confidently we tackle new learning situations. Whether we refer to these…

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Developing a new professionalism in education

Successful Futures has garnered plenty of attention since its inception in 2015. But its focus on entrepreneurial skills has been less well-documented. Alison Evans explains…   One of the key purposes of the curriculum outlined in ‘Successful Futures’ is to ensure all learners will be ‘enterprising, creative contributors’ who are skilled in creative thinking, able…

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Thinking holistically about curriculum reform in Wales

Curriculum reform is as daunting as it is exciting. But we must not lose sight of the bigger picture, explains Natalie Williams…   I’ve been delighted to read time and again the positive reception that the Donaldson report and its recommendations have received. Having spent more than 10 years publishing resources and support for curriculum change…

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Breaking the shackles of curriculum reform

Gareth Evans looks at the development of Successful Futures and a new approach to implementation…   There is a tendency in education to whirl around in circles. New policy comes in with a bang and goes out with a whimper. Then the cycle starts all over again. Wales’ education system has, it is fair to…

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Early entry – putting the interests of the learner first

The Welsh Government has recently announced plans to reduce the number of pupils sitting their GCSE exams ahead of schedule after a marked rise in early entries. Here, writing exclusively for Yr Athrofa, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams explains why…   This summer we saw a huge increase in the number of young people being entered…

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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…

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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…

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