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…

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…

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.…

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…

Less is more for curriculum reform

As Wales develops its new national curriculum, Gareth Evans warns that teachers will need room to innovate and we should not seek to overload those responsible for educating future generations…   It is often said that the quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers. And it is little wonder, given…