Re-thinking the world around us

Future-proofing our education system for the demands of the 21st century is a significant task. But so too is it an opportunity. Here, Dr Jan Barnes champions creativity as a necessary skill in a modern Wales…   I think it is fair to say that the world as we know it is not only changing,…

Yr Athrofa: Professional Learning Partnership receives ITE accreditation

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and its partner schools have been successful in their application to deliver innovative new programmes of initial teacher education (ITE) from September 2019. Programmes put forward by the Athrofa: Professional Learning Partnership (APLP), a collaboration involving UWTSD’s Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education and a network of more…

Welsh twist to international thinking conference

A Welsh academic has presented two papers at a major international conference in the United States. Dr Helen Lewis, a senior lecturer at Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education, spoke at the 18th International Conference on Thinking (ICOT) in Miami, Florida. The conference brought together leading researchers and practitioners from across the world. The event sought…

Rankings boost for Yr Athrofa

Yr Athrofa, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Institute of Education, has made major strides up two leading league tables. Both the Guardian University Guide and the Complete University Guide show significant improvements. In the Guardian 2019 table, UWTSD was ranked 50th for education – up 23 places from first entry last year. The…

Learning Progression for Wales

The CAMAU Project has today published a major Research Report informing a crucial aspect of Wales’ curriculum reform. Developed in partnership by the University of Glasgow and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), the CAMAU project seeks to develop a shared understanding of ‘progression’ in the learning of children and young people between the…

Aiming for Excellence – Graham Donaldson 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, addressed more than 600 future and practising teachers at Yr Athrofa, UWTSD’s Institute of Education. Professor…

A test for Welsh education

Wales is in the midst of radical education reform. Here, Nerys Defis reflects on recent pronouncements from two key players in our system’s development and questions the role of assessment as Wales’ exciting new curriculum develops…   Exams and tests are nothing new and, across the UK, the beginning of summer marks the beginning of…

Countdown to national maths conference at UWTSD

A major national conference focusing on mathematics research will take place at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) this summer. It is the first time the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) has held its summer conference in Wales. UWTSD’s Swansea Business School will host the event on Saturday, June 9…

Graham Donaldson live at Yr Athrofa

Curriculum doyen Professor Graham Donaldson is the keynote speaker at Thursday’s Aiming for Excellence Conference. Organised by Yr Athrofa to celebrate the excellent practice going on in Welsh schools, Aiming for Excellence features presentations from lecturers, school staff and a host of talented student-teachers. One of the leading figures in Welsh education, Professor Donaldson authored…