A rising tide lifts all boats

As the development of Wales’ new national curriculum reaches an important milestone, Elaine Sharpling calls on stakeholders to grasp the opportunity to both raise standards and address the attainment gap…   In eager anticipation, those of us working in education in Wales await the launch of the curriculum later this month. Whatever the documentation looks like –…

A curriculum belonging to the people of Wales

As the development of Wales’ new national curriculum gathers pace, Professor Mererid Hopwood calls on all key stakeholders to remain open minded and ambitious for the opportunities it presents…   As the new term races ahead, the Pioneers’ perseverance must be admired. The fast-approaching submission deadlines demand a shorter night’s sleep to make room for…

Melting snowflakes for a new era in education

Preparing the next generation of classroom teachers is hugely important, but, argues Elaine Sharpling, over-protecting students and neglecting proper challenge can hamper their development. In this insightful blog, she offers an alternative to what has been dubbed the ‘snowflake generation’ and calls for a more pragmatic approach to teacher education…   As a teacher educator…

Black History Month in Wales

Black History Month was another roaring success this year, with celebratory events taking place across the country. But what is it all about? Dr Paul Hutchings and Katie Sullivan explain…   Black History Month (BHM for short) has been celebrated every October since 1987 in the United Kingdom, but many people are either unaware even…

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,…

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…